Workshop on Strengthening Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojan
Date: 23 February, 2012
Venue: New Delhi
Workshop on Strengthening RSBY- Learnings from EHA-UNDP Project
A joint workshop organized by Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) and the United Nations Development Project will examine learnings from a joint project on strengthening the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna through community mobilization and sensitization of hospital staff in meeting the healthcare needs of RSBY cardholders. The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at The Park, New Delhi.
The workshop will be attended by Mr. Anil Swaroop, Director General Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen, Country Director, UNDP, Dr. S. Ramanathan, Director, TRIOS Development and Dr. Mathew Santosh Thomas, Executive Director, EHA. Key functionaries from the field will be presenting the success stories and challenges faced by them in operationalizing community participation in the project districts. The workshop marks the end of the first phase of the UNDP supported project developed in consultation with the Ministry of Labour and employment, Government of India. Implemented across rural hospitals in 15 districts of India, the project reached out to more than 700,000 families with the customized tools for popularizing RSBY.
The project focused on leveraging community level workers like Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), anganwadi workers and community based organisations in mobilizing and educating communities on the RSBY scheme. Audio-visual and IEC tools were developed to educate various stakeholders and thereby improve the recruitment and conversion rates (the proportion of beneficiaries – BPL households –who have received the RSBY card and are enrolled in the scheme).
During the workshop, the training video and IEC materials developed will be released and summary of activities done and achievements made will be presented. Different groups from the field will present their experiences. Technical sessions will be held to answer questions about issues faced in the field and about operationalizing community monitoring of RSBY. This will help consolidate the learnings from this project to be documented and widely disseminated across the country for wider application in involving communities in the roll out of RSBY.