GlobeMed at the University of Rochester funds two separate programs run by the Social Organization of Voluntary Action in Odisha, India: The GDA program and the ARSH program.
The GDA Program
GlobeMed works with SOVA to fund a program to facilitate the training of patient care and general duty assistants at the Primary Health Center in Srimula village. The program is designed to improve health services for beneficiaries in rural areas and gives the trainees, young girls from Srimula, an opportunity to get employed in healthcare. This program runs in 3-month cycles with 4 batches of 30 trainees, yielding a total of 120 skilled medical assistants a year. As the assistants begin their work in the rural regions of Dhenkanal and Angul, the outcome of stable employment opportunities and increased quality health service for the region creates long-term benefits reaching far beyond the training process period.
The ARSH Program
The ARSH (Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health) Training Program strives to bring about positive change in the health of adolescent girls in the Dhenkanal District through providing education regarding adolescent reproductive sexual health, use of contraceptives, and destigmatizing menstruation, as well as education on child marriage, female infanticide, HIV/AIDS, gender discrimination, and primary physical self defense measures. The program will reach up to 600 girls from villages selected by SOVA to be especially in need of this crucial education.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester aims to fundraise $9,000 for the continuation of the Medical Assistant Training Program and the ARSH Program. The funds raised will pay for the training instructors, class supplies for the assistants, and other incidentals for the training of health care workers and the general community about sexual health.
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