SWACH has its own buildings in a campus of 1.8 acres land in Sector 16 Panchkula, Haryana. One building accommodates office and the staff with requisite facilities to carry out day to day activities. The other one is used as a residential cum training centre.
It has multi-disciplinary full-time staff qualified in public health and related disciplines. It works closely with village-based health volunteers, scores of health workers, ICDS workers and staff from other departments on an ongoing basis. SWACH has a network of resource persons who are experts in various fields relating to maternal and child health care. It is building sustainable knowledge partnerships with institutions of repute throughout the world.
Ongoing field presence
SWACH has maintained its field presence ever since its inception. This has been done in partnership with government of Haryana state. Initially it worked in the rural areas of the district Ambala which has been scaled up to rural areas of two districts – Ambala and Yamunanagar covering a population of 1.6 million people. It has also the experience of working in other states of India on project basis. Now it is proposed to extend the field activities to the state of Punjab.
SWACH has undertaken capacity development as one of its core activities since its inception. It has the experience in designing training packages for different levels of care providers and has organized training courses for the doctors, health workers and health volunteers in the government, private and NGO sectors as well as providers from other departments (Anganwari workers, ICDS supervisors, teachers, etc.). SWACH worked as out-source training agency for the health department, government of Haryana. Some of the key training packages developed or adapted includes: – Adolescent Health, IMCI, Acute respiratory infections (ARI) in children, ASHA and Anganwari workers training packages, and care for early childhood development. Currently it is developing phone based packages to promote positive nurturing experiences amongst families and communities.
Research and documentation
SWACH takes up various evidence based implementation research studies that involve assessment of interventions, their implementation and the processes involved. The research findings are documented and shared with appropriate authorities, donor agencies and people interested in the field. Some of the areas in which SWACH has made substantial contributions include national pneumonia control program, home based client retained card which paved the way for mother child protection card, quality improvement during child birth and early post natal care in primary health centres, management of high risk pregnancy, care for early child development, surveillance of vital events, surveillance of birth defects to help frame policy on fortification of food, continuum of care and positive experience throughout continuum ( to promote policy on health child growth and development). The findings of research and the experience gained have influenced or reinforced many policy decisions as well as articulation of national policy.