Health Awareness Programme, Gulbarga

Health Awareness Program (HAP) was initiated by Michael Dcosta, one of the Span trustees and Gulbarga coordinator, after working for many years with leprosy-affected community and noting a change in their health due to continuous health awareness and cleanliness drives and teachings given to them over the years. By helping and teaching the leprosy-affected, about general hygiene, prevented many visits (especially, their children) to the local doctor. Training a couple of people on how to detect initial symptoms of certain diseases helped them to identify and transport several patients to a clinic/hospital on time. This helped in the prevention of strokes and heart attacks. The success of this led the Span Trust trustees to start HAP. The programme aims to spread information on hygiene and teach about health awareness using audiovisuals in schools, colleges and community centres, in surrounding villages.

HAP's mission is to:

  1. Identify health improvement priorities.
  2. Increase general awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease, disability and the opportunities for progress.
  3. Provide measurable objectives and goals that apply to local urban and rural areas.
  4. Engage with multiple sectors to take actions to reinforce policies and improve practices driven by the best available evidence and knowledge.
  5. Identify critical research, evaluation, and data collection needs.

In the initial days, Michael and his team put tremendous effort to translate audiovisuals and presentations on various health topics to local languages. Presentations were prepared for various age groups for better understanding. In July 2019, HAP launched its first programme. We have now reached 800 students and 150 teachers with health awareness.

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