World Health Day 2018

School children in Dharni - Maharashtra celebrating World Health Day 2018.

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, the key message being health and well-being of all irrespective of age, gender and geography. It is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and directly linked to malnutrition as more than 400 million people globally lack access to basic health care services.

A hand washing session with school children in Palghar.
A hand washing session with school children in Palghar.

Drawing from this year’s theme of Health for all, communities across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan celebrated World Health Day 2018 to create awareness on important health factors such as nutrition, sanitation, maternal and child care etc. and the various health services such as check-ups, vaccinations etc. available through local health care centres.

Close to 1500 people from Govandi, Palghar, Amravati, Dhar and Baran joined our field teams between 6th to 9th April and pledged to adopt good health practices. While mothers in Baran, Dhar and Govandi enthusiastically participated in group discussions on food choices, cooking demonstrations and video lessons, children in Dharni and Palghar learned the 6 steps of hand washing and keeping diseases at bay. The field team in Palghar also took up a cleanliness drive to stress on the role that a clean environment plays in ensuring well-being of all.

A video session on nutrition in Govandi, Mumbai.
A video session on nutrition in Govandi, Mumbai.
Mothers in Baran
Mothers in Baran
Mothers in Baran- Rajasthan (left) and Dhar- Madhya Pradesh learning about the various services available through local health care centres

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