Health Education in 20 Primary Schools in Cameroon

 
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After the installations of the new health clubs in September and October of 2014 the health project took a break to evaluate the workshops that we organized in October. We realized that the workshops were very necessary as the coordinators shared best practices among themselves. We also discussed the challenges they are facing and are now focusing on designing solutions to these challenges.

World Aids Day:

During the month of November the health team was preparing for world Aids Day. We had a series of planning meetings with other partners like Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH), Rural Development Foundation (RDF) and Shisong Hospital. The two hospitals provided personnel and resources for Voluntary Counseling and Testing.RDF and Knowledge for Children provided two thousand condoms that were distributed during the celebration of World Aids Day on the 1st of December 2015.We started this day with a parade that brought together a lot of people some of who made up a convoy that escorted us to the market.The Venue of the Celebration for 2014 was Mbve Market which is the biggest market in Kumbo. Plus the 1st of December coincided with the big market day which brings a lot of people from surrounding villages. With this opportunity we were able to reach out to so many people in one place.

Knowledge for Children invited 50 Health Scouts from 5 clubs who first went round the market to distribute flyers about HIV and Aids then they later presented drama and songs educating the population about HIV and Aids.

Our counseling and testing team was implacable and was able to test 304 people in one day. Everybody who got test was given condoms to take home.

Last year was a very productive year for the Knowledge for Children Health Program, we were able to graduate 17 health clubs that are now self sustainable. And we were able to add 10 new clubs to the program. The Health program continues to grow in strength and quality with more communities getting involved. Our objective is to bring more healthy practices to many more children in rural communities.We can only achieve this with your support. We continue to be grateful to all those who have and are still contributing either morally or financially to the growth and success of this project. 


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The Knowledge for Children Health Team recently held a series of workshops for our current Health Club Coordinators. One teacher and the community coordinator for each school in the Health Program were invited to one workshop. In total, we held two workshops for 2nd and 3rd year schools, and one workshop for new schools. The goals of the workshops included reiterating the Health Program goals, sharing monitoring and evaluation methods, and demonstrating interactive teaching strategies.

All three workshops included an introductory session on Ebola, which highlighted information on transmission, prevention, and treatment, as well as up-to-date statistics. The session also focused on how to pass on this relevant information to Health Scouts and communities. Each of the three workshops additionally featured sessions on the importance of assertive communication of accurate information, particularly in relation to sexual reproductive health education. The KforC Health Team used sketches to depict inefficient and passive teaching methods compared to effective and engaging teaching methods.

2nd and 3rd Year Workshops:

The KforC Health Team held one workshop at the Council Hall in Ndu for schools far from Kumbo, and one workshop at the Himalayan Institute in Kumbo for those schools close by. The morning of the workshop consisted of a review of the Health Club objectives, monitoring and evaluation protocols, and how to encourage the club’s President and Vice President. The afternoon sessions were more interactive, with a focus on engaging teaching methods, games, effectively using HIV action readers, and planning for sensitization events like World AIDS Day.

The Health Team encouraged each school to plan their own event for World AIDS Day based on the needs of their own communities. The coordinators finished the workshop by writing a draft plan for their own event, including what they will do, who will be involved, when and where the event will take place and their unique community event objectives. For example, some communities were planning a sensitization event in their market through the Health Club performing songs, sketches, and poems.

1st Year Workshop:

The new Health Club coordinators were invited to Kumbo to participate in their first ever Health Program workshop. The main focus at this workshop was to familiarize the new coordinators with their roles and responsibilities within the Health Program. The workshop began with a detailed description of the Health Program, including the program’s origin, policy of implementation, monitoring and evaluation guidelines, and outline of each of the three years in the program. We continued with a session on the Health Club Teacher’s Manual and Health Club Diary, both important tools in the Health Program. The recently revised manual includes sections dedicated to icebreakers, basic hygiene, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, condoms, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and role-plays. With a focus on interactive teaching methods, each section includes multiple sessions in the form of games, activities, sketches, and discussions.

 After the lunch break, the new Health Club Coordinators were invited to sessions completely focused on interactive learning and fun in clubs. The afternoon sessions went into detail on how to utilize the HIV Action Readers, how to play games while maintaining the educational aspect, and how to share sensitive information with pupils in an assertive, effective manner. The workshop ended with an informative discussion about teaching sexual reproductive health and sexually transmitted diseases with youth.

 Conclusion:We had every school in the Health Program represented by at least one of their coordinators. The KforC Health Team is extremely pleased with the positive turn out and we believe the coordinators in attendance will pass on the information to their counterparts in their respective communities. Thanks to active participants, all the workshops were very engaging and resulted in interesting and interactive discussions. We are excited to see the progress of the Health Clubs during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Appreciation:The KforC Health Team would like to extend gratitude to all those who have provided both financial and moral support to our program. We would not have access to the schools and resources without it. We are making real progress with the Health Clubs and we hope to continue the positive work.

 

At the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic year we started by visiting 40 schools to discuss the execution of the

''healthy hands'' project. During these visits we met with all club coordinator and health scouts to discuss their role in the execution of this project. We also discussed the dangers of germs as a result of dirty hands and then linked up with the importance of hand washing. We explained to children that they will be healthier if they can maintain healthy hands by always washing with soap and water and then air drying.

Before the team left the school we had come to an agreement for each school on the role of the health clubs in maintaining the hand washing systems (tanks) that will be donated to their schools by Knowledge for Children. As a result of the outbreak of cholera in some Cameroonian communities many parents are really impressed with this project.

Installation of hand washing systems:

Since the month of April 2014, our health team has been visiting some of our schools to install the hand washing systems. Each school received three water tanks and a donation of soap with the agreement that the Parent Teacher Associations will provide more soap in the future. For schools that do not have water facilities within the school campus they got two barrels of 60 litres each for storage of water. Hand washing systems will be installed in 23 out of 40 schools and then the rest of them will benefit in the next academic year provided we get additional funding.

We intend to add 20 new schools to the program to make a total of 60 schools benefiting from our health education project, and inculcate hand washing as a life style !

Thank you all for making this possible through your donations!



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Hi 
Happy new year 2014 ! Hope your new year has gotten off to a great start..
Here is a brief on what has been going on at Knowledge for Children.
 
This Fall has been a very productive time for the Knowledge for Children Health Program. Since submission of the last report, we successfully launched our Alumni Network by conducting two youth camps covering six of our communities around Kumbo. We also had a great World AIDS Day event with fourteen of our schools in Ndu. All events were well received and we look forward to continuing and expanding on these projects in the coming year.
  
Project Continuity:
 
Last year, Knowledge for Children became interested in creating an Alumni Network of former Health Scouts that are now attending secondary school. Health Scouts face increased health risks as they enter secondary school, particularly in regard to sexual health risks (i.e. HIV exposure and pregnancy). We would like to continue to support Health Scouts as they go through the transition from childhood into adulthood in order to ensure maximum impact of the principles taught in primary school. Additionally, we would like to build leadership skills among secondary students by having older students mentor current Health Scouts and support coordinators in their efforts to run the Health Clubs in primary schools.
 
In order to achieve these goals, we worked with six communities in the Kumbo area to conduct two youth camps that trained graduated Health Scouts on leadership and communication skills, decision-making, resisting peer pressure, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and planning for the future. We were able to successfully utilize the six Community Health Club Coordinators that were instituted this summer to organize the camp logistics and select students to attend. The camps were conducted over a period of three days each in the first and second week of October. Approximately 80 students benefited from the camp and used bananas to effectively demonstrate the proper use of a condom, as well as show improved knowledge about sexual reproductive health and HIV. At the end of the camp, each student pledged to be a youth leader in their community and volunteer at their local primary school.
 
Our second project for the first part of the school year, the World AIDS Day program, was equally successful. Fourteen of our Health Clubs in the Donga-Mantung and Nkum Divisions attended an event in Ndu. The Lord Mayor and a representative of the Divisional Officer, as well as the Delegate of Youth Affairs, attended and showed a great deal of support for their community. We also partnered with the District Medical Office and the Community Baptist Health Center to provide 136 HIV tests to community members and distribute 900 condoms to at-risk community members.
 
Additionally, approximately 140 of our students participated in a parade through the town, advertising free HIV testing and sensitizing the community about the realities of HIV/AIDS. We also sent health workers and students into the market to conduct sensitization and outreach. Lastly, each school presented skits and poems about combating HIV/AIDS through reducing stigma, supporting people living with HIV/AIDS, promoting testing and treatment, and dispelling myths. All participants seemed to enjoy the event and we are very proud of the work we accomplished.


Follow Ups:
 
This December, we will follow up on the success of our youth camps by meeting with the Health Club Coordinators in the six communities to record the volunteer work done by attendees. In 2014, we will create a plan to expand the youth camps to the remaining 34 schools in our program. We also hope to host a training that will empower the Community Health Club Coordinators to conduct youth camps independently. We also have plans to conduct a Sanitation and Hygiene Program with our Health Clubs. We will be working with the communities and donors to improve latrines and create hand-washing stations at each of our 40 schools. With your continued support, we hope to be able to significantly impact the rate of water- and food-borne illness in our schools.
 
Appreciation:
We will endlessly continue to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habits to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Please tell us what you think, any advice or suggestions are welcome!
Once again happy new year and bestwishes!
 
Compiled By:
 
Shannon Clawson
Peace Corps Volunteer
Knowledge for Children Cameroon
 
 
Save Earth ,think about the future! lets care for our environment!
And that which the Lord does many then do whose eyes are always on thier Lord.
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Introduction:
 

Since submission of the last report, Knowledge for Children has continued with the motto:”Good Health for Quality Education” to continue to support our newly-installed clubs and strengthen our first 20 clubs. We did this by visiting all 40 Health Clubs for a working session. This allowed teachers to observe interactive learning in the classroom, as well as discuss individual concerns with the Health Team. As a result of the need for a Community Coordinator identified in our last series of workshops, we also held a series of four workshops to train and formally install a Community Health Club Coordinator for each school in our Health Program. Lastly, we identified graduated Health Scouts in three communities to participate in a Alumni Network Youth Camp.
 
Project Continuity:
 

Following the workshops that instructed club coordinators on the proper usage of Health Club materials, the Health Team set out to visit all 40 Health Clubs during April and May. The team was able to visit all 40 schools and introduce new games and demonstrate the interactive teaching methods discussed during the workshops. The team introduced a health-themed “Tug of War” game as well as the “Lions and Elephants” game that teaches students about how HIV affects the immune system. We were also able to lead a discussion with each school based on the HIV/AIDS action reader “I still want to play”. This reader teaches children how to support their friends that have parents with HIV.
 
During the school visits, we were also able to meet with school club coordinators and counsel them on how to address specific problems they were experiencing in their club. Finally, we were able to meet the Community Health Club Coordinators that were selected by the school to ensure the continuity of the Health Program, as discussed during the workshops held in March. We were able to explain the purpose of the Community Health Club Coordinators and invite them to a workshop/training that was scheduled in July.
 
The KforC Health Team was then able to conduct a series of workshops to introduce the new Community Health Club Coordinators to the Health Program and train them on how to support and manage their local Health Club. Workshop participants defined the roles and responsibilities of Community Coordinators, learned interactive teaching methods, reviewed the qualities necessary for a good facilitator, and brainstormed ways to involve the community in Health Club Activities.
 
Lastly, the Health Team was able to meet with three of four secondary schools to begin initiation of the Alumni Network. The team established relationships with the Head Masters of the secondary schools and identified the former Health Scouts within these schools. This list of graduated Health Scouts will be used to create invitations for our Alumni Network Youth Camp.
 
Follow Ups:
 
The Health Team now needs to plan and implement two Youth Camps for the official initiation of the Alumni Network. The camps will be held to train graduated Health Scouts on leadership and mentoring skills, decision-making, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and club management. The camps are currently scheduled for November and will be held in Kumbo Zone as a pilot program. Following the success of these camps, we hope to expand the program to all 40 schools through partnership with the Community Health Club Coordinators.
 
Conclusion:
 
We hope to create a healthy environment by working with our youths for better healthy practices. The saying here goes “A Healthy Mind Can Only Be in a Healthy Body”
 
Appreciation:
We will endlessly continue to extend our heart felt gratitude to all those who have and are still giving their financial and moral support to help us bring more healthy habits to primary school children so as to create an HIV Free Generation in the North West Region of Cameroon. Please tell us what you think, any advice or suggestions are welcome!
 
Compiled By:
 
Losha Mark Chaffee N
 
Program Officer
 
KforC Cameroon,
 
Save Earth ,think about the future! lets care for our environment!
And that which the Lord does many then do whose eyes are always on thier Lord.

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Devine Suiven

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Kumbo, North West Region Cameroon

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