Voluntary health Association of Tripura (VHAT) runs an information and documentation centre. It collects different information from different sources and documents them.The information and documentation centre consists of the following components:
Journals and books on health, environment, income generation, and gender issues, disability, socio-economic issues .
NGO promotion cell consisting of information on project proposal preparation, information about funding agencies and area of financial support by the funding agencies.
Information boxes contain materials on health, environment, gender issues and other developmental issues.
VHAT Programme reports, evaluation reports, reports on different research activities and VHAT publication.
Beside these activities, VHAT regularly publishing the “LOKASWASTHYA SAMBAD” a monthly registered by the Registrar of Newspaper of India (RNI) under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Postal Department, Government of India. This is one of the advocacy tools of VHAT to reach to the policy makers and to create awareness among the mass on different health, environment and social issues.
The Loka Swasthya Sambad has different segments which are as follows:
To the readers- critics on health and development policies-national and international.
Health & Medical treatment.
Adolescence and family life education.
Traditional System of Medicine.
Health and environment.
Letters to the Editor: feedback from the readers.
The salient features of the periodical :
It is the only monthly periodical on health issues in the state of Tripura, thus it is drawing the attention of the policy makers, politician, and functionaries of the health service providing institutions of the state.
Current burning issues on health, environment and social issues are highlighted in the periodical.
To enrich the contents, the experts are consulted and some contents are also driven from the web based resource centre/ internet.
It has the monthly circulation of 1200 copies.
Feedback from the readers is given emphasis for giving more highlights on specific issues and taking corrective measures for upgrading the periodical.