Preventive Health Education in collaboration with the Divine Mother and Child Health Program (DMCHP).
The Divine Mother and Child Health Program (DMCHP) was launched in the year 2013, and preventive education and healthcare support has been gifted to over 11,000 mothers and children, through this unique initiative. To maintain health and overall well-being, educating those who live in the rural pockets of the country is paramount to promote health literacy and spread awareness about personal health and hygiene.
In the State of Karnataka, the programme has embraced seven districts, and various kinds of preventive education programmes are conducted to different groups of people.
During the annual medical check-up at all the educational campuses managed by the Prashanthi Balamandira Trust, students are lectured on personal hygiene, correct brushing technique etc. Vaccinating students for measles, mumps, rubella and administering tetanus at the right age is also carried out in collaboration with the Primary Health Centre at Muddenahalli. Some of the other initiatives in collaboration with the DMCHP include:
Preventive health education sessions are conducted by doctors on aspects like nutrition, hygiene and selfcare during pregnancy, preparedness for delivery and benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, to expecting mothers through Primary Health Centres run by the government.
Benefits of continuing exclusive breastfeeding, care of infants, complementary feeding and other healthy child rearing practices are imported to lactating mothers through Primary Health Centres run by the government.
Children in Primary Schools (age 6 to 10 years)
Children in this age group are taught about the importance of bathing daily, brushing teeth, skin care, care of hair and other basic health concepts of hygiene like regular hand washing, etc.
Children in higher primary and High schools (age 11 to 16 years)
These children are taught about the importance of nutrition, hygiene, and health. Specific sessions on sexual health, menstrual hygiene, growth and development during puberty are held regularly. Special sessions on improving memory and concentration through meditation and personality development sessions are also conducted with the help of subject experts.
Students in Colleges (age 16 to 22)
Sessions on anaemia prevention, first aid, gender equality, general health concepts, sexual health and living a socially responsible life by regular voluntary blood donation, marrying and planning pregnancy at right ages, etc., are taught periodically to the students.
Doctors, Nurses, ANMs, Anganwadi workers and ASHA staff in healthcare system are also trained in various aspects of health according to their needs.
Seminars in mother care, family welfare services, complimentary feeding of infants, etc., are also conducted periodically.