Suresh and T. Vasantha Kumaran, eds., Proceedings of the Third International Conference on
Environment and Health, Chennai, India, 15-17 December, 2003. Chennai: Department of
Geography, University of Madras and Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Pages
105 – 112.
ROLE OF NGO’S IN PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
Lecturer in Commerce, Bharathi Women’s College (Autonomous),
Chennai – 600 108
The past five decades have witnessed the difficult problems encountered in providing
health care services to our poor people, the majority of who live in more than half-a-million
villages and in the proliferating slums of our cities. Charitable and voluntary organizations since
time immemorial have been contributing significantly towards the health care of the community.
With the passage of time, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have equipped themselves
adequately and come up enthusiastically in providing services like relief to the blind, the
disabled and disadvantaged and helping the government in mother and child health care,
including family planning programmes. As a result, all concerned have realized the potential of
NGOs and their considerable merit compared to the public/private health sectors because of their
staff’s motivation, dedication and sympathy for the deprived sections of our society and their
personalized approach towards the solution of problems.
The National Population Policy (NPP) 2000 and National Health Policy (NHP) 2002,
states that there should be greater involvement of NGOs in the implementation of different health
and family welfare programmes in the country. In recognition of the crucial role played by them,
Government of India started granting financial aids to NGOs for various schemes. The important
role played by the various national and regional level... [continues]
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