What has enabled women, in particular, and the community, in
general, to beat the odds related to maternal and child health in the
region is the village health atlas, a collaborative effort of the
local people, the Village Health and Sanitation Committee and
government health workers. The Atlas enables them to take appropriate
measures to enhance the health outcomes. (Credit: Sarada Lahangir\WFS)

Heard About The Village Health Atlas? It Is Reducing Maternal Mortality Rate In India’s Poorest Areas

Here is how a well executed plan managed to change the old mindset of villagers in Orissa and introduced a better maternal health care system. From collecting important data to regular health advice and addressing important issues, the Village Health Atlas is leading pregnant women across 34 villages in Kandhamal, a district with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the state, to a healthier future.
Sunita Digal, 15, a Scheduled Caste girl from Rajikakhol
village, with her mother, Gelima. The older woman is really happy and
proud that her daughter is part of the Kishori Kalyan Samiti in the
village, an all-girl group that is helping teens to say no to child
marriage. (Credit: Sarada Lahangir\WFS)

This Girl Said ‘No’ To Getting Married 2 Weeks Before The Ceremony. You Will Be Glad To Know Why.

Sujata refused to get married before she turns 18 and convinced her family two weeks before the scheduled wedding to wait for the right time. She is one of the many girls who have learnt to say "No" to child marriages in Orissa. All thanks to Kishori Kalyan Samiti. This group of adolescent girls are fighting against child marriage in Orissa. Know more about these brave Samaritans.