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.
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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