Knowledge Management and Communication for SWASTH programme

OneWorld Foundation India supported the Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) in its Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health (SWASTH) programme of DFID-UK and Government of Bihar in developing and implementing the Knowledge Management and Communication initiative. OneWorld mined, curated and created information and knowledge on the gender, health, nutrition, water and sanitation activities of BTAST for sharing with internal and external stakeholders. The assignment included documentation of good practices, research reports, fact sheets and success stories.

Knowledge Management and Communication for SWASTH programme


Knowledge Management Strategy and Updates for SWASTH programme:

OneWorld researched and documented the following updates from this project:


Policy Briefings for SWASTH programme

OneWorld researched and documented the following policy briefings:

As part of its Sector Wide Approach to Strengthening Health Programme (SWASTH) programme supported by the Department for International Development (DFID, UK) and the Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), GoB through WDC has been working since 2011 to strengthen the state response to VAWG.

The overall objective of the Assessment in 28 districts of Bihar was to undertake a review of RKS, in terms of its operational processes, funding structure and best practices.

This guide is intended to inform organisations and individuals wishing to implement Gram Varta or become involved in monitoring and supporting activities.

This summary presents the findings from a second assessment undertaken in 2015 to determine the Helplines’ functionality, effectiveness and efficiency, and the outcomes they have achieved for women victims of violence, and areas for further improvement.

An assessment of the CLTS models implemented by BTAST, through the SWASTH programme was undertaken to understand the processes followed within each of models. The aim was also to assess the extent to which it was possible to meet the CLTS goal of making the villages Open Defecation Free (ODF).

 Bal Kuposhan Mukt Bihar (BKMB) campaign is one out of several initiatives taken up by the different departments of Government of Bihar to support Manav Vikas Mission. The three key activities of the BKMB campaign included – training of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) functionaries, provision of equipment and supplies to the Anganwadi Centres and an behaviour change communication campaign for community people.

Knowledge bank is a centralized repository for information: a public library, a database of related information about a particular subject, and could all be considered to be examples of knowledge bases.

Report for SWASTH programme

OneWorld researched and documented a report on The Family Friendly Hospitals Initiative (FFHI), which was designed to improve quality of care in public health facilities, enhance patient satisfaction and increase service uptake. To read the report, click here.

Fact sheets for SWASTH programme

The fact sheets profile those eleven districts of Bihar where BTAST has been working since 2010. In addition to key demographic details, it takes into account health, nutrition and WASH indicators of each district. Data has been sourced from Census 2011, the Annual Health Survey and other secondary sources. We will be producing a new set of district factsheets based on CCM data and present these profiles one by one.

OneWorld researched and produced the following fact sheets and infographics:

Bounded by Nepal in the north, Supaul is a flood-affected area due to the presence of the Kosi river.

Located in north Bihar, Sheohar is a highly flood-prone district due to the Bagmati and Gandak Rivers. People grow mainly paddy, maize and wheat.

Located in north-east Bihar, Purnea lies in the fertile Gangetic plains as rivers Kosi and Mahananda irrigate the region.

Located in north Bihar on the border of Nepal, Madhubani has rich clayey soil suitable for paddy and sugarcane cultivation.

Located in the plains of river Kosi in north-east Bihar, Madhepura is frequently hit by droughts in summer as well floods in the monsoon.

Located in north-east Bihar, Kishanganj touches Nepal on the north and is very close to Bangladesh. It is the only tea producing district of Bihar.

Located in south-east Bihar, Jamui is resource rich with abundant reserves of mica, coal, gold and iron ore.

Located in south Bihar, Gaya is a tourist destination which gets its name from the mythological demon Gayasur.

Locate in south-east Bihar, Banka has been made fertile by rivers Chanan, Orhni, Belharni and Barua.

Located in noth-east Bihar, Araria is an important district as it shares its border with Nepal.

Assembling voices from the field for SWASTH programme

OneWorld researched and documented the following voices from the field:

Khaira villagers support PHED to set up two mini water supply plants and a Water Vending Machine (also called as water ATM) to avoid consumption of fluoride contaminated groundwater.

The success of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) depends on community mobilisation and early case finding in vulnerable areas.

Even for a small village like Rampur in Bihar, which houses about 35 families, it takes multi-pronged efforts to achieve ODF status.

Communities take on an active role to scrutinise records and give feedback on the government run Anganwadi Centres that provide health services to women and children.

Working alongside the police, Special Cells for Women inside police stations offer support to a large number of women harassed by violent husbands or other family members

Gram Varta or Village Dialogue spreads awareness among women on health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Two Skills Labs in Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur districts of Bihar conduct RMNCH+A prescribed six-day training programmes for improving the skills of nurses and doctors in maternal and child health

Set up to ensure patient welfare, Rogi Kalyan Samitis are responsible for proper functioning and management of government health care facilities in Bihar.

Pregnant women and lactating mothers along with children and adolescent girls are provided with need-based integrated health and nutrition solutions on village health, sanitation and nutrition days (VHSNDs) on assured basis in Bihar

The radio station at KVK Barh has generated considerable awareness among people on issues like seasonal diseases, safe childbirth and the importance of using toilets

Case studies for SWASTH programme

OneWorld researched and documented the following case studies:

This programme report has been developed to describe the water quality testing systems of the Public Health and Engineering Department, particularly with regard to the initiative taken up by the Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team under the SWASTH programme, aiming to ensure safe and sustained water supply in each and every household. Field level information was gathered from two districts of Bihar – Gaya and Arwal.

This programme report has been developed to describe the Solar-based Mini Piped Water Supply Scheme that was supported by SWASTH. Information from the ground was gathered through a field trip to Dobhi and Bodh Gaya blocks of Gaya district in Bihar. The field work included some personal interviews and group discussions with external stakeholders.

This case study has been developed to showcase the outcomes of technical assistance provided to various health facilities  and help them reach Family Friendly Hospital Initiative (FFHI) and National Quality Assurance Standards certification levels.  Information from the ground was gathered through a field trip to four health facilities including Pandaul and Rahika in Madhubani district, and Dumraon and Shahpur in Bhojpur district.

This programme report has been developed to describe the Community-based Operations and Maintenance of Hand Pumps scheme that was supported by SWASTH. It draws from internal documents and conversations with stakeholders. Information from the ground was gathered through a field trip to Dobhi block of Gaya district in Bihar.

The programme report has been developed to describe the functioning of Uddeepan Strategy in Bihar. It draws from the internal reports developed by BTAST, including A note on Uddeepan Strategy and Report on functionality of the Uddeepan Kendra, which have been extensively referred to in this document.