Employment Opportunities for Our Youth

Despite the brouhaha about ‘acche din’ or good days as they say, it remains a hard fact that the youth of our country continue to confront challenges for getting suitable job placements after graduating from their studies. Creating a platform for availability of jobs that suits the employer base and that readily absorbs a growing number of young people entering the work force, is now part of HERD Foundations inherent activities. The Employment Fair is a regular feature, adding value to our education component.

We start off each year to understand and estimate availability of productive jobs in our vicinity. Alongside we explore the spectrum of disciplines that will respond to such openings. With final year students ready to walk out of portals of educational institutions in March each year, such an enterprise becomes all the more meaningful. With due preparation we remain focused on the employment scenario in formal/informal, private/public and urban/rural sectors for jobs that become source of income for the needy.

The Foundation pays special attention to low income families comprising majority of the population. We see good impact of efforts in the employment sector to positively influence growth and expansion of opportunities for more applicants who are able to secure suitable and better paying jobs. This then becomes a reason for much satisfaction and one that complements our work on poverty mitigation. We encourage young people to open up to ever widening choices. In a region beset with challenges for employment, the youth are actually provided due hand-holding and support to seek every possibility.

Vidarbha has not escaped the youth employment crisis and in fact in rural areas the situation is really quite grim. Unemployment rate for young male graduates in rural region is particularly high. The whole point of provision of education here appears to be in a morass if employment avenues are not in sight. In fact we are keen to start vocational education in these parts so that we can then offer them increased chances to find jobs as also to facilitate self-employment. This will be beneficial in the long-term too.

As an advocate for youth HERD Foundation is attempting to ensure that candidates commit themselves completely to this endeavor. We make certain that they make full use of the opportunity to participate effectively in their own best interests. We address the match between prospective companies and qualified students that opens up ways to reduce long-term youth unemployment. The attempt is also to train candidates to become fully equipped in following through with the demands of employers. For this we organize measures like extended training programmes to enable better access to jobs.

Employment Opportunities for Youth

Employment Opportunities for Youth

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Employment Scenario and Development

Training for Competitive Job

Training for Competitive Jobs

HERD Foundation is concerned with regard to drift in development trends in the face of continuing employment crisis that obstructs efforts to mitigate poverty. With a view to improve the standard of living and enhance prosperity, especially for youth just stepping out into the real world, the Foundation organizes yearly Employment Fairs to open up avenues for candidates keen on getting placement as per their qualification.

For professional students walking out of colleges it is a huge opportunity to interact directly with companies that offer openings in various areas. Candidates from both urban and rural areas look up to this event with great hope and satisfaction. Bringing well known companies to their doorstep, so to say, the uncertainty and insecurity in the wake of a just-completed education is a very welcome opportunity.

The acquiring of jobs is a sure shot way to increase standards of living. It helps address our attempts to mitigate poverty. Our past experiences tell us that many families escape poverty simply because one family member is able to secure a job and thereby initiate a source of income for the family. Therefore HERD Foundation works on improving the employment scenario as this is central to our development agenda.

Securing jobs and successfully inducting newly passed out students to a line of work of their choice,   does transform their lives. A steady source of income improves living standards and pulls people out of their penury. With appropriate training for being successful in getting placement we prepare them to be efficient and more productive in their jobs. Also, we bring about social cohesion when we gather candidates from various social backgrounds to jointly take on opportunities coming their way.

Provision of jobs can really alter lives for the better and provide wider benefits. For instance, besides taking care of the basic needs of a family, women candidates may actually change the way households spend money by focusing on spending on education and health areas. It is heartening to note that more and more women of working age are participating in our Employment Fair. We also feel gratified by the inclusion of rural candidates for whom competing with city students for jobs is a challenge in itself.

HERD Foundation realizes that just provision of jobs may not be enough. With plentiful rural poor involved with farming or self-employment in areas like vegetable selling, sewing and other such occupations we foresee the need to find ways to augment incomes especially in the rural sector. In this the role of development of new skills in line with locally available opportunities for increasing earnings will play an essential role for a more productive scenario.

Job Aspirants at Employment Fair 2014

Job Aspirants at Employment Fair 2014

Vision Impairment & Correctable Disabilities

Magnitude of The Problem

Magnitude of The Problem

HERD Foundation works periodically through affiliated medical institutes for correction of disabilities. In the past we have done far-reaching work on lip-cleft surgical repair interventions. We are now keen on working on vision impairment for teaching communities to maintain eye health. We look ahead to embrace the challenges in this connection that hopefully will serve in servicing people with vision disabilities.

We reinforce positive attitudes to look on persons with visual impairments to be included for these services. In the hope of creating user friendly approaches for people with visual impairments we have been ruminating to understand that very many visual disabilities are correctable conditions. This would mean we could promote an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

HERD Foundation visualizes doing this in three ways. We are working on partnerships that support medical care for vision disabilities and for prevention of conditions lead to impairments. We will improve access to healthcare, education and rehabilitation services for people in need of vision care. We want to be part of efforts that mainstream visual disability in all aspects and to empower persons with these disabilities.

It is on humanitarian grounds that HERD Foundation wishes to take an active role in the communities through their inclusion for such development projects, and to involve them in all such initiatives that will benefit them. Disabilities can thus be addressed by good Samaritans to benefit people facing barriers in finding solutions to their vision related health problems.

Our hope is to assist disadvantaged people suffering from impairments. It is really essential to help such people as they do not know that they can be treated and rediscover the full potential of their limitations. This means that HERD Foundation will offer support and play a role in breaking down prejudice towards people with disabilities.

Imagine a situation where a person with correctable visual impairment is further disabled by the attitudes of others around him. Such people can be readily treated rather than facing isolation, mistreatment and maybe even ridicule. HERD Foundation seeks to improve access to eye care, eye-care education and rehabilitation services for persons with visual impairments. We want to mainstream this disability in all aspects of empowerment for the afflicted persons.

Facts about Visual Impairment:

  • Worldwide, 285 million people are visually impaired due to various cases; 39 million of them are blind.
  • 121 million are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Almost all of them could have normal vision restored with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
  • 90% of visually impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries.
  • 51% of all blindness is due to age-related cataract, the leading cause of blindness. (Statistics taken from World Health Organization website)
Visual Impairment

Visual Impairment

A Wait and Watch Game

Wait and Watch Game

Wait and Watch Game

Even as the ongoing Sydney hostage situation is being confronted (more power to the authorities) one is concerned by the aggressiveness of tormentors who push their unrestrained designs on completely un-involved fellow beings. These aggressive personalities are of course very disturbed, and as research suggests are abnormal characters who could have suffered abusive relationships to make them what they are. This is what makes them to become such a threat to social order.

They may not necessarily be criminal personalities but definitely these sociopaths fail to distinguish the craziness of engaging in criminal behavior. Chosen very carefully and groomed for such roles there are defining characteristics that mark out these disordered characters. The aggressive personalities are individuals whose overall “style” of interacting involves maladaptive aggression which means they have not adjusted adequately or appropriately to the environment or situation in which they find themselves.

Most aggressive personalities possess characteristics common to narcissistic personalities. In fact one of the aggressive personality subtypes is aptly defined as them being narcissistic to the most pathological extreme. Add to this their penchant for aggression. Other common traits they suffer from are – seeking dominant positions, dislike of higher power or authority, and, ruthlessly self-advancing at others expense. Additionally they exploit and victimize others, have a complete disregard for truths and frighteningly they lack internal brakes.

These traits then justifiably sum up your common terrorist. The word terrorism derived from the French terrorisme referred specifically to state terrorism during the Reign of Terror as practiced by the French government from 1793–1794. The term originally comes from the Latin verb terreō meaning I frighten. Since then the term that initially instigated terror from the government, came to be looked upon as a means to kill innocent people for political or other purposes by creating a media spectacle. The world has seen many such spectacles that have filled hearts with fear, dread and apprehension.

Religious terrorism finds its roots in creed based beliefs in the hope to spread or enforce a viewpoint. The international community sees no legal binding to succumb to terrorism. However these violent acts do create panic and fear. Perpetrated by religious or political groups they resort to acts of unlawful violence.  Terrorism has been practiced by a broad array of political organizations to further their objectives. It has been practiced by right-wing and left-wing political parties, nationalist groups, religious groups and revolutionaries.

However no such act of terrorism can ever be justified. We have seen the Twin-Towers violation, continual Gaza massacres, Parliament Attack in India and many more such incidents. The current Sydney Hostage Crisis, just days before the Holiday Season, is really unfortunate. Trending horrifically on social media sites the world is agog to know how this tragedy will end.  ‘Proud’, Prime Minister Tony Abbott tweets: “It’s been a difficult day, which has tested us, but like Australians in all sorts of situations, we have risen to the challenge.” The rest of us can wait and watch, and pray for the unsuspecting souls who just wanted to enjoy their chocolate laced drink on a fine day.

Crackdown by Police

Crackdown by Police

Universal Health Coverage

Universal Health Coverage

                             Universal Health Coverage

On December 12, 2012, a unanimously passed United Nations resolution marked the day for Universal Health Coverage. It has now been two years since the endorsement for universal health coverage, that has since become the pillar for sustainable development and global security. The goal of Universal Health Coverage is to ensure that all people obtain health services they need without financial hardship.This requires a strong, efficient and well-run health system.

Such a system of financing health services includes access to essential medicines, technologies, along with a cadre of well-trained and motivated health workers. India’s efforts in these directions had already begun since 2005 with the advent of the National Rural Health Mission, launched to offer accessible, affordable and quality health care to rural populations. The intent was to cater to the most vulnerable sections. The focus of the Mission is to reduce Maternal Mortality Ratio, Infant Mortality Ratio and Total Fertility Rate.

The United Nations in India supports the Government of India to move forward towards Universal Health Coverage. For this purpose it provides evidence, technical and policy advice on effective interventions as well as mechanisms to monitor all progress. The WHO Country Office in India works in conjunction with ten leading world organizations for the purpose. These are Department for International Development (DFID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Labour Organization (ILO), UNAIDS, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United States Aid for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank.

All these organizations work together to promote better support and commitment to Universal Health Coverage in India. Both the NRHM and the recently launched National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) are now included under the National Health Mission (NHM). Although some progress is made in bits and spurts, especially after formation of NHM there remain widespread challenges that need to be tackled. Some home truths emerge, that need to be taken cognizance of:

  • Inadequacy of availability of health care services (both public and private sectors).
  • Questionable quality of healthcare services (both in public and private sector).
  • Regulatory standards for public /private hospitals are inadequately defined and remain ineffectively enforced.
  • Affordability of health care remains a serious handicap, more so for majority of impoverished populations.
  • Most people incur heavy expenses for medical services purchased from the private sector.
  • The total expenditure on health care (both public and private together) is 3.7 per cent of the GDP.

The first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day was observed in New Delhi to mark the two-year anniversary. The high-level event convened by the Public Health Foundation of India and World Health Organization, was supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Oxfam India as part of a coalition having over 500 health and development organizations. They are all attempting to accelerate reforms that ensure health services be provided to all citizens. The quality of health services, medicines and diagnostics will hopefully be improved, thereby facilitating efficacy of National Health Assurance Mission. For doing this successfully the entire medical fraternity at all levels needs to pitch in to make a go with combined efforts.

Health For All

                                       Health For All

A Doctor for All Seasons

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The struggle to equate the balance between the haves and have-nots, finds perfect expression in Dr Amol Deshmukh’s undertaking offering healthcare delivery to all sections of society. His sensitivity to ailing populations, surviving in the middle of nowhere, has actualized and changed the context in which healthcare delivery can take place; even in remote rural regions. Being a doctor himself, often finds him in a hands-on role at ongoing medical health camps organized by HERD Foundation.

It is noteworthy that his politico-educationist backdrop allows him to envision a larger picture for the operational provision of essential healthcare services for disadvantaged people. Following the historic tradition of social service emanating from familial conditioning, provides him with resilience to continue offering such benevolent handouts to assist the underprivileged. Yes, they do well with free medical check-ups, subsidized healthcare costs, besides direct access to finest hospitals.

It is a happy combination of intentions and close collaboration and participation with Medical Institutes that adequately address health issues for rural people having little or no access to medical care. It must be a sense of deep conviction that enables him to pay attention, understand and support the lacunae in healthcare delivery, that makes him keep at it through innovative approaches for extending such outreach to people who need it so critically.

Notwithstanding a well-defined, public healthcare delivery system that is stagnating everywhere in our country, here is a doctor advocating and promoting a health care delivery model that is totally ingenious and being run selflessly for the benefit of rural populations, at their very door steps. Organizing mini, meso and mega medical healthcare camps comes easy for this Doctor for all Seasons, whose forte essentially lies in hospital management. Also he does not hesitate to readily pick up the stethoscope and listen a kid’s heartbeat or counsel addicts to a better way of life.  

 

Nagardhan Village Medical Health Camp

HERD Foundation is organizing a Medical Health Camp at Village Nagardhan near Ramtek for the benefit of nearly 1500 to 2000 people living in and around the village. The Camp of June 23, 2014 will be working from 4 pm to 9 pm and will offer the usual team of medical practitioners to provide healthcare services to people suffering from physical ailments in the area. The team comprising of eight departments from NKPS Institute Medical Sciences will allow the rural populace to avail of all kinds of healthcare investigations, prescriptions and follow up through referrals.   

An important feature of our healthcare initiatives is that we organize these health camps especially in remote rural settings for people who do not have access to medical services. This is part of HERD Foundation’s commitment towards a healthy rural citizenry. We had recently organized one such camp at village Kachurvahi that had drawn a huge footfall in the region. This clearly showed us that the need for such health camps is genuinely required.

HERD Foundation is adept at setting the stage for delivery of health care in rural areas. We derive the complete cooperation of the villagers who duly assist us as best as they can in making the arrangements for such camps. On our part we provide a comprehensive health package to impart health education and sensitize communities on various preventive and promotive health care issues. These include quick tips on nutrition and hygiene.

Our medical camps witness the participation of huge numbers of people including women, children and the elderly. Besides seasonal ailments we cater to the conditions of chronic patients and other debilitating diseases. Specialists in the team integrate referrals as part of our healthcare programme. Regular health camps focus on eye care, dental care, worm infestation, skin infections and physiotherapy as well. HERD Foundation camps aim to create awareness, diagnosis and treatment of health conditions.