Capacity Building programmes


PHRN has been invited to build capacities of many organizations, networks and government functionaries to support grass-root level actions. Details are as follows:

Capacity Building of State Family Planning and Selected District and Block level Staff to successfully implement Family Planning Strategy in Jharkhand 

Health Policy Project (HPP) was implemented in the state of Jharkhand, by Futures Group in collaboration with other leading development partners. The project was funded by USAID. In its efforts to strengthen the implementation and monitoring of the Family Planning (FP) strategy, a capacity building initiative was undertaken by the Department of Health and Family Welfare with technical support from HPP. Towards its first step, Futures group approached Public Health Resource Network to conduct a Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) exercise of Family Planning Cell, Department of Health and Family Welfare, and functionaries in three districts (Giridih, West Singhbhum and Simdega) to identify the needs and priority areas related to programme management, data analysis for strengthening FP programme in Jharkhand. Accordingly, a CNA was undertaken during December 2011 and January 2012. Based on the findings of the CNA, later on a capacity building exercise was conducted jointly with CINI to strengthen the functioning of the state FP Cell and district and block functionaries in three districts (Simdega, Giridih and West Singhbhum) to operationalize critical components of FP strategy and implement a robust FP programme in Jharkhand. Under the assignment, 8 trainings were conducted over one and half years including mentoring plan and execution of mentoring plan to improve strategic planning at the state level and also managing supportive supervision at district level.

Technical Support in Capacity Building of Frontline Health Workers in the State of Bihar

PHRN provided technical support in the capacity building of Frontline Health Workers in the state of Bihar. The assignment included development of training materials and capacity building of the existing trainers (Training of Trainers) available in the state/districts in Sitamarhi and Bodhgaya in Bihar, two intervention districts of Save the Children. Thirty five existed trainers in these two districts were trained in this workshop. PHRN also provided on ground supportive supervision to ensure the quality of trainings provided by Save the Children, India team and partner organizations, during the training of frontline health workers.

Capacity building of the members of the civil society organisations on malnutrition

Public Health Resource Network (PHRN) in collaboration with ActionAid, India organized a two day consultative workshop on child nutrition on 12-13 November, 2013 in New Delhi.  Forty members from civil society organizations and experts in the field of nutrition and public health participated in this consultation. The objectives of the technical session of this consultation were to build capacity of the members of the civil society organisations on basics of nutrition, situation of child nutrition and politics of nutrition in India, nutrition in emergency and conflict situation, National Food Security Act and community based management of malnutrition through sharing of experiences of different civil society initiatives in tackling malnutrition.

Capacity Building of Mobile Crèches staff on Malnutrition

Public Health Resource Network (PHRN) provided technical support in a three day training workshop organised by Mobile Crèches (MC) on 13-15 November, 2014, at Mobile Crèches, New Delhi. The objectives of the workshop were to conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) of Mobile Crèche team on the basics of malnutrition, nutrition assessment, growth monitoring, dietetics and dietary assessment, in addition to sharing of Action Against Malnutrition (AAM) crèche protocols and the process of programme monitoring based on MIS and growth monitoring under AAM. Twenty eight members from Mobile Crèches -Programme Managers, Programme Officers, Trainers and Supervisors were trained in this workshop

Capacity Building of MIS team of Mobile Crèches through an exposure to AAM MIS

Public Health Resource Network (PHRN) conducted two-day training workshop  on MIS for MIS team of Mobile Crèches on 11- 12 December, 2014. The objectives of this workshop were to understand purpose of MIS and to share AAM MIS format, process of data entry, and feedback given based on reports generated through MIS. Seven members from MIS team of Mobile Crèche were trained on MIS.

Facilitated Action Against Malnutrition

PHRN is providing technical support to PRADAN to evolve and implement a comprehensive strategy that interlinks health and nutrition with agriculture and other livelihood practices being implemented in the field areas of PRADAN. The aim of the project is to build capacities of PRADAN internal staff and sharpen their understanding in nutrition sensitive engagement. In addition, activities included working with the identified SHG members to take their learning to the respective block and also to identify processes to be implemented in the community and help them to build leadership & expertise of the SHG collectives in nutrition.

The project started in March 2014, and the first phase is expected to be completed in September 2015. FAAM presently reached out to 3 blocks of 3 districts; Dumka, and West Singhbhum in Jharkhand and Kadhamal in Odisha with an outreach of directly working with 90 community leaders through a structured perspective building exercise and handholding by PHRN and PRADAN block team. These community leaders will in turn reach out to 900 – 1000 SHGs and to 13,500 – 15,000 families.

FAAM to be scaled up to 5 more districts of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. The FAAM block level model is a sustainable model that can be scaled up to all SHGs across the country.

ASHA Resource Centre (ARC)

Public Health Resource Society has been playing the role of State Training Agency to roll out ASHA Modules 5, 6 and 7 to train ASHA trainers in 12 districts (Muzaffarpur, Darbhangra, Samastipur, Madhubani, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Banka, Sheikpura, Sahasa, Purnia, Madhapura) in Bihar through a tripartite agreement with State Health Society, Bihar and National Health System Resource Network (NHSRC).  It also supports the ASHA trainers and District Training Agency from allocated districts in developing a district specific training plan and a training calendar for ASHA in addition to support the District Training Agency to roll out ASHA training in the allotted districts.

The assignment was further extended for 9 districts in Bihar (Muzaffarpur, Darbhangra, Samastipur, Madhubani, Begusarai, Khagaria, Bhagalpur, Banka, Sheikpura) through a tripartite agreement with the State Health Society, Bihar and National Health System Resource Centre (NHSRC) for the year 2014-15.