Interventions According to Thematic areas



Objective of Public Health Interventions:

·         To bridge the govt. health services with vulnerable targeted population residing in hard to reach urban and rural areas as per govt. guidelines; through community based sustainable approaches.



Public health intervention is focused on Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) and Maternal & Child Heath (MCH). Development Action Society is running public health interventions in following project locations.

  • Kolkata - Ward-57, 58, 65, 66, 107 & 108
  • 24-PGS-North - Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Areas – Chainabi 
  • 24-PGS-South - Bhangore-1 Block, Tardaha & Beota Panchayat
  • Burdwan - Asansol & Durgapur Subdivision
  • Nadia - Kaliganj Block à Panighata Panchayat


Target Population:

·         Children Under 5 years (Male Child & Female Child),

·         Adolescent (boys & Girls)

·         Eligible Couple (Male Partners & Female Partners)

·         Pregnant Mothers (Female)

·         Lactating Mothers (Female)


Mode of Public Health Interventions:

·         Need Assessment- Through Focus Group Discussion (FGD), Survey and Study

·         Development of Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) Materials - Poster, Banner, Hording, Leaflets, Pamphlets, Flipchart, Short Films and PowerPoint Presentations 

·         Awareness Generation Public Health Issues - Through One to One Interaction with Target Population, group meeting, Street Play,

·         Networking and Advocacy - Need based advocacy with govt. and private service points for enhancing the accessibility of health services towards the vulnerable targeted populations

·         Referral and linkages - Effective linkages is made for

·         Help to development of community based health institutions - 

  • In urban - Mahila Aragya Samity (MAS)
  • In Rural - Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNC)

·         Capacity Building -

  • Project Personnel - Issues based orientation, Induction, On-job field based training programmes are conducted for
  • Community Based Institutions - Community based meeting



Development Action Society started intervention on Water-Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) since 2010 in urban slums through awareness generation on Safe Water Handling, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices for the purpose of creating open defecation free environment, reduction of waterborne diseases, maintenance of personal and community cleanliness. Also community based institutional building was initiated through formation of community based Water and Sanitation Committees (WATSAN committees) for monitoring of community based WASH resources, behavior change communications and raising community based WASH issues to govt. and private service providers were the other aspect of community development on WASH. Convergence of community based WASH initiatives with state and national level WASH programmes like Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, Swaccha Bharat Mission and Swaccha Bidyalaya were also started. GOAL India and Save The Children supported WASH initiatives in urban slums in Kolkata.

Development Action Society started WASH intervention in Rural areas since April 2012 in South 24 PGS, Burdwan and Nadia with community and School WASH initiatives with support of “Weavers Studio Resource Center (WSRC)” and “Urmibala Smriti Kalyan Sangstha”.

Child Protection


"Child Protection" is about protecting children from or against any perceived or real danger or risk to their life, their personhood and childhood. It is about reducing their vulnerability to any kind of harm and protecting them from harmful situations. It is about ensuring that no child falls out of the social security and safety net and those who do, receive necessary care, protection and support so as to bring them back into the safety net. Child protection is integrally linked to every other right of the child. Failure to protect children from such issues as violence in schools, child labor, harmful traditional practices, child marriage, child abuse, the absence of parental care and commercial exploitation among others, means failure in fulfilling both the Constitutional and International commitments towards children.

Development Action Society (DAS) is pledged towards securing a better quality of life for children within its working areas within the district of Kolkata‐ home to several migrant families from the neighboring districts and states.

Child Participation

Children’s Parliament‐ DAS conducts Children’s Parliament with the objective to guide and govern their own life and the responsibility that comes along with it. It provides a child the forum where they would get the opportunity to share and debate their point of view on various issues affecting their lives. This programme in particular aims to make children into a responsible member of the society believing in equal rights. It is an initiation to open up a child’s mind to new possibilities for using their voices to bring change in their own communities.



The Personality development programmes:


Development Action Society works thoroughly for holistic development of the child beneficiaries. This is not only done through academic enhancement but high emphasis remains on various Personality development programme Reading‐ writing skills, Sports, Singing and dancing classes, drawing classes, handwork classes and cultural programme is a regular part of the schooling.


·         Awareness on Child Rights and social justice issues

·         Sensitizing local bodies, ward &borough functionaries, police, school authorities




The core area on which Development Action Society has been working since its inception is Education.  DAS started with Non formal education (NFE) in Uchhepota village under Sonarpur in the year 1995.At that time the area was inaccessible, there was not a single school, hence children had no access to education. The stakeholders supported DAS in this first initiative and from then on there was no looking back.

Slowly and steadily DAS started spreading its wings to other educationally deprived areas such as
24 PGS S - Bantala, Makhaltala, Arupota, Adivasi area in Anandapur, Dhapa dumping ground , Chariswar under Bhangore II block and Tongpara, Mousal and Andul Goria in Bhangore-I, Block including Sunderban and in the urban slums of Mathpukur, Tangra, Topsia and Khidderpore.


Women Empowerment


Women on Wheel:

Women on Wheel is an initiative supported by The Azad Foundation to motivate and engage women as professional drivers with providing them skill and knowledge. This is a skill based livelihood programme where women from lower middle class or backward economic class are provided six month's driving training to become a professional drivers along with their commercial driving license. We are focusing on women empowerment and their equal participation in professional driving.

•During this training period they are also felicitated with a gender training (To understand a basic structure in our society about the discrimination of men and women profession). Though their participation in 'male-dominated' livelihoods are still considered as 'Non Traditional Livelihoods‘

•Route-map training, Basic first aid training, Communicative English

Legal knowledge which will enhance their ability as a driver, also to build up their self confidence as individuals. 


Development Action Society is women led organization which believes in enabling sustainable development of women through education and empowerment. While there has been significant progress towards gender equality and justice, too many women still live under the oppression of male dominance. DAS works extensively across the South East Kolkata under 3 Kolkata Corporation Wards with the efforts to promote peace, justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment.


DAS focuses on

§  Restoration of women status and rights within the family as well as in community;

§  Establishing the environment of equal opportunity and justice;

§  Preventing the incidence of violence against women through building peace;



ü  Two broad strategies are adopted to enhance economic status of the marginalized

ü  Promotion of individualized livelihood for the adolescents and youth

ü  Community based skill building programme for the rest.

Promotion of Individualized livelihood

  • Every year Aspiration Mapping Workshop is conducted where Extremely Vulnerable Children and Youth within the age group 16-25, participates. The strategy is to link selected EVCYs  with suitable livelihood options
  • Since 2012 the  livelihood component focused on  the poorest of the poor (POP) women of  DAS  living in and around the Kolkata Municipal Dumps’; skill building in jute products , tailoring and embroidery were the main areas