Preventive Healthcare and Awareness Drive in AES Affected Areas
Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) disease has been hitting the Northern part of Bihar during the peak of summer every year. Muzaffarpur district and its surrounding areas have been the worst affected. Hundreds of children fall prey to this mysterious disease every year. Children from poor families have been the worst victim. Creating awareness among the poor families about this disease has been one of the focus areas of Gyan Shree Foundation Trust since inception.
During the 2017-18 to 2019-20 Gyan Shree Foundation Trust carried out awareness campaign in remote villages of Bochaha, Gaighat and Mushahari blocks of Muzaffarpur district. We conducted workshops and also run door-to-door campaign. Three workshops were organised at Gyan Shree Foundation Trust main office at Bochaha, Muzaffarpur. On an average 150 people participated in the each workshop.
Our volunteers visited door-to-door in over 100 villages in the area to educate the poor families about the reasons for the spread of AES. Innovative pedagogy was used to create awareness about this mysterious disease. The poor families were advised not to allow their kids go to sleep in the night empty stomach. They were also advised to keep children away from the heatwave and children must not be allowed to eat unripe or rotten litchis.
Marginalised and poor families were given information on accessing the medical facilities. They were educated on when and how to access medical facilities. Gyan Shree volunteers provided support in taking affected children to hospital and accessing the medical facilities. Our efforts have helped in preventing several casualties. The number of cases declined significantly in the areas where we run the campaign.
Our first major focus was on helping the poor and marginalised families affected by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the deadly mysterious disease. Muzaffarpur was the worst affected district from this mysterious disease, which is also referred as brain fever and Chamaki Bukhar.
We ran an awareness campaign in remote villages of Muzaffarpur district. We covered four blocks – Bochaha, Gaighat, Mushahari and Bandra. Chronic malnourishment, heatwave and some toxin found in unripe litchi fruit are the primary reasons for the spread of this disease.
The focus of our awareness campaign was on poor and illiterate families in remote villages. It is seen that almost all the children affected by the disease are malnourished. The disease stuck them mostly when the kids went to sleep empty stomach.
Our volunteers visited door-to-door in more than 50 villages of Bochaha, Gaighat, Mushahari and Bandra blocks of Muzaffarpur district to educate the poor families about the reasons for the spread of the deadly disease. The poor families were advised not to allow their kids go to sleep in the night empty stomach. They were also advised to keep children away from the heatwave and children must not be allowed to eat unripe or rotten litchis.
This disease turns fatal very quickly. So our focus was also on educating the poor families on how to access medical facilities quickly. We also provided support in accessing the medical facilities.
Our grassroots level work helped in improving health condition of poor children and prevented them from falling prey of the deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) disease. This will remain a focus area of Gyan Shree Foundation Trust in the coming years. Our objective is to ensure that no kids in the region fall prey to this deadly disease. This can become possible through proper awareness and support given to the poor families. Financial deepening and inclusion was another area of focus during the year. We helped marginalised families in opening bank accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. We conducted short-term financial awareness programmes in villages. Pedagogy and other innovative measures were used to create awareness about the benefits of opening bank accounts. Awareness was also created about the importance of insurance and various savings and investment instruments.
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