Since More Than Four Decades



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 relationship  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 their habitat.

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 state.

"Making 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 development work.

  • 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 organizations.

  • To collect, exchange and disseminate health information as well as to do research.

  • 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 care.

  • 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 international level.

  • 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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