This film produced based on the book "Rakku's Story" which turns the usual approach to health analysis on its head. It begins by looking at continuing ill-health in India through the life of a laboring village woman, exploring the forces which keep her from adequately feeding and caring for her children and herself. It probes the source of ill-health, not by focusing on missing nutrients, drugs or skills, but by looking at the way disease and malnutrition are distributed in society - an approach which necessarily sheds light on the distribution of food and all resources, and thus also, the distribution of power. Inequalities within the existing healthcare system thus become a window on the structures and forces operating throughout society. This video shift the attention and efforts of health workers to the poverty - dependency - ill-health dynamic, and to suggest how issues of ill-health can be used to strengthen the broader struggle by the laboring poor for health and social justice. Type: Slideshow Movie Language: English Duration : 27 Min
Community Health - search for a people oriented paradigm - part 2 starting a discussion about What is community health and what is the role of civil society and movements towards community health etc., The root and cause of the problems like inequity, medical models, health care accessibility, livelihood, development structure, reaching un reached, dimensions of health determinants, peoples participation, role and responsibilities of governments and WHO, WB and civil bodies etc., is analyses-ed in depth by the movement personals.The responds and activities of the Health for All movement towards community health and sustainability was largely discussed by many state and NGO representatives. Produced by Catholic Health Association of India, Hyderabad & Community Health Cell, Bengaluru Language : English Durarion : 27 Min Year : 2000
Community Health - search for a people oriented paradigm - part 1 starting a discussion about Health status of India and causes for these. Then it describes how the Health for All movements developed in the country as global counter effect promoting primary health care within the system. Immediately community health is introduced with clear cut definition and describes very steadily how it builds the health of the people and ensure the right of the people. In total the starting from characteristics, paradigm shift, differentiation from medical approach, participatory, comprehensiveness and to the implementation is discussed by various experts and community health practitioners. Finally it ended up how this approach helps in addressing women and child health actively in particular reducing IMR and MMR in the country. Produced by Catholic Health Association of India, Hyderabad & Community Health Cell, Bengaluru Language : English Durarion : 24 Min Year : 2000
The collaboration between People & Health Movement (PHM), India and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in 2015-16 with the objective of organizing public hearings (people's tribunals) on the Right to Health Care across India records cases of denial were sought from individuals and groups through outreach activities, workshops and public notices in newspapers. This short film documents a few cases submitted to PHM in the southern state of Karnataka. It profiles people struggling to navigate complex health systems, access health care through arrangements between the public and private health sectors and enforce legal commitments on health rights. Their testimonies illustrate gaps in services, catastrophic expenditure, lack of continuum of care and absence of accountability in the health sector. After one event, the public hearings have since been cancelled due to changes within NHRC. The film and supporting material, however, will be used for awareness and advocacy with the government and other stakeholders. Production : Jana Arokya Andolana - Karnataka [JAAK] with support from JSA members Language : Kannada & English (English Subtitle) Durarion : 25 Min Year : Jan 2016
Community Action for Health in Tamilnadu is a community led process in health systems under NRHM from 2007 - 2012 (pilot phase to Extended phase) which deal about the strategies towards reducing inequity, increasing the ownership of the people over the public health system and increasing accountability of the system to the people. This video is a Tamilnadu's experience, one of the pioneering in comunitisation process in India, includes increasing the role of the PRIs in the health system, formation of numerous committees of people to discuss, debate and make sure that the services are reaching all sections of the community and that systems are responsive to their needs.
After more than two decades of constant exploration and experimentation in the field of Community Health SOCHARA noted that the root cause of many illness faced by a majority in the country can be traced back to social, economical, political, cultural and ecological aspects and cautioned against the bio medical, techno managerialism that had dominated healthcare. This situation raised the need for a community based approach to health and for a larger critical mass of people to work on equity oriented community led process, which became the objective of the society. Later in the year 2004 the society felt the need for a space, observe, learn, engage and explore on these key axioms. Thus the Community Health Learning Programme (CHLP) started. This film explains about this learning space and journey of the programme from the learners lens. COMMUNITY HEALTH LEARNING CAMPUS. Production : Bangalore Media Centre, Year 2016 Language English
After more than two decades of constant exploration and experimentation in the field of Community Health SOCHARA noted that the root cause of many illness faced by a majority in the country can be traced back to social, economical, political, cultural and ecological aspects and cautioned against the bio medical, techno managerialism that had dominated healthcare. This situation raised the need for a community based approach to health and for a larger critical mass of people to work on equity oriented community led process, which became the objective of the society. Later in the year 2004 the society felt the need for a space, observe, learn, engage and explore on these key axioms. Thus the Community Health Learning Programme (CHLP) started. We explore and explain this new space of learning in second film of CHLP-II and how SOCHARA evolved it as a CAMPUS WITHOUT WALLS. This videos was released on the eve of SOCHARA silver jubilee celebration held @ St. Johns Hall on 16th April 2016 by Senior Fellow Ms.Valliseshan and Junior fellow Ms.Anusha Purushotham. Production : Bangalore Media Centre, Year 2016 Language English
SOCHARA has been involved in evolving guidelines for mainstreaming AYUSH in the public health system focussing on local health and healing traditions as well as formal alternative health systems to evolve a plural public health. At the last World Ayurveda Conference 2013 a key note address by Dr. Ravi Narayan highlights the community health dimensions and the complex challenges involved in this process.
Pesticide pollution is the major environmental health hazard in India and the Endosulfan spraying in the cashew plantations of South India has been a major case study for civil society action and policy advocacy in recent years. Dr. Rajkumar Natarajan, a young public health oriented dentist with SOCHARA made this film for awareness building during the visit of Dr. Romy Quijano, an expert from Philippines to Kasaragod, India.
On 26th December 2004, a tsunami ravaged through south and south-east Asia. 150 days after this tragedy, a group of PHM related activists from around the world brought together by SOCHARA which was then hosting the Global PHM Secretariat to discuss the multi dimensional challenges related to aid during disaster.
Dr Thelma Narayan, Director of Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action (SOCHARA), reminds participants at a recent PHFI Seminar on HSR that the ultimate goal of UHC should be Health For All and there is need for more research, nurturing upcoming researchers and recognition of the plurality of healthcare.
The BBC Life Series video on “The Health Protesters” was based on the 1st Peoples Health Assembly in Savar, Bangladesh in December 2000 and the 1st National People’s Health Assembly in Kolkata India which preceded it. SOCHARA helped facilitate the evolution of this film. Though the focus is on protests PHM also has promoted a proactive policy engagement with health for all at all levels.