POPE (People Organization for Planning and Education) has been involved in developing a health centre with 20 bed rural hospital. With in the hospital, there is one health education centre with all the required infrastructures for training.
In the rural areas where Dalits and other socially and economically backward people living villages, at least 60% 80% of the diseases they get are easily preventable. Among children, diarrheal diseases, respiratory infection, vitamin A deficiency and malnutrition are the most popular health deficiencies. Among adolescent girls and women, Iron deficiency leads to Anemia. The anemia among adolescent mothers and pregnant mothers are most common where the poor people living. Tuberculosis is associated with poverty. HIV / AIDS is another major life style disease, followed with hyper tension, diabetes. The occupational diseases for child labourers and those who work at hazardous situation is threatening the children and youth. Sexually transmitted diseases, skin diseases, reproductive tract infection, poor sexual hygiene, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene are the major causes for the incidence and prevalence of many communicable diseases. Water borne diseases are more among the place where unsafe drinking water and poor environmental sanitation exists. If health education is given to the community, most of the diseases can be easily prevented and controlled in further transmission.
It may be difficult to bring all the community members to the POPE health centre for training. On the other hand, the leaders and representatives of self help groups and other groups representatives can be given health education. In turn, the trained leaders can disseminate the health information to other members in the community. Through health education they can develop positive attitude, improve the knowledge on health and develop skill in application of knowledge. The superstitious beliefs and customs related to the dietary practice of pregnant mothers need to be modified. So the health education may be useful for behaviour modification.
Project period - 1 year
Project beneficiaries (direct)
Project beneficiaries (indirect)
Overall goal of the project is to prevent and control the incidence and prevalence of communicable and non communicable diseases.
List of Training
Problem of Dalit Children
Various studies indicate that the drop out rate among Dalit School going children are 50% higher than the non-Dalit children. In Science and Maths education, the Dalit children’s performance was very poor. The educational standard is also poor in comparison with non-Dalit children. The level of reasoning and the articulation capacity is also poor among Dalit children. The reasons for their low performance are as follows:
POPE has remedial school children at Somasipadi and other under privileged, destitute children at Thallakulam. These children have the background of what we said earlier. The educational institutions where the children are studying also do not have the science laboratory and other equipments to increase their educational accuracy, reasoning and articulation capacity.
The Dalit children from the POPE project area, covering Kilpennathur block, Thurinjapuram block and Tiruvannamalai block (40 villages) have children’s club (Dalit Children’s Kingdom). They need to be exposed on such Theme Park.
What is POPE Children’s Theme Park?
The children’s theme park will be situated in Thallakulam campus of POPE. 2000 square feet area is set aside for the formation of theme park with the appropriate fencing. The theme park will consist in the following items.
The overall goal of the Dalit children’s theme park is to enable the children to build up sound knowledge in school subjects such as Science and Maths through games / models documentation etc.