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Sama's Approach and Objectives

The usual disease–doctor-drugs approach to health is not sufficient to meet the health needs of the people, especially that of the marginalized and disadvantaged communities. There is a growing need to develop a broader understanding of health and initiate interventions that enable and empower people to have greater control over their physical, social, and political environments, which influence their health.

In order to realize this, we seek to:

  • Engage with and develop women’s capacities on issues relating to the right to health care through training and capacity building.
  • Provide adolescent girls with a variety of opportunities for creative self-expression to enhance their self-confidence, and build a positive self-image as women.
  • Sensitize men towards women’s issues and motivate them to bring about changes in the unequal relationships and exploitative arrangements in the family and society.
  • Acknowledge the collective experience and existing knowledge of women and traditional healers, traditional birth attendants and integrate these in local health practices.
  • Conduct action research and document issues critical to women’s health with a gender and ethics perspective.
  • Undertake advocacy initiatives, health issues to create public awareness and network with organizations and coalitions to build consensus and inform policies.
  • Provide platforms to discuss emerging issues, devising strategies and planning interventions to help address issues at local, regional, national and international levels, through workshops, seminars and other programs.