Building awareness on education and health, and encouraging parents to send their children to school is an ongoing job for The Wisdom Academy.
The monthly door-to-door health visits by the nurse and a female teacher are more and more about prevention and raising awareness, besides offering basic medical care. It took some time to gain trust from the (female) slum dwellers. Now, the ladies tell their stories, share information on families in need, and are willing to be educated about health, personal hygiene and cleanliness.
The nurse tells the women, for instance:
- To limit the amount of hot spices (garam masala) in the food to reduce stomach problems and diarrhoea.
- About the harms of tobacco consumption. Many women have the habit of chewing tobacco, as a ‘medicine’ for weakness, anaemia and headache. The nurse gives them iron tablets and vitamin pills.
- That (if possible) they and their family members should have breakfast in the morning before leaving for work and school, to feel fitter, perform better and avoid health problems.