Sama’s interventions involve developing pedagogies, initiating discourses and interactions to enable people to realize their entitlements towards health in a more effective and sustainable way. Sama uses a range of intervention strategies, which are:
- Training, Building Capacities and Leadership
- Policy Advocacy and Monitoring
- Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge Resources
- Building Partnerships, Active Constituencies and Coalitions
These intervention strategies are closely inter-linked. Our capacity building initiatives contribute to advocacy by providing a platform to articulate health needs and priorities, strengthen skills to carry out critical analysis, develop leadership to support and strengthen community based organizations. Research is used to substantiate advocacy efforts by documenting the marginalised health needs and concerns. Through the production and dissemination of knowledge resources such as reports, booklets, and policy briefs as well as through curricula development, we aim at furthering existing literature, discourse and tools on the intersection of health rights and gender justice.
Sama’s interventions has sustained its outreach at different levels, including Community Based Organizations, Non Governmental Organizations, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), women’s groups and collectives, youth, coalitions like Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) and Medico Friend Circle (MFC), autonomous bodies like the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Commission for Women (NCW), health workers and health care providers, medical professionals, National and Regional Associations of health professionals and doctors and other service providers – The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) & The Association of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Delhi (AOGD), policy makers – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), and the media.
Sama has extensively worked in partnership with local NGOs, organisations and forums. This ensures need based, effective and enduring interventions at the local level.
Sama has followed a conscious path to carve a niche for women’s health and wellbeing and has played an active role in initiating small but effective interventions. Sama has been aligning itself with other progressive pro-poor movements in India, as well as internationally on varied levels. Similarly, collaboration with statutory bodies like the National Human Rights Commission has proved to be strategic in increasing accountability of the State towards achieving Right to Health Care. Sama is now recognised as an important support and advocacy group on gender, health and rights.