School Visits Strategy
A major component of our health education program is visiting schools to sensitize them about common disease cases in the day to day living. But just a visit or two will have little impact. We are running a long-term program designed to build relationships with schools, working with their students and staff, to guide them into new habits and lifestyle change. The knowledge and facts we teach are important, but so is their attitude about them.
The school visits are a combination of general student assemblies, meetings and training of teachers, and deeper workshops with student health clubs. We have
designed a curriculum based on locals health issues and lifestyles, with flexibility to respond to current epidemics and public health priorities.
Most of the rural schools we visit are not near a properly functioning health center or clinic. So in addition to the knowledge we share, we also conduct health day clinics including health screening, basic medicines and treatments such as deworming, and professional referrals. We also provide first aid materials and basic training.