The ethos in the work of the SOCHARA was to be catalysts for community health among different sectors. Thus it included building links with NGOs, institutions, and national organizations and associations in the voluntary sector and various networks in civil society in the country. Through collective action and solidarity work we hoped to strengthen the critical mass of organizations and individuals keenly interested to improve the health status of people in India, with a focus on the social majority, the poor. The focus was to shift from an individual oriented curative and preventive health approach to a broader approach and resulted in the articulation of a Social Paradigm in Health.
An internal cum external evaluation after the seven year experimental phase recommended the continuation of this work through a process of institutionalization. The Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA) was thus registered in 1990. Another reflection evaluation in 1998 committed CHC-SOCHARA to building a broader alliance for health with a social justice perspective across sectors, and to developing teaching programs with innovative methods so that a larger number of young professionals and activists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds could be oriented and supported to work in community health and public health. (see www.sochara.org)
Over the years this has led us to deeper involvement in building health for all as a social movement.
Peoples Health Movement at Country Level