Reproductive and Child health Programme
In December 1998, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India launched the MNGO scheme as an effort towards forging partnership and collaboration with Non-Government Organizations. The Mother NGO scheme is decentralized to state and district level and provides ample of scope for MNGOs and FNGOs to work in un-served and underserved parts of all districts in the country.
VHAS has been entrusted with the responsibility of acting as a Mother NGO under the Reproductive and Child Health Programme in the state of Sikkim by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India during 2001.
The basic philosophy of the programme is client centered, demand driven, need based and to provide quality care services. After the sensitization workshops on RCH in which 17 NGOs from all four districts of the state participated, 10 FNGOs were identified members of the field NGOs in financial management, office management in addition to actual RCH programme and the role of NGOs and programme Management.
The second phase of RHC program i.e. RHC-II has been commenced from 1st April 2005. The main objective of the program is to bring about a change in mainly three critical reproductive health indicators i.e. reducing total fertility rate, infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate with a view to realizing the outcomes envisioned in the Millennium Development Goals, the National Population Policy 2000 and the Tenth Plan Document, the National Health Policy 2002 and Vision 2020 India.
In RCH-II, VHAS has been authorized to take up two districts for the implementation of the RCH programme. VHAS has taken up the three FNGOs from East and three FNGOs from west districts NGOs.