Educating students on importance of cough hygeine
Greetings and Wishes from REACH for a happy and healthy New Year 2016 to all of you. As we begin this year, we hope that you will share our concern for TB control in India. We need to work together to create TB free communities. Thank you for the interest you have taken in our work.
About 750 people still continue to die each day in India due to TB. TB spreads through the air we breathe. We at REACH work very closely with TB patients to assist them with their treatment and engage in activities that supports them. Besides we also believe in generating awareness about TB to the public.
Last year we embarked on a community health campaign on safe and hygienic cough practices. The COUGH HYGIENE CAMPAIGN was inaugurated on the occasion of World TB Day. The main focus was to educate school children and communities on the importance of adopting safe and clean cough practices.
As part of the campaign, during the following months, we had organized several programs for children and communities. These programmes highlighted the connection between hygienic cough practices and prevention of diseases such as TB.
Through interactive sessions with school students and the community members and demonstrations, proper and hygienic cough practices were discussed. Illustrations and flip charts were also used to convey these messages. Students and the community members clarified their doubts regarding cough practices and TB.
On completion of the programme an oath was taken to encourage people to follow the practice of cough hygiene. Posters were stuck to reinforce the message in the communities and schools.
We plan to continue with this campaign, this year as well. So far we have done around 32 programmes at schools and around 18 programmes at the community level.
Doctors, pharmacists and patients have also involved themselves by disseminating information on the importance of following the practice of cough hygiene.
An easy and simple practice such as this can prove very effective in combating the spread of TB.
We at REACH thank you all for your donations and support which has been instrumental in helping us do our work.
We request each one of you to cough with care at all times and encourage others to follow the same!
Please do continue to engage with us this year as well.
We wish you all good health and a prosperous 2016.
Flip Charts- to explain about cough hygeine
Banner- images of safe cough hygiene practices
Cough with care' program at the community level
Students - Always Cough the right way
Skit by students on cough hygiene