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072 - Advocacy Workshop for Strengthening Food Security and Health

posted May 7, 2017, 11:29 PM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated May 7, 2017, 11:29 PM ]
Mumbai, 6th May 2017:
The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) Matunga in collaboration with Anna Haq Parishad (AHP) and SNEHA organized a workshop for the social activists and volunteers working in the field of food security and health issues in Mumbai.

Fr Rolvin D’Me
llo (Executive Director – DBDS) said, “This is an ongoing initiative of DBDS to strengthen civil society’s participation to strengthen rights and entitlements of people at the bottom of socio-economic pyramid”. Mrs. Affsaran Kaur, Project Director-SNEHA and Mr. Akshay Kamble-Programme Coordinator- SNEHA were the Resource Persons for the workshop. They introduced the participants to the concept of MAS (Mahila Arogya Samiti) and its functioning in the slum communities. A MAS should consist of ten women members and each woman will cover ten families. So effectively a MAS will cover 100 families taking care of issues such as Health, Sanitation, Domestic Violence and Education.

As MAS is a government recognised unit it will automatically co-ordinate and link to other government schemes also. The workshop also focussed on process of forming MAS, role of U-PHC, NRHM etc.

In the next session the Anna Haq Parishad activists explained about the progress made in review of Food Security Act in relation to PDS, informed participants on the new GRs, GR for creation of State Food Commission, GRs for increasing food supply quota, formation of Vigilance Committee at Ration Shop level etc

At the end of the workshop future line of action was discussed and all the activists resolved to unite and fight for these issues.