PROJECT AAKAR - PHASE I
Project Aakar is being supported by the Mobius Foundation, as a part of its community Sustainability Solutions program, with experts on board. It will be implemented in the partnership with local NGO, Kartavya Shila Mahila Aevam Bal Vikas Sanstha.
As the world population grows toward 10 billion, consumption of water, food and energy is expanding at a rate that cannot be maintained without depleting the planet’s resources.Mobius believes population stabilization is a crucial step needed to address global issues like poverty, extinction of species and carbon footprint.
Aakar has been designed to support the Government of India’s commitment to population stabilisation. Special attention has been given to Project Aakar, in synergy with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Planning and State policies. It also supports the Parivar Vikas Mission of the Govt. of India.
The biggest challenge of the target group is limited access to information and the taboo/ barriers/myths that rule their societies.
The Mobius project, “Aakar”, is focused on building awareness, influencing attitudes, related to contraceptive measures among the target group. This project is strengthening Govt. initiatives, changing the mindset of couples and the community towards family planning measures and easy access to reliable institutions.
OUR 360-DEGREE APPROACH
The approach combines mass media (TVC), Radio,Celebrity Endorsement (Saakshi Tanwar), Outdoor, Print and Mobile advertising as well as counsellers and influencers-led programs.
We have used all these media to share vital information related to reproductive health and family planning services, through mobile phones which are now the most used devices.
We realised this could be a powerful way of sharing information, in privacy, to couples at their preferred day and time. Dialing (1800 843 9 843) enables the target population to access the vital information on correct reproductive choices and contraceptives.
We have partnered with a local NGO “Kartavya Shila Mahila Aevam Bal Vikas Sanstha” to mobilise community level counsellors, who will visit the high potential group and equip them with the information to access free services provided by Govt.
Raising a family is a responsibility. It of utmost importance for every married couple to be aware of their reproductive health rights and have access to quality family planning services and methods.
This is where Zimmedar Hum comes in that aims to provide eligible couples with information and guidance on family planning methods and services available.
STEPS TAKEN BY MOBIUS FOUNDATION TO STABILIZE POPULATION
- On-ground Interventions under the Family Planning Program
- Ensuring proper Family Planning counselling
- Emphasis on Minilap Tubectomy services, because of its logistical simplicity and requirement of only MBBS doctors and not post-graduate gynaecologists/ surgeons.Emphasis on “Antara” because of its long-term effective, reversible method of contraception.
- Ensuring male participation.
- Celebration of World Population Day (July 11 )
- Demand generation activities in the form of display of posters, billboards and other audio and video materials in the various facilities
- The Mobius Foundation has launched this strategy for helping to push up the age of marriage of girls and delay in first child and spacing in second child and the couple who adopt this strategy are awarded suitably. This helps to change the mind-sets of the community.
- The Mobius Foundation is also running a call center for providing free advice on reproductive health, family planning, maternal health and child health etc. Toll free No. is 1800 843 9 843
- The Mobius Foundation, as a part of its awareness and advocacy efforts in population stabilization, has established networks and partnerships with other ministries, development partners, private sectors, corporate and professional bodies for spreading its activities through electronic media, print media, workshop, walkathon, and other multi-level activities etc. at the district and block level.
PROJECT AAKAR - PHASE II
LUCKNOW, India, June 26, 2019 – Mobius Foundation, a non-profit organization, today announced the launch of Project ‘AAKAR’ Phase 2, in line with the Government of India’s commitment to promote population stabilization. On the occasion, Mr. Pradip Burman (Founder, Mobius Foundation) addressed the gathering and Mr. Sidharth Nath Singh, Medical & Health Minister of U.P, flagged off the promotional mobile van.
Post the successful completion of Phase 1 of the Project Aakar in the month of December 2018, covering 200 villages of the two highly populated districts of Uttar Pradesh, Baharaich and Barabanki. Phase 1 was focused on building awareness and influencing attitude related to Family Planning and various contraceptive measures. With Phase 1, the Mobius Foundation intended to support the efforts by Govt. of India towards FP2020 goals, population stabilization and extended its support to the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign.
Taking it forward, Project ‘AAKAR’ Phase 2 will focus on the health counselling of married couples and school students falling in the marriageable group of 17 – 20 years. In addition, this project intends to spread awareness about the health impact of early marriage and early child with the help of Community Health Centre (CHC) and Primary Health Centre (PHC).
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Pradip Burman, Founder, Mobius Foundation, said, “Our resources have not increased in quantity, neither water nor land, what has increased instead is – population. And as a consequence, the portions to share these limited resources have also increased. If we do not control our population now, these precious resources would end soon.”
Mobius Foundation has been spearheading various educational programs around the country and Project ‘AAKAR’ is the third largest initiative undertaken after the successful implementation of the residential green school project in Coorg, Karnataka and a Day School project in Atrouli Village, Uttar Pradesh.
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On 23rd October 2020, the ‘Dampati No 1’ campaign won a Bronze Award for ‘Best Social Development Campaign Of The Year’ at the RMAI’s Flame Awards Asia 2020.
The Dampati No 1 was started by Mobius Foundation under its Project Aakar to promote equal participation of men & women in Family Planning. Through the social campaign, awareness about various temporary & permanent contraceptive methods, the role of women in family planning and the need for child pacing was emphasized.
DISTRIBUTION OF FANS & HYGIENE KITS:
In these challenging times, Mobius Foundation under its Project Aakar has undertaken the task of distributing fans and hygiene kits in Barabanki & Bahraich districts of Uttar Pradesh.
The activity on the ground started on 4th June 2021, with a supervisor monitoring the process in each district. We also organized simultaneous distribution of contraceptives as part of our relief work.
Since the onset of the program, the volunteers have covered three to four villages per day per district. They distributed kits among associated Asha workers and gram pradhans/sarpanch as part of our goodwill and engagement in the areas.
One hygiene kit contains:
2 Hand Sanitizers
3 Small Soaps
3 Face Masks
1 Hand Wash
All these items are being delivered in cotton carry bags for each individual along with cartons of condoms and Mala-D as contraceptives to Asha workers. We have allocated over 300 table fans and 600 hygiene kits for distribution in both districts.
INITIATIVES DURING COVID-19
Even during the pandemic and post lockdown, Project Aakar remained active in the rural communities of Bahraich and Barabanki districts. An additional registration drive was conducted as part of Asha’s in our focus intervention villages, resulting in 400 Aasha workers as opposed to 200 previously. The project served 5000 unique young couples in rural communities on a monthly basis, addressing their needs. The field staff gathered contraceptive demands from Ashas in their community and delivered monthly contraceptive needs. The team focused on new groups of families, particularly newlyweds, and registered them for counselling by community counsellors via teleconferences and WhatsApp.
In the face of Covid-19, Project Aakar extended its assistance to the Department of Health, Uttar Pradesh. The team wasted no time in springing into action. They presented the Lucknow Covid Care command office with 500 PPE-kits and 3000 masks. 200 ppe kits and 2000 masks were donated to the district hospitals of Barabanki and Bahraich, which are third-level Covid centres. At the community level, the team distributed rations to the most marginalised families in 16 villages.
On the level of awareness and engagement, an interactive digital campaign through SMS/ WhatsApp was curated and implemented among our beneficiaries. The campaign used a combination of Corona awareness programmes and messages to remind people about family planning.
Female counsellors who held village-level meetings kept in touch with the beneficiaries via phone calls. After the lockdown was lifted in June, male project volunteers handed over contraceptives to Asha workers, who distributed them to the beneficiaries.
WALL PAINTING DRIVE FOR AWARENESS
Under Project Aakar, we have commenced another activity to spread awareness about family planning. The wall painting drive started amidst the lockdown with the help of accomplished local painters in both districts. Till date, our team has painted over 500 walls with the consent of Asha workers and native people. Out of 200, we shortlisted 100 villages for this awareness drive.
Five wall paintings pertaining to different information of family planning are being painted in each selected village. All the concerning information related to family planning lies in these wall paintings.
Both the initiatives have received tremendous appreciation from the local communities.