Samarpan, in Madhya Pradesh, is a unique intervention conceptualised for the early identification, screening, treatment and rehabilitation of children with developmental delay or physical disability. Led by the Hoshangabad district administration, Samarpan’s Early Intervention Clinic (EIC) realises a convergence model of the Departments of Public Health & Family Welfare (PHFW), Women and Chilld Development (WCD), and the District Disabled Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC). Every month, 1,500 children are examined in a coordinated exercise involving a vast number of health officials and converging existing schemes such as the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the Mukhya Mantri Bal Hriday Upchaar Yojna. The relevance of this initiative was established in February 2013, when the NHRM launched the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, modelled on
Samarpan. A total of 1,05,550 children were screened by Anaganwadi Workers using the ‘Samarpan’ screening test, and 2,311 children were identified with delays-in-developmental milestones as of March, 2014.
This case study is a part of Good Practices Resource Book 2015 and can be found on page 237.