TEWFI runs health awareness programmes for children, adolescent girls, and women in the community as a part of the Community Development Health and Development programme. These programmes have been carried out in the community by the Uluru Health Care Centre. Along with the regular health education classes conducted in the schools, TEWFI also recognises significant events such as World Health Day and World Aids Day in order to promote better health practices that are often lacking in the local community.
In all the health awareness programmes, TEWFI’s focus is on the specific problems encountered within the local area. The community within TEWFI’s focus has lacked awareness of prevention and treatment of disease and infection. For example to promote awareness of Rabies control International Rabies Day was recognised through group discussions, educational posters and a rally held in the community. The result was positive and at present there is not a rabies threat in the community.
TEWFI also organises health awareness programmes according to the prevalent or evolving situation. One such programme was organised during the life-threatening Swine Flu outbreak. Under this programme, preventive measures were taken such as using masks and washing hands and these were promoted in the community. This was a mass awareness programme throughout Edaikazhinadu Panchayat, reaching approximately 32,000 people.
All our health programmes are delivered through rallies, group discussions and in other ways which benefit and educate the largest possible numbers of children in the community.