State Level Sensitization Workshop on Tobacco Control

The UP. Voluntary Health Association, a prominent state-level network collaborating with ‘The Union’ to support the National Tobacco Control Programme in Uttar Pradesh, conducted a comprehensive oneday State Level Sensitization Workshop on the 22nd of November 2023. The workshop, held at Regenta Central Hazratganj, Lucknow, focused on the critical theme of Emerging Challenges and the Effective Implementation of Policies and Legislation on Tobacco Control, with a specific emphasis on COTPA 2003, PECA (2019), and WHO – FCTC Article 5.3 policy in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The primary objective of this workshop was to engage with and seek partnerships from key stakeholders in Uttar Pradesh such as senior government officials, national experts on Emerging Challenges and Effective Implementation of Policies and Legislation on Tobacco Control – COTPA 2003, PECA (2019) and WHO-FCTC Article 5.3 policy in identifying and monitoring increasing Tobacco Industry Interference at national and subnational level, and at the same time mitigating them as an act of violation of the state policy as in November 2019, State Tobacco Control Cell (STCC) and Health Department released the state level policy in line with FCTC Article 5.3 and rules were adopted.

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Women’s Meeting on Waste Management in Hulas Khera

On 25 July 2023, an empowering session on waste management was organized by the UPVHA organization in Hulas Khera. The event, held in collaboration with approximately 50 enthusiastic women, aimed to educate and raise awareness about solid-liquid waste management in the community. The session was led by Mr. Ajay Gupta, a renowned consultant in waste management.

During the session, Mr. Ajay Gupta engaged the participants by sharing valuable insights and knowledge on effective waste management techniques. His expertise shed light on various aspects of waste handling, including proper segregation, composting, and recycling methods. The women were particularly receptive to the information, actively participating in the discussions and showing a genuine interest in implementing sustainable waste management practices.

One of the highlights of the event was the distribution of plant saplings to the attending women. This initiative not only encouraged green practices but also inspired a sense of responsibility towards the environment. The women showed excitement and determination to nurture the plants, symbolizing their commitment to the cause of a cleaner and greener community.

The success of the session can be attributed to the active involvement of the women, who demonstrated a strong desire to learn and take action. Their eagerness to embrace positive changes in waste management bodes well for the future of the community and the environment.

In conclusion, the women’s meeting on waste management in Hulas Khera, spearheaded by UPVHA and Mr. Ajay Gupta, was a resounding success. The session not only disseminated crucial knowledge on waste management but also fostered a spirit of collective responsibility among the participants. With such initiatives, the community is on its way to becoming a role model in sustainable waste management practices, led by the dedication and commitment of its women.

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Workshop on Wetland Conservation in Hulas Khera Village

On 25th July,2023, a session on wetland conservation and empowering communities to harvest biomass was organized in Hulas Khera Village. The event was attended by approximately 50 women from the village. The workshop aimed to raise awareness about wetland conservation and the sustainable use of biomass resources while promoting the active participation of women in these initiatives. The event was graced by Mr. Vivek Awasthi, the Executive Director of the Uttar Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (UPVHA), who addressed the gathering.

Workshop Highlights

Wetland Conservation

The workshop commenced with the talk on the significance of wetland conservation. Mr. Vivek Awasthi emphasized the crucial role of wetlands in maintaining ecological balance and biodiversity. He highlighted the importance of preserving these fragile ecosystems to combat climate change, protect local flora and fauna, and sustain livelihoods for communities relying on wetland resources.

Community Empowerment

The session focused on empowering communities, especially women, to actively participate in sustainable biomass harvesting practices. The participants were educated on the proper methods of collecting biomass resources from wetlands without causing harm to the environment. It was emphasized that involving women in these initiatives can enhance their role as key stakeholders in environmental conservation.

Role of Women

A key highlight of the workshop was recognizing the vital role of women in environmental stewardship and the conservation of natural resources. Mr. Awasthi emphasized that women have a deep connection with their local environment and their knowledge and participation are essential for successful conservation efforts.

Interactive Activities

The workshop incorporated interactive activities, including group discussions and hands-on training sessions, where participants learned about sustainable biomass harvesting techniques and shared their experiences and insights on wetland conservation.


The workshop on wetland conservation and community empowerment in Hulas Khera Village was a resounding success, with the active participation of around 50 women from the community. The event provided valuable insights into the significance of wetlands, the sustainable use of biomass resources, and the crucial role of women in environmental conservation efforts. The Uttar Pradesh Voluntary Health Association remains committed to supporting such initiatives that foster environmental stewardship and empower local communities to safeguard their natural heritage.

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Plantation Drive at Emmar Gomti Greens

The Uttar Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (UPVHA) orchestrated a remarkable plantation drive at Emmar Gomti Greens in collaboration with Van Vibhag, Aldaa Foundation, and One Step Towards Humanity & Nature. The event aimed to promote environmental consciousness, advocate for sustainable practices, and foster a greener and healthier ecosystem.

The chief guest for the plantation drive was Dr. Ravi Kumar Singh, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Awadh. His esteemed presence added significance to the occasion. Dr. Singh actively participated in planting saplings and shared valuable insights on the importance of protecting our planet and the significance of planting trees. He emphasized that the responsibility of nurturing these saplings extends beyond the act of planting and should encompass their care and well-being throughout their lifecycle.

Mr. Vivek Awasthi, the Executive Director of UPVHA, and the President of Aldaa Foundation also addressed the gathering and stressed the significance of tree plantation in preserving the environment. Both speakers highlighted the collective responsibility of humankind in safeguarding the Earth. They underscored the idea that every effort, no matter how small, contributes to the larger cause of conserving nature.

The event witnessed active participation from children, volunteers, and local residents, who came together to plant 200 saplings in the area. The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by the participants showcased their commitment to creating a sustainable and green future.

The plantation drive at Emmar Gomti Greens stands as a testament to the joint efforts of various organizations and individuals towards environmental conservation. It not only succeeded in raising awareness about the importance of tree plantation but also inspired attendees to take collective action in safeguarding our planet for generations to come.

Overall, the event served as a catalyst for fostering a sense of responsibility and care towards nature. The impact of this drive is expected to extend beyond its immediate effects, contributing to a healthier and ecologically balanced Uttar Pradesh.

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One-day IEC Activities on Sanitation and Hygiene

The awareness program on Sanitation was held at Hulas Khera School with the participation of the principal, teachers, students, and their parents. The program aimed to educate and raise awareness about the importance of sanitation and its impact on health, education, socio-economic status, and the environment. Mr. Ajay Gupta, a knowledgeable expert, led the session, providing valuable insights into the seven components of sanitation.

Mr. Gupta emphasized the significance of Safe disposal of Human Excreta, Personal Hygiene, Safe Storage of Drinking Water, Solid Waste Management, Liquid Waste Management, Home and Food Hygiene, and a Clean and Healthy Environment for maintaining a hygienic and sustainable living environment. The focus of the session was on solid and liquid waste management. Mr. Gupta explained the distinction between bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable waste. Bio-degradable waste comprises fruits, vegetable peels, waste food, and agricultural waste, while non-bio-degradable waste includes plastic, iron, copper, and newspapers.

The first step towards efficient waste management is segregation, allowing for easy management of waste and promoting a clean and green environment. Students were encouraged to make organic compost from bio-degradable waste, for which they could use drums and buckets on their rooftops. Additionally, Vermi-compost pits were suggested for large-scale bio-degradable waste management at ground level.

Mr. Gupta also highlighted the economic benefits of selling non-bio-degradable waste like plastic, iron, copper, and newspapers, empowering students to actively participate in waste management and earn money. He further encouraged the students to create kitchen gardens, emphasizing their numerous benefits and positive impact on the environment.

The session was interactive, with students actively participating, answering questions, and raising doubts. Their engagement showcased their enthusiasm and interest in promoting sanitation practices. Overall, the Sanitation Awareness Program was a resounding success, imparting crucial knowledge and fostering a sense of responsibility among the students towards maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

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Tobacco Free Youth Campaign Launched

Tobacco free youth campaign was launched in Lucknow on World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2023. A state level workshop for advancing tobacco control in Uttar Pradesh was jointly organised by Uttar Pradesh Health Department and Uttar Pradesh Volountary Health Association on the occasion.

Principal Secretary Medical Heatlh and Family Welfare Parth Sarthi Sen Sharma addressed the workshop. Director General Medical Health Renu Srivastavas, state level officials from key departments, representatives from media, civil society organisations and other institutions participated.

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Water – Not a Luxury but a Necessity

Water is a vital resource for life on Earth. It is essential for our survival, and yet, it is a finite resource that is becoming increasingly scarce due to climate change and human activities. Water conservation is an important practice that helps us to use this precious resource wisely and sustainably. By conserving water, we can reduce our water footprint and ensure that there is enough water for future generations.

Here are some tips for conserving water:

1. Fix Leaks: Leaking pipes, faucets, and toilets can waste a significant amount of water. Fixing these leaks can help you save water and money on your water bills.

2. Use Low-Flow Fixtures: Low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets use less water than traditional fixtures. These fixtures can reduce your water consumption without sacrificing performance.

3. Use a Watering Can: Instead of using a hose to water your plants, use a watering can. This can help you avoid over-watering and save water.

4. Install Rain Barrels: Collecting rainwater in barrels can provide a free source of water for your plants and reduce your water consumption.

5. Use Native Plants: Native plants are adapted to local conditions and require less water than exotic plants. Planting native plants in your garden can help you conserve water and support local wildlife.

6. Turn Off the Tap: Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. This simple action can save a significant amount of water.

7. Use Efficient Appliances: Use energy-efficient washing machines and dishwashers that use less water. These appliances not only conserve water but also save energy and reduce your utility bills.

Water conservation is a crucial practice that helps us to protect our environment and conserve this precious resource for future generations. By adopting simple water-saving habits in our daily lives, we can make a significant difference in the amount of water we consume. Additionally, supporting conservation efforts through advocacy and financial support can help ensure that water remains a sustainable resource for all. Let us all do our part to conserve water and protect our planet.

Time to Prioritize Women’s Reproductive Health

Reproductive health is a critical aspect of overall health and well-being for women. It includes a range of issues related to sexual and reproductive health, such as family planning, maternal health, sexually transmitted infections, and gender-based violence. Ensuring that women have access to reproductive healthcare services is not only a human right but also a key factor in promoting gender equality and achieving sustainable development.

Here are some reasons why women’s reproductive health is important:

Maternal Health: Reproductive healthcare is crucial for ensuring maternal health. Women who have access to quality reproductive healthcare services are more likely to have healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries, reducing the risk of maternal mortality.

Family Planning: Family planning is an essential component of reproductive healthcare. Access to family planning methods enables women to make informed decisions about their reproductive health and plan for their future, improving their quality of life and economic opportunities.

STI Prevention: Reproductive healthcare services also include the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS. Women who have access to STI testing and treatment are less likely to experience the long-term health consequences of untreated infections.

Gender-Based Violence: Reproductive healthcare services can also play a critical role in addressing gender-based violence. Women who have experienced violence or abuse may need access to specialized care, such as emergency contraception or post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.

Sustainable Development: Ensuring women’s access to reproductive healthcare services is critical for achieving sustainable development. When women are healthy and empowered, they are more likely to participate in education and the workforce, contributing to economic growth and development.

Despite the importance of women’s reproductive health, many women around the world still face barriers to accessing reproductive healthcare services. These barriers include poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to education and healthcare services.

Here are some ways in which we can support women’s reproductive health:

Advocate for Reproductive Rights: Advocate for policies and programs that support women’s reproductive rights and access to healthcare services.

Donate: Support organizations that provide reproductive healthcare services to women in need through donations of money, supplies, or time.

Educate: Educate yourself and others about the importance of reproductive health and the barriers that women face in accessing healthcare services.

Support Women’s Empowerment: Support initiatives that empower women and girls, including education and economic opportunities.

Promote Gender Equality: Promote gender equality and address the root causes of discrimination and inequality.

Let us all do our part to support women’s reproductive health and advocate for policies and programs that promote gender equality and human rights for all.

Secure Your Future by Planting More Trees

Trees are an essential part of our ecosystem, and they play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment. Trees provide us with oxygen, clean air, food, and shelter for wildlife. Unfortunately, with deforestation and human activities, the world is losing its trees at an alarming rate. It is estimated that every year, the world loses about 15 billion trees, which is equivalent to 48 football fields of trees being cut down every minute. This is a concerning trend as the destruction of forests has significant consequences for our planet’s health and well-being.

The need to plant more trees has never been more urgent. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their leaves, branches, and trunks, reducing the number of greenhouse gases in the air. This process helps to slow down global warming and mitigate climate change. Planting trees also helps to prevent soil erosion, improves air and water quality, and provides a habitat for countless species of wildlife.

There are many ways to get involved in tree planting and reforestation efforts. One of the easiest ways is to support organizations that are committed to planting trees. These organizations work with communities and local governments to plant trees in deforested areas, along rivers and streams, and in urban areas. By donating to these organizations or joining as volunteers, you can help support their tree-planting efforts and significantly impact the environment.

Another way to get involved in tree planting is to participate in local community tree-planting events. These events are usually organized by local environmental groups and are open to anyone wanting to help. By joining these events, you can learn about tree-planting techniques and the importance of reforestation while making a tangible contribution to the environment.

Planting a tree is a simple yet impactful action that you can take to help the environment. Trees are vital to the health and sustainability of our planet. With the world losing trees at an alarming rate, it is essential that we take action to plant more trees and protect our forests. By supporting tree planting organizations, participating in local tree planting events, or planting trees on your property, you can make a significant impact on the environment and help save the earth. Let us all work together to create a greener, healthier planet for future generations.

Every Child’s Right: Education

Education is a fundamental right of every child. It is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the quality of life for individuals and their families. Child education plays a crucial role in the development of a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being. It is the foundation for success in all areas of life and helps children to reach their full potential.

Here are some reasons why child education is important:

Access to Opportunities: Education provides children with the skills and knowledge they need to access opportunities in life. It opens doors to better jobs, higher salaries, and more fulfilling careers.

Improved Health: Education is a critical factor in improving child health outcomes. Educated children are more likely to have access to healthcare, adopt healthy behaviors, and make informed decisions about their health.

Empowerment: Education empowers children to think critically, make informed decisions, and become active members of society. It helps them to develop a sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and to become confident and capable individuals.

Poverty Reduction: Education is a powerful tool for reducing poverty. It equips children with the skills they need to earn a living and support themselves and their families.

Social and Economic Development: Education is essential for the social and economic development of a country. Educated individuals are more likely to contribute to their communities and participate in civic life.

Providing access to quality education for all children is essential to realizing the full potential of individuals and societies. However, many children around the world still face barriers to accessing education, including poverty, discrimination, and conflict.

Here are some ways in which we can support child education:

Advocate for Education: Raise awareness about the importance of education and advocate for policies and programs that support child education.

Donate: Support organizations that provide education to children in need through donations of money, supplies, or time.

Volunteer: Volunteer your time to support education programs in your community or abroad.

Mentor: Provide mentorship to children and young adults who may need guidance and support in their educational pursuits.

Partner with Schools: Partner with schools in your community to provide resources and support to teachers and students.

In conclusion, child education is a critical factor in the development of individuals and societies. By supporting child education, we can help to break the cycle of poverty, promote social and economic development, and create a more just and equitable world. Let us all do our part to ensure that every child has access to quality education and the opportunity to reach their full potential.