Rural Development Institute offered extensive training and orientation programs on various themes both on-field and off-field during September and October.

The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) under National Health Mission was launched in 2014 with a comprehensive approach to address all aspects of adolescent health in the country. RDI-HIHT has been empaneled as one of the six National Training Partners to roll out peer education program under RKSK in six northern states of India. This year, 39 Master Trainers from eight districts of Haryana – Bhiwani, Jind, Panchkula, Palwal, Karnala, Panipat, Yamunanagar and Ambala participated in the training of trainers from 3 – 7 October 2016 at RDI. All the participants are serving in the state health department as allopathic, Ayurvedic and homeopathic doctors at government district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs.

RDI and Intrahealth organized a training on mSakhi app, an app designed to facilitate ASHAs working and reporting mechanism. The objective of training was to enhance the practical knowledge on use of smart phone and mSakhi tools for verification of family details. During the training practical session started with distribution of smart phone, where participants tried hands on about device layout, battery, sim card, memory card, turning the device on and off, touch screen, home screen, lock screen, opening apps and basic application like phone calls, contact, messages, camera and internet.

Orientation on Disability and Inclusive Development at Bongla, Haridwar in September was organized for school teachers, parents and caregivers and field mobilizers. The objective of the training was to orient the entire group on the concepts of inclusive education and the role of each stakeholder in ensuring that.

Two days training on gender and disability was organized for RDI team including program managers, coordinators, field supervisors, heads of partner institutions and field workers. The objective of the training was to orient the entire group on the concepts of gender and building sensitivity towards issues for people with disability. Due to regular interaction with the community, the group was aware of field scenarios and prevalence of disability but was not oriented towards how specifically they could address gender related issues of people with disability for overall development.

Two days training program was organized in 14 villages of Chakrata on Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction in which eight steps towards better preparedness for any disaster were discussed. The participating communities have developed their own long term, comprehensive, service-delivery solutions which are resilient even in hazardous times.

Haridwar is culturally rich but health indicators are reported to be poor. According to Annual Health Survey 2012-13, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of Haridwar is 64 (Uttarakhand 40), Neonatal Mortality Rate of Haridwar is 45 (Uttarakhand 28) and Maternal Mortality rate (MMR) is 165 for Uttarakhand. Considering these conditions a 3-day refresher training of 13 Dais (traditional birth attendant) was conducted in September. Existing knowledge, attitude and practice on safe motherhood and conducting home deliveries were discussed. Difference between good and bad practices was highlighted.