Vindhya came to the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum as a youth delegate from Nada India, eager to learn how to better represent the voices of those who suffer NCDs in silence.Today she is using the knowledge and inspiration gained there to do just that. Here she shares some of her key reflections...
Give child a second chance to live a #NCDfree healthy life.
Harmful alcohol use can directly affect physical and cognitive function, WHO reports. “Child maltreatment, and subsequent alcohol problems, can contribute to cycles of violence passing from one generation to another”. A child’s education can also be affected, with maltreated children having poorer school attendance and progression, often resulting in lower than average income levels as an adult. Furthermore, some studies have found that men and women exposed to maltreatment as children are at increased risk of marrying a partner with alcohol problems or of having marital and family problems.
NIF offers articles, audio-visual material on topics including addiction, adolescent issues, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, auricular acupuncture, peer counselling, trauma counselling, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Nada India researches many areas including the efficacy of auricular acupuncture in diverse treatment settings. Further NIF conducts research in areas such as child rights, NCDs,substance abuse, adolescent health etc.
Nada India always welcomes both national and international volunteers and offers a placement program in which to best suit the needs of its volunteers and its programming. NIF also welcomes donations - in cash or kind. Nada India Foundation is a registered NGO. All donations to Nada India are exempted from tax under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act..
The sole objective of the organization was to promote inclusive non-pharmacological approaches and methods likeAcudetox,peer counseling for protection and recovery. Nada India Foundation Network is a pool of community initiatives (registered as well as informal initiatives). This network strives to develop an empowered leadership and healthy choices amongst marginalized and vulnerable populations especially adolescents, women & senior citizens.
Today, our vision has grown and under Suneel Vatsyayan, founder of the Nada India Foundation (NIF), the organization is working with a number of issues and among a variety of groups, ranging in age, gender, and class to promote health, child and adolescent rights, and drug-free lifestyle. NIF is involved in a number of programs that serve a range of members of society in innovative and effective ways such as through the use of interactive media in the hands of still hidden voices..
Peer education & NCDs
Nada Peer educators are supposed to help people prevent and cope with a number of NCDs & risk factors such as alcohol abuse, tobacco use, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The peer counselors are also taught to place ear pressure beads on community members and younger students. Nada India has been engageing more grassroots CSOs working in the field of child & youth welfare ,patient & care giver groups ,homeless and peer led alcohol rehabilitation groups to build joint advocacy campaigns.