Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society
Health & Hygienic Program
To improve health status of communities through health
education, environmental cleanliness, and increasing access to
primary health and child care centers.
lack of awareness,
Health care activities in urban and rural areas include
free health camps and awareness programs. Assisting the HIV and
cancer patients to the hospital and help them. Health and hygienic
awareness program for the women and children.Special health camp
for the construction and domestic workers. Sanitation programs.
The Malnutrition programme began with identifying children between the age group of 1 year to 5 years. A Check on the height and weight of these children revealed that 37% of the children were undernourished. This study was done on 64 children in a slum in Hennur where 24 children were found to be under nourished. BIRDS stepped in to provide vegetable saplings and seeds as an initiative to start a Kitchen garden which is highly nutritional. After 3 months a routine check on the children showed the number of malnourished children came down drastically from 24 children to 7 children ie rate of reduction from 37% to 10%.
BIRDS in collaboration with the NGO FUUD, a foundation that undertakes under nutritional problems of children, provided nutritional biscuits to the children. BIRDS and FUUD under an agreement with local government introduced malnutrition program among the Anganwadies. In the last six months the project reached 410 children who were taken for medical check-up and we found that around 181 children were identified under malnutrition. BIRDS provided nutrition biscuit for the children and kitchen garden for individual houses including the Anganwadies.
A Special Health Awareness program for children was held at the Kyalasanahalli Government School on the 25th January 2019, around 448 children were benefited out of this program. The BIRDS Children Parliament Coordinator along with two field officers was the resources person for the program. The topics covered were steps to maintain good health and hygiene, consumption of nutritious food for good health. The difference between communicable and non-communicable diseases, prevention measures for various diseases and personal hygiene for girls.
A health camp for the Construction Workers was held on the 21st September 2018, at Bellahalli Bande. Around 232 men and women had come for the free medical check-up. Medicines were prescribed where necessary. On 14th December 2018 a health camp was conducted for domestic workers at the Hennur cross community hall and on 16th January 2019 a similar camp was held at Kelasanahalli. There was a free medical check-up and around 332 women and children were prescribed medicines. The medical team consisted of a physician, a nurse and two attendants. BIRDS provided free medicines for all and around 174 people were referred to government hospitals for further treatment.