Health and Hygiene
A visibly neglected area in our communities. There can be no progress
in any community burdened with poor health, sickness and ignorance.
The economic pressures, absence of priorities due to lack of
education and onslaught of urbanization has had telling effect on the
state of once robust Indian peasant. There is no visible presence of any
public health system in the countryside. Children and women are most
affected. Villages in remote have no access to any emergency medical aid.
We have been sensitive to this aspect and integrate health and hygiene
with all water related projects as far as possible. Separate emphasis is
laid on awareness programmes in gram sabhas so essential if we are to send
any message against unhealthy social ills which breed in a dormant
community. Our experiment in Swasti only convinced us how hungry and
receptive the communities are for such exposure.
The League organises pioneer training camps for volunteer health
workers. The first camp was conducted with great success, the first of its kind ever in the region.
The League is grateful to Tata Trust for funding this and other activities
in the specific community where the camp was conducted. This has laid
the foundation for a new awareness, which we have to only sustain and nurture. Not only
the girls but also boys were keen to join in this exposure.
Hygiene is integral to our health programmes. Under this objective we
provided 40 toilets to the community under the UNPD scheme giving specially the old and the
women an added privacy with self-respect. Such schemes need to be
widespread in our countryside.
children being medically
examined at Manava Bharati
School on their visit to Delhi
under training as health
workers with Dr. Maj. Meeta Singh
conducting the camp in the Village
Top-UNESCO Design Toilets.
It is observed that girls attendance in classes has improved with a
separate toilet being provided for girls at the village school a linkage
between education and health.
We intervene actively against prevailing health related ills in society,
which have a physically corroding influence.
The elimination of tobacco chewing in youth in Project Swasti is a small
Support for campaign for
iodised salt in government retail shops.
Drive against growing alcoholism in villages.
Drive for greater involvement of women in social activities in villages
where this segment is quite confined
and kept distanced.
We have built up a library of audio video tapes on rural health.
Are members of Voluntary Health
Association of India.
Our vision is to consolidate on our initiative and enlarge the scope. The
aim is to-sustain the programme
for health training, provide one basic emergency medical aid post
for every village complex where we execute a project and conduct
extensive health awareness through distance education.