Advocacy and Communication with Communities to Empower for Accessing Social Services (ACCESS)Health & Empowerment”

Project Introduction:
The Project “Advocacy and Communication with Communities to Empower for Accessing Social Services (ACCESS) Health & Empowerment” is one of the key ‘Human Rights and Social Justice’ projects of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)  supported by CORDAID – The Netherlands. The major goal of the project is to create an enabling environment to increase access of vulnerable and marginalized groups, in particular, women and children, to quality public resources and services. The purpose of the project is to capacitate community as well as institutional service providers to improve and increase access to the services. Destitute and hardcore poor women, vulnerable and marginalized rural poor, adolescent girls and children of the impoverished families were the main target beneficiaries of the project from where 45,400 Ganokendra members of 44 Unions will be directly benefited. On the other hand, as indirect beneficiaries, approximately 42,000 community people, government officials, UP representatives, corporate sector representatives and other NGOs are also involved. The four-stroke implementation strategy of DAM will be the core implementation approach of the ACCESS H&E project for creating a micro and macro linkage. In this approach the capacity building of local institutions and communities as well, are given emphasize, through which they are able to plan, implement, monitor their activities within a systematic manner. The project will also contribute to increase confidence and knowledge, develop skills, changes in attitude and empowerment.Project Goal:
The overall objective (Goal) is to facilitate developing an enabling environment where poor, vulnerable and marginalized people would have increased access to health services for which they are entitled thus contributing to reduction in vulnerability and improved living condition.

Objectives:

  • To improve functioning of health system at local level with increased access of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized people to quality health services.
  • To strengthen capacity of the community based organizations to register voice of the vulnerable people claiming their rights to public services toward improved health and livelihood.
  • To institutionalize a social protection system at local and national level addressing poverty, exclusion and disaster risk related vulnerabilities.

Results of the project:

Result 1:  Governance and service delivery capacity of the public and private health service providers strengthened and improved.

Result 2: Target communities’ become vigilant with access to information and enhanced capacity in addressing issues of exclusion, stigmatization and discrimination, specially of girls and disabled

Result 3: A social protection mechanism being evolved to support social assistance to the vulnerable people, risk protection against natural disasters and ensuring social equity in accessing health and livelihood services

Result 4: People’s coping mechanism and adaptability to face the climate change impact on environment strengthened.

Result 5: Lessons learned and good practices of the project documented, researched and disseminated for wider level replication

Outcome:

The project will leave a deep impact from the community level up to the entire society, as it will change/improve the attitude, concept, behavior, practice and involvement of all the stakeholders in the area. Observing the way the project benefits the poor and disadvantaged people, protects and upholds the human rights of the vulnerable women and children in the areas, The involvement of the government agencies, Union Parishad standing committee members, Action Group and Ganokendra/ CRC Management Committee in the project activities is also expected to leave positive impacts leading to good governance.

Who the Project will Serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients)

Direct beneficiaries         = 45,400 Ganokendra members,

Indirect beneficiaries       = 42,000 community people

Adult women =35490; Adult men= 34454;

Children (below 18 yrs age) Girl=15186; Boy = 15310

Project Duration: 3 Years (1 January 2010 to 31 December 2013)

Start date: 1 January 2010

Financial partner (Donor): CORDAID, The Netherlands

Project Locations and number of field offices:

  • Location:       8 Upazila in 4 districts
  • field offices:  8

District

Upazilla/ Sub-district

No. of Union

Jessore

Jessore Sadar

7

Keshabpur

6

Chowgacha

4

Jhenaidha

Jhenaidha Sadar

8

Moheshpur

5

Narshingdi

Narshingdi Sadar

6

Jamalpur

Sharishabari

4

Dewanganj

4

4 District

8 Upazila

44

 

Budget with annual breakup:

 

Financial Year-1

Financial Year-2

Financial Year-3

Approved

Revised & Approved

Revised  & Approved

Grand Total  =

2,20,16,524

2,37,13,824

2,10,10,655

Donor Contribution =

1,82,03,024

2,01,80,824

1,77,74,205

Community Contribution

3,81,3,500

3,53,3,000

3,23,6,450

 

Number of Project staffs and Volunteers:

    • Project staffs: 95 (37 Female & 58 Male)
    • Volunteers: 925 (440 CAG members & 485 Community Workers)

Contact Person   : Md. Selimuddin, Project Coordinator
E-mail                     : s.uddin@ahsaniamission.org.bd, selim525@yahoo.com
Cell                          : 01712-975250