OVHA's goal is
“To make health a reality for the people of Odisha” that
in turn will enable every individual to lead a social
and economically productive life. Since 1974 OVHA is
taking initiatives in this direction. A cursory view
over Odisha's current development scenario will reveal
that despite state's economic growth, the issue of a
healthy rural Odisha is a cause of concern for the
policy makers. Keeping in view the prevailing rural
health situation, it seems that more efforts are
required towards making health services and
facilities accessible and available for the people
of rural areas.
There is a felt need for quality management and
quality assurance in rural health care delivery
system so as to make the same more effective,
economical and accountable. Though the Government is
primarily responsible for public health care, it is
our duty to strive hard towards building an
integrated service. Attention is required on
conducting study on need assessment to identify the
factors affecting the quality of service delivery in
health sector. On the other hand, through culture
bound behavior change communication, delivered
through several complementary channels health
messages need to reach every household repeatedly.
Key themes should include family planning, antenatal
care, promotion of institutional deliveries,
breastfeeding, immunization, complementary feeding,
hygiene and care seeking.
OVHA through its various interventions with support from
partner agencies and member organizations have been
putting its efforts to change the health scenario of the
state. It has traveled a very long journey to build
sustainable relations with its member organizations and
supporting agencies. It is the result of this
that today we feel proud to share the 38 Annual Report
2011 - 2012 with you, this publication has given us a
challenge to find new ways to make equitable, affordable
and quality health care accessible to the community,
especially the poor and the vulnerable sections. From the bottom of my heart I am thankful for the
support you have given in our efforts, for the
motivation you have build through your trust and for the
bonding shared by you in this journey. With that I wish
all the success to our future collaborative efforts for
the development of our state in the coming years.
Orissa Voluntary Health
Association (OVHA) has completed 37 years of service by
2011. It is a matter of great pleasure and honour for OVHA and its associated member organisation for their
commitment and contribution in the field of health and
allied field. Member organisations are proud to be a
part of the largest network of health NGOs in Odisha. We
all are working together to improve the health
indicators of the state in the country. The task is
gigantic. But we all as a committed group will carry
forward our mission to see a better just society where
all are accessible to health facilities in and around
OVHA as an association is
committed to make health a reality. To achieve this goal
the association has not left any stone unturned. Stating
from awareness generation, capacity building to service
providers and distribution of IEC materials at all
levels by direct intervention or facilitate the member
organisation to carryout the activities. A special
attention is given on spatial distribution of work. The
association ensures quality intervention. In some cases
the association also carryout the pilot projects to show
it as models.Our initiation is a particle of sand in the ocean of
development. But we try to leave our imprint through our
activities, which can be implemented and replicated
elsewhere. We were working, are working and will work to
achieve our predefined goal.
People of the state would be able
to live a healthy and peaceful life that would base on
'growth with justice'. Peaceful community and family
life would replace violence, misery, poverty, ignorance,
illiteracy, gender inequality, diseases and infirmity.
In fulfilling the needs of the people the scarce natural
resources would be effectively utilised and there would
be continuous efforts to promote sustainable human
development. Thus we can make health a reality for the
people of Odisha.
OVHA would strive
hard to systematically convince the government and other
agencies about the health needs of the communities. It
would help support the government and other agencies in
formatting and implementing necessary health programmes
in state. It would also facilitate the planning,
management and evaluation of health and development
activities by the voluntary agencies particularly
through the capacity building of NGO workers, sharing
information and research findings and extending
consultancy support. At the time of need it would also
respond to the emergencies, like epidemics, calamities
etc. In other words, OVHA would always be putting
sincere efforts to promote the health status of the
Health a Reality for the People of Odisha".
To promote community health,
social justice and human rights related to the provision
and distribution of health care services to the under
privileged and economically weaker section of the
society. Some of the specific objectives are:
To promote highest level of health care
through the optimal use of available
resources, coordination with government
and all other agencies.
To promote greater cooperation among
non-government organisations and
international health agencies by
undertaking joint community health and
To collaborate with other health
agencies working in the state to ensure
conservation of resources and coverage
of public health.
To affiliate with other like minded
To collect, exchange and disseminate
health information as well as to do
To conduct training programmes,
seminars, workshops, conferences etc.
related to health and development work.
To promote rational drug therapy.
To promote alternative system of health
To promote working with committed,
dedicated, and interested people of good
will of all religions and communities.
To promote educational understanding in
communities to improve the quality of
their lives by development of local
human and material resources.
To promote school health programme.
To present voluntary health services in
different states, national and
To promote collective action for
community health and development.
To undertake any other act, which will
promote health status of the state.
OVHA has two types of members,
organisation members and Associate members, who untidily
form the General Body, the highest decision making body
of the organisation. The General Body members are
eligible to cast their vote as secret ballot to elect 11
Governing Body members and the Executive Director as
Ex-Officio member. The Governing Body elect the office
bearers and really look after the activities of OVHA,
which is executed by the Executive Director. Executive
Director is one of the key pin of the organ isation and
establish link between management and staff.
OVHA is consisting of two types of members like
organisational members and associate members. A
structured application form has been developed in due
consultation with its members for membership of OVHA.
After proper scrutiny of the documents and field
appraisal, the Governing Body recommends the name of the
organisations to General Body for induction in to OVHA
as a member. In case of Associate members, individuals
of reputation and expertise in the field of health and
development are inducted as associate member of OVHA.
The Annual membership fee is Rs.200/- for both
categories. However, organisational members those who
have completed three successful years of membership can
also become Life Member by paying Rs.3 ,000/- only.
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