Social development theory attempts to explain qualitative changes in the structure and framework of society that help the communities to better realize its aims and objectives. Development can be broadly defined in a manner applicable to all societies as an upward ascending movement featuring greater levels of energy, efficiency, quality, productivity, complexity, comprehension, creativity, mastery, enjoyment and accomplishment. Development is a process of social change, not merely a set of policies and programs instituted for some specific results. The basic mechanism driving social change is increasing awareness leading to better organizations and quality life. Life evolves by consciousness and consciousness in turn progresses by organization. When society senses new and better opportunities for progress it accordingly develops new forms of organization to exploit these new openings successfully. The new forms of organization are better able to harness the available social energies and skills and resources to use the opportunities to get the intended results.
Aims & Objectives:
REPID seeks to provide social development, primarily in low-income localities, by investing in relief and rehabilitation, health, education, environmental sanitation sectors through provision of Primary Health Care services, income generation skills, human resource and rural development.
In this regards REPID has adopted the holistic approach which goes beyond medical/curative/educative models and includes Health promotion, advocacy, research, training, community involvement and outreach services thus eliminating extreme poverty issues and provision of basic required education for improved standards of life e.g skill development and availability and training of local teachers for primary education system strengthening .
All social development programs of REPID are implemented through different community-based projects.
- REPID has conducted trainings of adolescents on life skills, awareness-raising sessions on puberty changes;
- Provision of sports facilities; vocational training; capacity building of parents, teachers, health care providers; HIV & AIDS and Hepatitis.
- The Health Sector Strategic Plan of REPID is being implemented in a phased manner, reflecting resource constraints. Priorities include hygiene and sanitation; immunization; malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS and other disease control; information, education and communication; reproductive heath. Under its plan, REPID has abolished user fees in public facilities and upgraded training and enhanced drug availability, thus strengthening the health system in improvement the availability and quality of services.
- The services of REPID has expanded for provision of social development targets in the region in order to complete our Goal which is for the benefit of our community impacting us and our generations ahead.
Key activities include research and policy analysis; social sector government database support; pilot project monitoring and evaluation; training of personnel in government, private sector and NGOs; and information dissemination through publications, conferences, seminars and workshops.