Social and human development can be sustainable only when primary stakeholders–communities, service providers and people’s elected representatives – have enough capacity to develop appropriate solutions and determination to seek change in their own midst. From inception, we have built programme interventions on a process of continuous education, awareness creation and training of community members, frontline and programme workers, and government, NGO and our own staff.
Training barefoot frontline workers to provide primary health care at the level of the community has been a major strategy to demystify medicine and help people take control over their health. Our focus has been contributing to fill the gap existing between professional health personnel and poor communities, by spreading knowledge on health and nutrition with the help of trained health workers.
Over the years, our training capacity has expanded beyond health and nutrition and today we offer capacity building services in all areas pertaining to children and women.
Capacity development activities have been carried out as part of project implementation in the field, as well as institutionally. Institutional training of professionals from both government and non-government organisations is carried out through CINI Chetana Resource Centre, which operated in collaboration with other institutions, such as Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Kolkata University, Jadavpur University, government and private Nursing Colleges. The government has entrusted CINI Chetana with the training of ICDS, HIV-AIDS and ASHA workers in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and the North Eastern States.
Since its inception, CINI Chetana has trained 25,000 government workers, representatives from over 500 NGOs, in addition to CINI staff and has offered support to trainee nurses, nutritionists, teachers and Panchayat members. It has developed a variety of training materials that are used both in institutional training and in field-level capacity development processes.