Our Trainings and Capacity Building activities facilitate mobilization and provide support towards organizing around health issues and promoting health rights. They contribute to awareness building, development of leadership, particularly on health issues, among people who work with community based organizations, collectives, women’s groups in rural and urban areas, and among college and school students. The trainings and capacity building workshops also facilitate creation of linkages of grassroots organizations, women’s collectives and sangathans with larger movements towards influencing policy and strengthening local efforts towards achieving the Right to Health.
The nature of the trainings is determined by their context and the needs of the groups and range from intensive one-time inputs on specific issues to sustained training programmes over a longer duration and the issues addressed continue to expand and evolve over time.
Our trainings and capacity building initiatives are carried out through:
- National level trainings to enable activists, health care providers, media and others to demystify issues surrounding health by exploring the linkages between health and its crucial determinants and facilitate sharing of information and experiences on related issues across groups, movement, and networks.
- Community level trainings to build capacities, disseminate information, plan and sustain concrete and effective interventions that have a positive effect on their health, in their local areas and to disseminate these skills to others in the community
- Trainings in schools and colleges to sensitize, inform and engage with young people on issues related to women and health.
In the last fifteen years and more, Sama has undertaken extensive community based health trainings in different parts of the country.
Sama’s trainings have reached out to participants from most states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh through hundreds of workshops, trainings, and orientations – at community, state, regional, national and international levels.
The key issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and other socio-economic and political determinants influencing health; diverse aspects of the health system – planning, policies, programs delivery that determine access to health care underline the training content. Body literacy, strengthening awareness about indigenous health and knowledge systems, counselling, and building skills of activists and organizations in conducting maternal death audits, research methodology and analysis, advocacy strategies also form part of Sama’s training content.