OVHA since its inception in 1974 has been working in the health sector across the state of Odisha with a goal to make health a reality for the people, whether it was effort for RCH programme or for the establishment of IYCF practices in the state, team of OVHA has always shown the best of their efforts, commitment and motivation.The year of 2010 to 2011 saw many new challenges for OVHA, as it took major responsibilities to change the health scenario of the state. Establishment of IYCF practices in all 30 districts of Odisha was one of its kinds of intervention which OVHA took as a challenge.
With support of its highly reputed and expertise in field of development member organization, OVHA has successfully fulfilled the responsibility and is still on path of achieving the objective of child survival and development. With its effort in projects like health for urban poor, E learning, Malaria, interventions for socially excluded, OVHA has strived hard to change the health scenario. OVHA always seeks the opportunity to show its efforts on its own for the betterment of the community. In the previous year, when flood badly affected the community, OVHA without waiting for the support from agencies took the initiative and forwarded its hand of support for the community through various measures. It is this commitment of OVHA that partner agencies like UNICEF, PACS, PFI or Government department have always shown faith on our efforts and have rewarded us by more challenges and responsibilities to achieve our goal and objectives.
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.