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  NETWORKING AND ADVOCACY
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A. State Level Networking

1. Networking with Civil Society Organizations of Tripura

Membership Promotion :
The membership of VHAT creates opportunity for sharing, co-operating and exchanging information, experiences and activities in the areas of functioning.

Support Service
The support service to the Voluntary Organizations (VOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) consists of the followings :
Creating awareness about the government policies & priorities of the programmes of community development.
Guidance for project formulation, monitoring and evaluation of the developmental projects in the grass-root.
Information dissemination for availability of fund from various sources.
Advising for overcoming problems of registration, accounting and report preparation.

Capacity Building
The NGOs, both members and non-members, are given training for their capacity building on different issues related to their activities. Moreover, VHAT publishes monthly magazine, newsletters, books, booklets, posters and audio-visuals to develop the communication skills of the NGO members. Capacity building trainings are also given to the members of SHGs and CBOs on different vocational courses.

Small Financial Support
VHAT has introduced small financial support to the member organizations to develop some quality activities related to peoples awareness and participation in the social development.

Anti-Trafficking Activities
Human trafficking and violence against children & women are the two emerging issues in the world.To combat these issues VHAT closely works with the member organizations to sensitize law enforcement agency and allied systems. Hence, law enforcement agencies, administration, non-government organizations, local institutes and PRls are closely involved in this activity.

Child Rights
VHAT is running CHILDLINE which is an emergency toll free phone service for the children in distressed condition and linking them to long term services. It always seeks active cooperation from the allied systems viz, police department, health, education, transport, labour, judiciary, social welfare department, local administration, non-government organisation, resource organizations for the welfare of the children in need of care, protection and implementation of child rights.

Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO)
The networking of the persons with disabalities (PWDs) has been promoted through formation of the DPOs and federation of DPOs in block and district level. The activity has been spreaded throughout the state through the member organizations working in the area of CBR of the PWDs.

2. Networking with Local Government Departments :
VHAT gives priority in networking with government departments and advocacy for proper orientation of the government policy for giving maximum benefit to the under privileged as well as underserved population.

B. Networking in Regional and National Level:
Federated in national level as member with Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), New Delhi as state VHA of Tripura.
Associated nationally with CHILDLINE network through CHILDLINE project under Childline India Foundation, Mumbai.
Associated with Credibility Alliance as a member which is working for promotion of transparency in the activities of CSOs. VHAT is accreditated under Desirable Norms of Credibility Alliance and was granted the Accreditation Certificate.
Associated with National Trust network, under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India for promotion of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Associated with Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Women (ATSEC), India, as a member of the network.
Give India Network connecting VHAT with different individuals nationally and internationally to know about VHAT activities and supporting the programmes to serve the under privileged section of the society.

C. Advocacy :
Policy level advocacy through the network is a priority activity of VHAT. Since its
inception in 1988 as state level network of NGOs and CBOs it has been doing many advocacy campaigns during last twenty three years. Some of those advocacy campaigns were -
Rational Drug Therapy Programme (for promotion of the policy on rational use of drugs)
n Mass application from the whole state to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of the state for his kind intervention to reduce the use of polythene carry bags in the state.
Advocacy for introduction of paid of services to the government hospitals according to income and complete free service to BPL families.
Policy level advocacy on developmental issues on the basis of VHAT experience and feed-back from the people.
Advocacy to make Agartala a Smoke Free City.
Advocacy for introduction of hostel/residential facility in primary education in remote hilly tribal areas.

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