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Total Sanitation Campaign
SSP has used the opportunity provided by the Clean Village Competition to create 30 model villages covering environmental sanitation, water harvesting, personal hygiene, child health and school enrolment.

Total community sanitation is pioneered by SSP since 2004, resulting in over 50 villages and 5,000 families living in open defecation free villages. The demand created in over 5000 households has been used by SSP to promote enterprise SHGs, federations in supply of sanitary parts procurement and sales.

In Osmanabad district, SSP collaborated with the Zilla Parishad as a Key Resource Agency in the Total Sanitation Campaign. In 2004, SSP conducted an Information and Education Campaign in 220 villages covering over 40,000 households.

Training of Para Professionals
For the scaling up of knowledge management in total sanitation, SSP has created a Community Learning Agency "Shikwa " on a business model with over 150 paraprofessionals and tools for transfer across four districts. As a result, in 2004-05, over 520 villages, 350 officials from 16 districts have benefited from exposure visits and training programmes organised by the paraprofessional teams from Nanded and Osmanabad districts.

Intervention in Tsunami Affected Villages
In the aftermath of South Asia Tsunami (Dec 2004), SSP outreach extended to a total of twenty-five tsunami affected villages in Cuddalore and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu. SSP has facilitated grassroots women to transfer innovations to strengthen community response for preparedness by undertaking risk reduction measures that address vulnerabilities - disaster safe shelter, sustainable and alternate livelihoods, access to health, water and sanitation, to address psychosocial issues, strengthen social networks to respond and intervene with priorities in mainstream rehabilitation programmes.

Jalswarajya Project in Maharashtra
In the state wide World Bank supported project in Maharashtra , SSP is implementing projects in 45 villages in the Jalswarajya (4000 village project) community driven water and sanitation project across four districts - Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur and Beed. SSP is contracted by Gram Panchayats to mobilise women's groups and provide technical support for the creation of village action plans and capacity building of village committees for finance, procurement, operation and maintenance.

Health Intervention in Latur and Osmanabad Districts
In partnership with the Zilla Parishad, SSP has trained over 300 women leaders in Latur district elected to the Village Health Committees on the basics of public and reproductive health.

In over a hundred villages in Latur and Osmanabad districts, SSP implemented a pilot effort to improve access to sustainable health services for SHGs members and their communities through provision of preventive fee based health services and health insurance products. This approach will be scaled up in another 300 villages across Maharashtra and Gujarat .

The partnership with the Zilla Parishad (ZP) in Latur and Osmanabad districts, has resulted in recognition of community health initiatives by women's SHGs through issuing identity cards, quarterly report cards and meetings on PHC performance, covering 30 PHCs and 300 villages.

Livelihoods Training in Maharashtra
Over 1,000 women members participated in the livelihood training programmes conducted this year. A total of 3,000 women have taken up 30-35 livelihood activities such as selling milk and bangles, rearing sheep, running grocery shops and doing agriculture-related work.

Local to local Exchanges
Women's participation in local-to-local exchanges in disaster areas assisted communities to move from disaster to development. Such exchanges were held in Turkey (Dec 2004), Gujarat (Aug 2004) and Tamil Nadu (Jan 2005) to share the grassroots learning and experience.

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