Quality of life

Higher incomes from agro-horti-forestry, agro business and allied livelihoods components of Wadi would not necessarily translate into better quality of life for families in remote, tribal areas, as they generally suffer from poor infrastructure and facilities, especially in the area of health.

Hence, the quality of life component is required in Wadi. As evolved by BAIF, the component is aimed at achieving three objectives:

  • improving health and nutrition status at the community level
  • reducing drudgery experienced by women
  • providing women opportunities for advancement through self-help groups.

Women are mobilised through self help groups Women are mobilised through self help groups Health-related activities undertaken under Wadi largely relate to basic preventive health measures. The activities are complemented by simple, low-cost measures to improve nutritional status, especially of women and children. Primary treatment of common ailments at the village-level is facilitated by training traditional herbal medicine practitioners, who are found in most tribal areas.

Across India, and especially among poor families, the health status of women is generally worse than that of men. Women work more, eat less, and carry the additional burden of bearing children. Measures to reduce drudgery of women thus go a long way in improving the health status of women.

The health and well-being of a family revolves around the autonomy and decision-making powers exercised by women, especially with regard to use of family finances, and planning for the future of children. Only empowered women can play a role in these matters. Mobilisation of women, and building up their capacities through women’s self-help groups is a well recognised tool of empowerment that is used in Wadi.

The quality of life component can be deployed at any stage in a Wadi project. Often, it is a good `entry point’ for a project in a new area.

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