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Background

Wide Angle (Social Development Organization) Manipur was registered in 1984 by a group of dynamic Manipuri youth. The organization started working with a vision for creating productive youth by collectively enhancing health, human rights and gender justice. It worked in collaboration with youth clubs, student’s unions and like minded NGOs. It became a partner of the Manipur AIDS Control Society (1998), Manipur State Council for Child Welfare (2003) and the Indian Network of NGOs in HIV/AIDS (2003). The Project Holder, Mr. Mantu Aahanthem is a known young activist in the state of Manipur. Mantu joined the student movement under the banner of “All Manipur Students Union” popularly known as AMSU - a powerful pressure group in the north eastern region.

Situation

The operational area is spread over proper Imphal and 7 CD blocks of Imphal West, Manipur. The Vaishnavite Hindu Meities community dominates the valley (Imphal and the surrounding region) and makes up more than 60% of Manipur’s population. The hills are dominated by various tribal groups. The hills and the valley are covered under two categories of local self administration, Panchayati Raj in the valleys and the Autonomous District Council under the provision of the Indian constitution in the hills. The mainstay of the State economy is agriculture, which is largely dependent upon rain-fed farming and follows traditional and often unproductive patterns. Low lying fields in the valley are not provided with irrigation facilities and the state is still to use double cropping for increased food production. The hill farmers practice the primitive and traditional method of Jhum cultivation, which is less productive, hence less profitable.

The child rights status of the area is dismal. Health status is poor with high incidence of malnourishment and HIV / AIDS. Accessibility to education is low and the school drop out rate is high. Domestic violence, armed conflicts, unstable law and order situation, displacement, migration, trafficking of children and women, unsafe sex, HIV / AIDS, abject poverty and unemployment are prominent regional issues. In this context, Wide Angle aims to build productive youth with inspired thoughts and who respond to justice. The organization works without discrimination against religion, creed, race, gender or language. Wide Angle works in collaboration with youth clubs, student’s unions, like minded NGO’s and by building alliances with other groups through non-violence under a democratic framework.

Objectives

  • To improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor and marginalized people in the State of Manipur
  • To propagate peaceful co-existence in society
  • Contribution to the peace settlement within the region
  • To develop appropriate model of health care and youth and child friendly services
  • To improve health care for marginalized women and children
  • To develop strategies and policies to minimize the impact of globalization
  • To strengthen advocacy towards enhancement of public health, reduce detrimental effect of development works and improve economic conditions and sense of peaceful co-existence

Review and Impact


Wide Angle is a strategic partner in the north east addressing issues of children and youth affected by HIV / AIDS and drug abuse. They also address issues related to ante-natal transmission of HIV / AIDS using clinical and awareness building strategies. The approach of Wide Angle is to reduce the incidence and harm caused by the disease. The organization is also involved in doing advocacy with the state government on issues of widows, single parent children, orphan children infected and affected by HIV / AIDS.

Wide Angle has worked on the issue of community mobilization and capacity building with the target population in order to build their confidence. It has mobilized the broader community to get the solidarity and support for the marginalized community, specially the HIV/ AIDS affected and infected population.

Highlights in the review period include:
  • Counseling support to 107 cases infected with and affected by HIV / AIDS.
  • Organizing health clinics for HIV/ AIDS people – 176 cases covered through health checks ups.
  • Providing referral services for HIV/ AIDS infected and affected – 145 referral services provided.
  • Attended meetings and jointly organized a program at the state level on world AIDS day and pressurized the government to extend health services to the infected population.
  • Medical-in-charge of the Primary Health Center (PHC) also committed to provide 24 hour services to the community.
  • 60 children were provided support for literacy and education.
  • Pressure building by the local leaders and MEIRA PAIBI to the state government for activation of services to the clients.

Plans

  • Organizing and mobilizing the infected and affected population by HIV/ AIDS.
  • To capacitate the MSG on people centric advocacy on the issue of HIV/AIDS.
  • Direct policy advocacy with the government system with strategic alignment with like mined networks/alliance on the issue of HIV/AIDS.
  • Direct intervention with the HIV/ AIDS infected and affected community.
  • Activity related to reducing harm, stigma and discrimination for building economic confidence among the affected population by HIV/ AIDS.
  • Liasing and direct interface with the government functionaries for mobilizing resources and services for HIV/AIDS infected and affected families.
  • Organize people’s organizations and individual on child centric issues.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Right to Development
    $6,980
  • Right to Survival
    $9,246
  • Right to Protection
    $6,450
  • Right to Participation
    $2,280
  • Administration
    $ 3,995
  • Total Grant Approved
    $28,951