VHAIVoluntary Health Association of India
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According to Bhavna B Mukhopadhyay, Senior Director, VHAI, "The government should set up strong and transparent mechanisms at the highest levels to prevent industry interference in the implementation of tobacco control measures and policy making processes.
(45) The VHAI in collaboration with WAH (Women and Health Programme)
Alok Mukhopadhyay, VHAI chief executive, said the learning curve for aid agencies in examining how they reacted to the 1999 supercyclone was steep.
The new warnings were fieldtested in Orissa, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh by VHAI. In Maharashtra, these were tested by the Healis- Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health.
" They said they will not send their children to buy cigarettes if these pictures were printed on tobacco products," Bhavna Mukhopadhya of the VHAI said.
Workers from VHAI - a collaboration of around 4,500 member groups across India - were among the first on the scene when the supercyclone ripped through Tikhri and continue to help to this day.
According to VHAI, which is part funded by Christian Aid, Aparajita was the first NGO scheme to focus on women - traditionally subservient to men in rural India - as catalysts for and instigators of social and financial reform.
The ethos forms the foundation of health reform in the region as VHAI officials say Orissa has an infant mortality rate (IMR) of 97 per thousand live births - the highest of all India's 32 states and union territories.
Shisira Ranjan Dash, VHAI senior programme officer in Orissa, says: "From 1999 until 2000, 46 children were born in the village and 12 died - that's very high.
Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, executive director of VHAI, said: " The Delhi government needs to intensify enforcement drives in the hospitality sector."
Christian Aid is a charity which funds Non Governmental Organisations in India including the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) and the Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) which work with supercyclone victims to provide short-term disaster relief and long-term rehabilitation and training programmes.
"Therefore, Christian Aid gives money to `partner organisations' such as CASA and VHAI. The partners request funding for specific projects - such as disaster management in Orissa - and Christian Aid gives them the necessary grant to cover the costs.