Past Project: Health Programmes

HEALTH EDUCATION: 
As health is a major concern, KISES focused more attention and activities on  health-related issues in its earliest programmes. Health education messages were passed into the community by health educators by way of home visits and community meetings.KISES health centre,

Health Education Meetings mainly covered:

  • Low-cost nutrition
  • Improved sanitation
  • Birth spacing
  • Infectious diseases and their treatment and prevention
  • Malnutrition in children
  • Early child care
  • STI/RTI and HIV/AIDS
  • Family planning
  • Reduction of early child marriages

HEALTH INTERVENTION: 
Childhood Nutrition:  Children lack nutritious food in their diets, making them prone to anemia and vitamin A deficiency. To curb this problem, more awareness was raised among parents and growth monitoring was conducted every month.  Through constant effort of this process, malnutrition among children was reduced and there was increased awareness among the parents.

Health Programmes
IT is sometimes said that health produces wealth, but poor health is often a  major developmental concern for people living on or below the poverty line in India. Based on this principle, KISES has undertaken several health programmes. Health is one of the neglected facets in Indian society and especially in the remote areas where adequate medical help is very scarce.  Women are often the most neglected member of the family, even though they have to perform both productive and reproductive work at home.

HEALTH CAMPS: 
KISES has conducted several health camps for women and children.  In these health camps not only was screening by qualified medical officers available, but free medicines were also distributed. Many people live very far from health services and, due to poor economic conditions, feel they can not afford to travel to distant health centres.

EYE CAMPS: 
Many of the elderly suffer from cataract problems and are unable to go to hospitals for surgery due to their lowly economic status. This means that they will often lose their eyesight at a very early stage. To prevent this problem, an eye camp was conducted through C.B.M. hospital, Vuyyuru, which has a good reputation after 100 years of experience. Patients were screened and referred for surgery. Following operations, their eyesight was saved.

DENTAL CAMPS:
Dental camps were also conducted for children as many living in poor communities of the children suffer from tooth and gum problems due to a lack of awareness. To raise awareness, our KISES dental camp was organized and free toothbrushes and toothpaste were distributed.

CARE & SUPPORT FOR PREGNANT & LACTATING WOMEN
ANTE-NATAL CARE:
Ante-natal Care: 
Child mortality is a major concern. However, through health education it was possible for ante-natal care to be observed from conception right through to safe delivery of the child.
Post-natal Care:
After the delivery, six weeks of post-natal care was providing to all lactating mothers through home visits. Part of this process included explaining personal hygiene, wrapping of the child, giving colostrums and not to bath  the child for a minimum of three days. Immunisation was another vital component.

Immunisation for Children:  
Immunisation is very essential to the child to avoid diseases like polio, DPT, hepatitis-B and measles, while vitamin A must also be given at the  appropriate time.

Growth Monitoring: 
The children were weighed every month and their growth patterns were explained to the parents.  The main objective of this programme was to reduce child malnutrition in the operational villages.

Birth Registration:
Due to lack of awareness in the villages, no one was registering their children’s names in the concerned panchayats, meaning they lost out on  Government schemes.  Birth registrations were increased by conducting awareness meetings in the community. A total of 102 certificates were issued through KISES in Machilipatnam mandal to children of all ages in 10 villages. Fees were to be paid for registration of the name in the municipal records and issuance of the certificate (10 and 50 rupees respectively), but by negotiating with municipal officials KISES was able to gain exemption for all fees.

Child Marriages: 
There were high numbers of child marriages in remote villages. Child marriages were reduced through awareness campaigns.

Reproductive Health services – Prevention of STI/RTI, HIV/AIDS:  
HIV/AIDS was a major challenge for health promotion interventions. The most vulnerable were referred to hospitals for treatment. Awareness meetings were conducted on HIV/AIDS and counseling offered through home visits.

Personal Hygiene & Practices:  
Personal hygiene is a very vital health issue.  More infectious diseases are caused due to lack of personal hygiene and practices.  Personal hygiene is one of the main prevention methods for sexually-transmitted diseases and the importance of personal hygiene was explaining and demonstrated during home visits.

STRATEGIES :

  • House visits
  • Community meetings
  • Referral services
CHANGES BROUGHT ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY WITH OUR INTERVENTION:
  • Accessing 100% of children for immunisation in our target area.
  • Increased awareness among parents on birth registration.
  • Increased institutional deliveries in the community.
  • Increased exclusive breastfeeding.
  • Benefits of health services provided by KISES health camps, especially for women and children.
  • People accessed with usage of toilets.
  • Increased the awareness on personal hygiene practices.

FURTHER INTERVENTIONS:
Health Centre:
KISES does not confine itself to merely conducting health education meetings and camps, but aims to provide services to reach out to and benefit the whole community.  There was no primary health centre within the radius of 30km (only PHC is at Guduru) and people were suffering for the lack of health services. Our KISES Health Centre can serve 20-25 nearby villages, providing a service to around 27,000 people on an ongoing basis.

KISES health centre

The centre provides first aid and has one trained ANM (auxilary nurse), who is available to the people during the daytime. Sincere fundraising efforts are being made to ensure sustainability of the health centre and to mobilise  resources like collection of free sample medicines, conducting health camps etc.
Doctors are willing to render their services free of charge as we are able to provide the necessary infrastructure.

The next stage is to source funding to allow us to operate  a mobile medical unit in the area, making it easier for our health workers to reach remote and distant villages. Please visit our Project Proposals for more information.

 

Health camps No. of camps organised No. of people availed services Free medicines distributed Nutrition distributed
Women health camps 4 324 To all patients To all patients
Children health camps 4 432 To all patients To all patients
Eye camp (Mobilised camp) 1 102 To all patients Free surgery was made to eligible patients.
Dental check up 1 75 To all patients Free brush and paste distributed to all the children.
General check up 1 26 To all patients No nutrition distributed
Total 11 959