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Maharashtra Tobacco Control Programme

Training & Capacity Building of School Teachers

Training School TeachersIn the Indian rural context, teachers are seen as role models. In order to reach children across the state, Salaam Mumbai Foundation builds capacity among existing teachers,who are referred to as master trainers.  Master trainers are experienced head teachers or cluster co-ordinators who are identified and selected  by the government to train all teachers on the overall school curriculum.

Salaam Mumbai Foundation trains and mentors master trainers to implement tobacco control activities.  Topics include the effects of tobacco, the Indian tobacco control law, anti-tobacco advocacy and cessation and sessions on life skills development,.  Training is based on a participatory approach using adult learning models.  A master trainer manual containing all the information is also provided to the master trainers. Master trainers monitor the effectiveness of their peers by   assessing the level of implementation of the various activities. Indicators of tobacco-free schools include display of a “tobacco-free school” sign in a prominent place outside the main entrance of  the school, lack of tobacco vendors within 100 yards of the school,  absence of tobacco use within the school premises and integration  of tobacco control within the school health curriculum.As of March  2015, the master trainer  programme has reached out to 67,000 teachers across 30 districts in Maharashtra.

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Integration of Tobacco Control with local NGO activities

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Local NGOs play a vital role in reaching out to schools and the broader community as their rapport at the grass root level is strong.  Based on the NGO’s willingness and interest in working on tobacco control, selected NGOs are invited for tailored trainings to assist in the integration of tobacco control into their existing programme of work. Education on how support the implementation of the tobacco control law in local communities  to increase capacity to become tobacco free provided. The NGO networking project is in its 4th year. Since its inception, we have integrated 602 NGOs within the state of Maharashtra.  Our on-going projects include:

Working with Ambuja Cement Foundation in 60 villages of the Chandrapur district.

Working with Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan in Baramati and Badalapur blocks.

Working with Rajarambapudnyan Prabhodini in the Sangli district of the Islampur block

 

 

Our current projects include:

Working with Ambuja Cement Foundation in 60 villages of the Chandrapur district.

Working with Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan in Baramati and Badalapur blocks.

Working with Rajarambapudnyan Prabhodini in the Sangli district of the Islampur block

National Level:

Working with Bhoj Shodh Sansthan in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh

Working with Vani Sanstha in Dungarpur/Udaipur district of Rajasthan

Working with Chetna India in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat

Working with Gramin Shiksha Kendra in Haveri district of Karnataka

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Capacity Building of Police Trainees

Police Trainee

Despite a comprehensive tobacco control law (COTPA), effective enforcement across the state still remains an issue. Smoking in public places still remains a problem and advertising bans are circumvented through product placement and surrogate advertising.  The police have a key role in enforcing the tobacco control law.  After an advocacy session with the state police officials, Salaam Mumbai Foundation received permission to conduct ½ day sensitization sessions as a part of their ongoing police training.  These sessions focus on urging the police not to use tobacco as well as educateinge them on the existing tobacco control laws. 11,379 policemen have been trained so far via this programme.

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Work with Universities, D.Ed / B.Ed Colleges

work with universitiesResearch shows that children and youth are the most vulnerable to tobacco use. Schools, colleges and universities are in an enviable position to spread the tobacco control message to the nation’s youth and create awareness about the healthy bodies-healthy minds concept.   Salaam Mumbai has included a tobaaco control awareness programme in college and university course work.  It reaches out D.Ed/B.Ed aspirants. A 2 to 5 hour training session covers topics like the ill effects of tobacco, the existing tobacco control laws and methods to integrate a tobacco control programme into a syllabus for when they become teachers.Last year (give the year) alone 379 students from 4 universities in Maharashtra received this training. In the last 4 years, we have reached out to 82 colleges and 8738 students.

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Engaging and Empowering Multi-Purpose Health Workers

Workers TrainingThe Multipurpose Health Worker (MPHW) and the Village Health Functionaries (VHF) are designated individuals working at the grass root level for the control of communicable diseases including Malaria, TB, Leprosy, Water Borne diseases, as well as maternal and child health issues, environmental sanitation, detection of disease outbreaks and their control and health education.

The goal of the programme is to work with MPHWs and VHFs towards integration of tobacco control in their existing health activities and work.  Salam Mumbai conducts 1-day training sessions covering topics such as the ill effects of tobacco, the tobacco control laws, cessation tips, impact of passive smoking, dangers of  habit formation and anti-tobacco advocacy. To date, a total of 1340 MPHW have been trained across Maharashtra. 

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National Tobacco Control Programme

NSF Grantees Program in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka

Training School TeachersYear 2017 unleashed with our launch of tobacco control program outside Maharashtra, We conducted District Level Teacher's training at Dhar (Madhya Pradesh) in association with Bhoj Shodh Sansthan. Teachers from all 13 blocks of Dhar district were present for training. Dignitaries present at the event were Respected CEO(Dhar) Mr.Ravindra Chaudhari, Respected DEO(Dhar) Mr. Jitendra Sharma, Mr. Dipendra Sharma (Bhoj Shodh Sansthan) pointed out the importance of teachers in making our future generations Tobacco Free.

Gujarat (Zilla Panchayat - Gandhinagar) welcomes Salaam Mumbai Foundation in association with Chetna India(Gujarat) Tobacco Free schools project with open arms......Our official program launch in Gandhinagar district(Ahmedabad). After successful trainings at Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, our next destination was Rajasthan. We conducted trainings in Udaipur, Kherwada block where 41 teachers across all the blocks of Udaipur were present. Dignitaries present were BEO Mr. Rakesh Upadhyay, Dr.Nagendra Jain and Dr. Anil Goyal along with Mr. Sunil Sharma from Vani Sanstha(Our Grantee this year) were present. Rajasthan is already very sensitive on the tobacco issue and working full steam ahead towards the cause.

Gujarat (Zilla Panchayat - Gandhinagar) welcomes Salaam Mumbai Foundation in association with Chetna India(Gujarat) Tobacco Free schools project with open arms......Our official program launch in Gandhinagar district(Ahmedabad).Exploring New Territories.....Salaam Mumbai Foundation in association with Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, after Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh has launched its tobacco control program in Karnataka as well with Gram Shiksha Kendra, our partner NGO in Haveri district(Karnataka).

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Corporate Partnership Programme

Corporate Partnership Program

Training School TeachersAs part of Corporate Partnership program, our tobacco control projects funded by various corporates including Everest Foundation in Nashik, ACC LTD in Chandrapur and Bajaj CSR in Yavatmal and Wardha district of Maharashtra.

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