International Services Association ~ INSA-India

Established in 1982 with support from Global Health Action, USA, the International Services Association is committed to the vision of ‘A Just Society living with Health and Development’. INSA India lives its vision by building capacities, advocacy, and being a lead agency for innovastive programs at scale up levels. A unique aspect of our work is the structured personalised follow up services built into every program.

As a trainer organization, INSA-India offers training opportunities for all levels of staff working in registered organizations addressing community health and development issues to reach the Millennium Development Goals. INSA-India is one of the lead organizations in pioneering work for HIV and AIDS prevention education, HIV mainstreaming, children at risk, gender , sexuality and rights programs in India.

As a result of INSA-India’s training of trainers and unique follow-up services, successful health and development programs which are culturally appropriate and cost effective have been established in remote as well as urban areas of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
What we believe
• Health and development are two sides of one coin and are basic rights of every human being
• Integrating gender is essential for sustaining health and development of communities
• Educating men and women, especially of their sexually reproductive rights is essential for happy and healthy families
• Adolescents are the future of any society but emotionally vulnerable. Therefore, educating youth on life skills and empowering them to claim their Rights and be partners in addressing health and development issues equip the nation for a better tomorrow
. Advocacy for child protection can lend opporunties for every chil to live life fully.
• Basic awareness is NOT enough. Proper education and follow-up are integral to training in health and development programs.
What our programs do
• Suit the needs of communities and trainees/participants
• Build on adult learning principles and experiential learnings
• Support and mentor with follow-up services through visits, workshops and newsletters
• Subsidise heavily to reach out to a wider group of organizations for staff development
• Encourage team building within program development
• Demystify existing norms through advocacy to enable behavior change
• Build lead organizations in that region.