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OMRAH was registered as a society in 1987-88. OMRAH possesses ample experience of working in the rural areas as well as in some selected urban slums in Cuttack. The organization was providing health services in urban slum areas of Cuttack from 1992 to 1996. They took up a research project on reproductive health practices in a tribal block of Phulbani District sponsored by ICMR. In 1992, OMRAH was awarded a project under PVOH-II sponsored by USAID covering 106 villages in 14 Gram-Panchayats in undivided Cuttack District. In 1987 it started organizing health camps in the villages and organizing Sunday clinics. It expanded its outreach to more than 100 villages through PVOH- II project in 1992. In 1997-98 OMRAH started comprehensive health care services to 15 villages which provides outreach maternal and child health care services through its mobile medicare unit. OMRAH has come a long way in its approach and strategy.

Post 2006, OMRAH is strengthening its adolescent program through peer education. It is also sustaining the rights based programs for the holistic development of children along with disaster preparedness programs. At present OMRAH is working in Nischintkoli block of Asureserwar Panchayat of Cuttack district. Operating area of OMRAH in the CRY project comprises of 18 villages.


The majority of the population comprises of scheduled caste and other backward communities, agriculture being the main occupation. Flood is a perennial problem in the villages. Landless and marginal families face oppression and are forced to migrate due to lack of sustainable livelihood options. 4% of children are in the age group of 0-2 years, among which 54% are males and 46% are females.

Children in the age group of 3-5 years are 6% of the total population. Child rights violations identified in the operational area are child malnourishment, low birth weight, high incidence of infant mortality and high drop-out rate among children, particularly among the age group of 15-18 year. Child labor is also seen as a prominent issue. Over the years the percentage of working children is increasing in the area, a big population of the adult laborers migrate to Cuttack city for construction work. The government health services system, ICDS scheme and Public Distribution System (PDS) are inaccessible to the backward communities. Consequently, women and children from these communities remain deprived of basic health care, immunization services and supplementary nutrition thereby resulting in high rates of malnourishment. 35%-40% of school going children are irregular in schools which is a critical issue that need to be addressed. The number of the actual drop outs is much higher than the school records.


  • To promote reproductive and child health services among the disadvantaged population.
  • To create educational opportunities through balwadis for pre-school children and through non formal education (NFE) centers for school dropouts, particularly girls.
  • To provide health care services on preventive and curative aspects with a focus on health education, to adolescent girls and mothers.
  • To enhance the scope of direct interface by the community to the public services and monitoring of the government services.
  • To continue the child cultural program in the community for sensitization of the community on childrens issues.

Review and Impact

OMRAH works in 18 villages with the objective to make the villages ensure child rights. Nabadiganta Gram Unnayan Samity (NGUS) were formed and become functional to ensure child rights issues in these villages. The focus of intervention has also changed from direct service delivery to a rights based approach. Some achievements in the review period are:

  • 90% institutional deliveries were ensured in government health institutions.
  • Identification of malnutrition status among under-five children in 5 select operational villages.
  • Community monitoring of ICDS functioning initiated in 5 villages on a quarterly basis.
  • In 18 villages women's groups monitored ICDS services in their villages through report cards regarding 6 basic services of the ICDS.

  • 100% immunization ensured in all the 18 project villages and increased awareness on immunization and birth registrations among the communities for children in the age group of 0-1 year.
  • Baseline data updated in 18 project villages covering health and education aspects of children.
  • Children's action groups were involved in expressing their views on the problems they face through children's observation and appeal cards.
  • Village committees are actively working for the development of the villages, especially involvement of the landless in NREGS.


  • Tracking of the malnutrition status of 100% children in the age group of 0-5 in 10 project villages apart from the 5 villages done in the last year.
  • To activate the pre schooling and supplementary food distribution services of the ICDS through community involvement.
  • Raising demand for adequate infrastructure and adequate number of teachers in primary schools as per the RTE act.
  • To sustain enrolment and re-enrolment campaigns with a focus on girl child enrolment.
  • To ensure proper delivery of the social security schemes in the project area.
  • To strengthen the process of children's observation and appeal cards on primary education issues.


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