JIDHAN (Jharkhand Integrated Development for Health and Nutrition)

JIDHAN Project is an outcome of a relentless initiative by the PHIA Foundation amidst the COVID-19 Lockdown across the nation and countless migrant workers left stranded.
JIDHAN project covers 15 Blocks in 5 Districts (Ranchi, Lohardaga, Gumla, Khunti and Simdega) in South Chotanagpur and is being implemented by the consortium of 3 leading CSO (PHIA, PRADAN and TRIF) and funding support from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI).

PHIA Foundation has partnered with APF (Azim Premji Foundation) along with other Consortium Philanthropic Partners (TRIF, PRADAN and Govt of Jharkhand) on strengthening public health systems during COVID-19 situation, primarily in selected 15 blocks of five districts namely – Ranchi, Khunti, Gumla, Lohardaga, and Simdega. The JIDHAN Project is from July 2020 to December 2021. In Khunti district Karra block, in Gumla district Raidih, Dumri, and Kamdara and in Simdega district Bano and Pakartanr is being covered through the project. Total 73 Gram Panchayats and 499 revenue villages are being covered under the project.

The project solution aims at:
Leveraging the strength of the PHILANTHROPY-partners;
The willingness of the GoJ to partner,
Leverage the deep current engagement with the public system at state and district levels and • build on the strength of the community institutions and its leadership to create neighbourhood COVID-response systems in place.

JIDHAN Program Approach:
1. Working closely in an embedded manner with Health department GoJ strengthen
a. delivery of public health services – integrating COVID-response along with other service delivery.
b. strengthening the quality of services both at the primary and tertiary levels
c. build capacities of govt. staff at facilities and Frontline workers (FLW) of Health & ICDS
2. Strengthening community processes:
a. To build community awareness on the disease on scientific facts and bust myths and stigma on the disease,
b. To build capacities of local leadership – PRI and SHG-system to ensure new social-normative practices to reduce the spread of the disease,
c. To improve health delivery governance on the ground – aimed at better delivery of the health services and supporting local COVID-disease monitoring,
d. Create local Village/GP-level – quarantine and care-centre for mild cases,
3. Filling the most critical hardware gaps in consultation with the state would be necessary in multiple cases but would not be a norm.

Key Objectives

  • Community awareness, strengthening community-level institutional response, community norms and practices for prevention of COVID-19
  • strengthen the primary healthcare system for disease surveillance
  • strengthen the tertiary & referral facilities – both capacities and infrastructure
  • Establishing CSO Collaborative Platform on public health

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Measurable outcomes

– Greater awareness in the community aspects related to COVID 19 prevention, health and other entitlements
– Messaging targeted on behaviour change – Gram Sabha/ CBOs /community cadres oriented on multiple aspects related to COVID 19 prevention, health and other entitlements
– PRI Members aware about the disease and the different protocols/guidelines issued by the GoJ on this – SHG leaders aware about the disease and its spread – SHG and PRI leaders spread awareness and make efforts to create new social-practices for reducing spread of COVID-19.
– Habitation based isolation centres functional
– CSOs working on health issues mapped and engaged in monitoring of health services delivery and health governance through community mechanisms
– Sharing of knowledge products, relevant government orders and guidelines, IEC and collaterals on Public Health established
– Campaigns on awareness building and protective measures on COVID-19 facilitated in other blocks




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