1. Large Key Project – Distribution of free hearing aids

DNA & APD collaborated with STAR KEY FOUNDATION and distributed two hearing aids for 1392 children with batteries.


STAR KEY FOUNDATION was founded in 1984, Starkey Hearing Foundation conducts hearing missions in the United States and around the globe to bring the gift of hearing to those who would otherwise live in the isolation of a silent world.

Built on Austin’s vision, “So the World May Hear,” the Foundation fits more than 100,000 hearing aids annually to children and adults through global hearing missions and the daily efforts of its domestic Hear Now program. As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Foundation has pledged to fit more than 1 million hearing aids to people in need this decade.

DNA & APD’s role

  • We facilitated the process by engaging different stake holders like field staff, parents, schoolteachers and others.
  • We generated the potential children list across the state.
  • The moulds for hearing aids were taken by trained staff in various district\blocks.
  • Mobilized the required resources for the transportation by the parents\ & local support.
  • Hearing aids were tested and fitted to each child by the trained expert team from 1st March2015 to 4th March 2015, with the required training to the children parents and staff on how to use and maintain them.


Sl No The area-wise beneficiaries  No of Hearing aids donated
1 Davanagere 225
2 Bijapur 212
3 APD Bangalore main camps 115
4 Bogalakote 157
5 Gulbarga 54
6 Chickaballapura 80
7 Bagal kote 157
8 Gadag 90
9 Koppal
10 Raichur 230
11 Dharwar 49
12 Others 23
TOTAL 1392
The cost of hearing aids for each person 30000
Total Cost of the Project 41760000
(Rs four crores seventeen lakhs and sixty thousand)


The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare under the National Rural Health Mission has launched the Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services, a systemic approach of early identification and link to care, support and treatment to meet these challenges. It is estimated that about 270 million����children including the newborn and those attending Angawadi Centers and Government schools will be benefitted through this programme under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram for children from 0-18 years of age. Screening of the new-born, both at public health facilities and at home, is an important component of the strategy. Regular health screening of pre-school children up to 6 years of age using Aganwadis as a platform is another essential component. Moreover, children from 6 to18 years of age studying in Government and Government aided schools would also receive regular health check-ups. All those children who may be diagnosed for any of the 30 illnesses would receive follow-up referral support and treatment including surgical interventions at tertiary level free of cost under this, whereas the newborns will be screened for birth defects in health facilities by service providers and
during the home visits by ASHAs. District Early Intervention Centers are planned to be set up as first referral point for further investigation, treatment and management. DNA has played an instrumental role in the initiation of these centers in Karnataka and has even got budget allotted for 7 districts.
• Establishing of District Early Intervention center (DEIC) 

The State Commissioner and Director of State Health & Family Welfare held a State level meeting on 4thApril 2015, to discuss the purpose of establishing DEIC’s. The meeting was attended by eight Govt.
Medical College Superintends, JD from Directorate of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens & NGOs representatives’ from DNA & State Nodal Agency for National Trust. Represented districts were namely, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Davanagere, Shivamoga, Mangalore, Raichur and Dharwar. During the meeting it was agreed that the State team must visit each district to assess the situation in consultation with the concerned team at the district. Team was formed under the leadership of the DD- RBSK, two consultants, children & RBSK, Architect and a DNA representative. The team visited these districts and inspected various places and identified suitable places for establishing DEIC’s. The team felt the need for an immediate appointment of DEIC manager to take the work forward and co-ordinate with different specialists and stake holders. The local DWO and local NGOs expressed their willingness to join hands with district team.

3. Proceedings of meeting on Sep 26th2014

Consultation meeting of NGOs on RBSK scheme organised by State Health Dept.

Total no. of people present : 40

Program Co-Ordinator : Mr.Basavaraj

Organisations participated and Government Officials Names :                                                                                                                              1.Dr. H C Ramesh,Project Director (R.C.H)                                                                                                                                                       Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Services

2.Dr. Srinivasan,Deputy Director (Child Health)

Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Services 

3.Dr. Rama Devi,State Nodal officer – RBSK

Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Services

4.Mr.Srinath&Mr.Santosh, Project assistants, RBSK

Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Services

3 Mobility India
5 DIYA Foundation
7 Spastics Society of Ktk.
9 Samarthanam
10 APD
11 Mathru EducationalTrust
12 Helen Keller Institution
13 Sochara
14 I.A.R.India
15 National Federation for  Blind
16 DNA
17 Samarthya
18 SSA


Apologies :



Ms.Janaki .V





Chiguru Trust

The meeting began with an introduction from the State Nodal Health officer, Ms.Rama Devi.

She introduced the “RASHTRIYA BAL SWASTHYA KARYAKRAM” scheme, and told the gathering that this scheme was introduced under the National Health Mission.

The main objective with which it was envisaged was to prevent onset of disability and so began the Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services.

  • Under this children right fromthe age of 0 to 18 are covered.
  • 0-6 years when children are in Anganwadis’ & 6-16 years when they are in Govt schools, Govt. Aided schools & private schools.

Followed by a welcoming of all the members by Dr. Ramesh, Project Director for National Health Mission – Karnataka and a self introduction of each of the members and their Organisations.

Dr.Ramesh said the aim of the meeting was –to partner with NGOs to extend support to make the RBSK scheme successful by utilizing the experience & strengths of the NGOs.

M R.Basavaraj, Executive Director (Stratergy) APD and Hon. Secretary of DNA stressed on the importance of networking together amongst the various NGOs and working in collaboration with the Health Dept. towards a common goal which is providing early screening and intervention services.

Dr. Ramadevi said the basic motto of the scheme was to provide quality health to a child who has survived and so more focus is given to the defects identified during the time of birth. The scheme had a trans -disciplinary approach, therefore it was aimed at providing all kinds of services under one roof i.e at the DIEC. (six centers which are located at  Bangalore,Mangalore,Bellary, Hubli, Mysore & Gulbarga).

A power point presentation of all the statistics pertaining to the scheme was displayed.

Dr. Ramesh spoke about the Swarna Arogya Chetana Scheme, 2008 ,which helped in improving the health conditions of children.He also said that the Health department  was responsible for school health check-up activity.

  • Nearly 1,600 cardiac surgeries were conducted for the children for free of cost
  • Yashswini scheme has brought a biggest revolution in conducting surgeries
  • BalaSanjeevini Program, conceived exclusively for the Anganwadi children
  • Under this, every child in the school undergoes two health check-up in an year
  • He requested for co-operation from NGOs to provide the already identified disabled children , education, ensure family support and�� inclusion in the social system
  • And to rehabilitate the severely disabled children
  • Six DIECs are planned for pilot launch at Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore and Bellary, it is the replication of Hoshnagabad model in Madhya Pradesh. DIEC role model.
  • Institutional deliveries have raised from 90% to 96% during the year.

Dr.Srinivas Murthy a patron of Association of Mentally Challenged, pointed out that there was no data base or figures available on the Dept. official website.

Dr.Ramesh  replied to him and said data would be made available soon as the concept note and the data has been sent  to the cabinet for final approval, once approved it will be  available on the website.

Mr.Srinivas also said that before implementing the scheme any further, a sound technical team’s assistance must be taken, so that the team involve d in early screening  has good technical skills& knowledge to get the accurate picture during identification& diagnosis.

This opinion was seconded by Mr.GOUTHAM,Gen.Secy NATIONAL FEDERATION of the BLIND (NFB)who also stressed on the importance of backing the scheme witha good technical approach to gather data and also have a high quality assessment team.

Dr.Ramesh answered to this by saying that the scheme was still in its initial stages and their opinion shall be taken into consideration.

Mr. Srinivasa Gowda – Director RBSK

  • He  spoke about coordination, networking, sharing disability data with the health department, spread of information on prenatal and antenatal tests and training the personnel is what is expected from the NGOs.

Dr. Ramesh

  • Again pointed on providing the DIEC to North and middle of Karnataka and technical personnel will be appointed to take up the activities of DIECs

Mr. Chander said that there shall be no compromise on the technical standards, target and quality  of the program.

  • Basavaraj observed that there is a need to focus on training for recruited govt. staff.
  • NGOs here are willing to support the govt programs. There is a huge need to address the  early detection and early identification of disability among 0 to 6yrs children group.

Dr. Rukmini Krishnaswamy from Spastics Society of Karnataka, congratulated the Health Dept. for having come up with such a scheme. She raised  a few concerns , which are :-

  • Importance of connectivity with govt. and NGOs and NGOs need to strengthen our coordination.
  • Definition of networking is it just meeting at the workshops, work together, team work which has to start in.
  • Problems in analyzing the impact of our program.
  • Road blocks in sharing the knowledge and experience.
  • The biggest challenge is the concept of empowering and strategy in working with teachers, parents and care givers.
  • Is it possible or realistic that as per statistics , 30 different tests are conducted  at a time for each child.  Are these tests conducted by technical persons?
  • Suggested to use mass media to propagate on early screening and detection. Also spread information on preventive measures of disability

Prof.Venkatesha, from Karnataka Parents Association for Menatlly Retarded Citizens, suggested the Project Director on :

  • Involving NGOs in the planning stage to roll out the activities
  • He asked how one special educator could attend to all kinds of disability
  • Form a committee to give inputs and technical support

Mr. Basavaraj – said we would try and workout on the formation of committees for further inputs.

Ms. Jayashree Ramesh Founder Director, ASHA asked ,

If the Health Dept.  had a MIS to store the data to track and identify the PWDs.

Dr. Ramesh said yes it is under way.  The existing mother card will be replaced by online electronic record to track mother and child health.

Ms. Jayashree Ramesh, suggested that the

  • Health dept. was responsible for screening and detection at DIEC and the NGOs must take the responsibility of actual rehabilitation of the identified children with disability

Mr.I.S.Patil from  APSA, raised a question,

  • As to who will do the follow-up and referral of the identified CWDs after the screening
  • Where does the screening take place at –pHCs, Taluk or Dist. Hospitals.
  • Who will do the screening– Asha workers ANMs or doctors

Mr. Basavaraj took the responsibility of send the email Id and contact number of the Project Director and Nodal Officer of RBSK to all the NGOs.

Mr. Prabhakar from Samarthya Koppal:

  • Raised question on accessing Niramaya, as the Niramaya scheme provides support only if the disability card is submitted and there is no provision to obtain disability card/cerificate up to the age of 6years from the hospitals

Dr. Ramesh answered that the authorized center will be starting soon at Koppal Govt. Medical College and if the list of children who require support can be sent to the health dept. and they would take up the necessary steps to address the issue.

The meeting concluded with Mr. Basavaraj by thanking the Project Director, Nodal Officer, and all the NGO heads and representatives.

Next plan of action :

  • To prepare a beneficiary list for providing hearing aid through Health department.

Report  compiled  by – Ms.Usha Reddy



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