Health promotion in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Health education for inhabitants of the region. First aid and hygiene trainings
Why did we help in India?
Arunachal Pradesh is the easternmost state of India, inhabited by tribal people. It is one of the poorest parts of the country – nearly 34.6% of the population live below the poverty line there. A serious problem for the inhabitants is very poor transport services – it takes many hours to travel to the nearest health care centres, and during the monsoon season many villages remain completely cut off.
There is a shortage of qualified medical staff in the region, and health care centres lack diagnostic and laboratory facilities and specialist doctors.
Our aid is of a long-term nature – it brings lasting change to the communities we support.
How did we help in India?
Our two volunteers Emilia Kowalska (paramedic) and Maria Strzemieczna (nurse) travelled to Arunachal Pradesh, India in 2015. Together with the local organisation Seva Kendra Arunachal East they conducted 16 training courses in schools and universities as part of an educational project.
They organised 9 first aid workshops for children and young people and 6 training courses on hygiene and prevention of the ‘dirty-hands disease’. The classes were attended by 977 people. The volunteers also conducted training courses for specialists (health and police workers). As part of the collaboration with the police, an instructional film was prepared which was then included in the training programme conducted by the police in schools in the region.
participants in training courses
on hygiene and prevention of the ‘dirty-hands disease’
a paramedic and a nurse
first aid workshops
for children and young people
India 2015, photo: Polish Medical Mission
Who did we help?
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We live thanks to the help of good people. Everything we have: blankets, mattresses and clothes, we got from neighbours or aid organisations, such as the Polish Medical Mission. To the social welfare centre run by the Association of Charity Sisters in Mafraq 53-year-old Badriyah came with her daughter. Raghad apparently looks like an ordinary teenager – she wears a pink hijab popular among young women. Her nails are painted orange. She is dressed in fashionable, embroidered jeans and shoes with sequins and a big OK inscription. But her life is far from what OK stands for. She is 13 years old, has spent half of her life in exile, does not have many friends, and never went to school, although Jordan opened primary schools for Syrian children a long time ago. She cannot write or read well. Raghad is silent as the grave. Her eyes are lowered and she is nervously turning a worn-out smartphone over in her hands. This Samsung in a white case is another illusion of normality. I wonder how an illiterate girl can surf the net. What does she watch? Does she have a Facebook and an Instagram account? And if so, what does she post there? Who does she observe? What kind of music does she listen to? – What future is there for a girl who, at 13, has never been to school? – I ask her mother, but basically I know the answer.
Who helped in India?
We are one of the few Polish non-governmental organizations that provide medical assistance. We help where the needs are the greatest. Our assistance is long-term – it brings permanent changes in the communities we support.
Polish Medical Mission
Project co-financed within the framework of the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
Seva Kendra Arunachal East
The Seva Kendra Arunachal East organisation is involved in the socio-economic and cultural development of the Arunachal Pradesh region. It strives for social change through civic participation in the spirit of democratic values.
Medical aid. Permanent changes. Local partner.
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