The boys and girls at one of the Bengali village schools are attending a "Medical Basics" course by our team members Dr. Devashish and Nimai.
These people have different ways of thinking about injuries and illnesses than we do, having developed a different world view through a different culture.
Many of their health conditions are being treated with prayers and magical ceremonies from their shamans.
While our team is always trying to respect the Chhattisgarh resident's culture and tradition, many of these methods are just not effective enough to prevent a high rate of child mortality, death in childbirth, cases of Malaria, crippling, and death through malnutrition or small injuries which become infected.
So we have decided that apart from out medical projects, we want to put more energy into our efforts to educate and spread awareness of basic health and hygiene. We already have a good base project of helping young people to have more life choices than the previous generation with our school project.
Now we are concentrating on health education with our Basic Health course, which aims to teach young children and teenagers basic knowledge of daily health and hygiene practises, as well as nutrition.
One of our goals is also to encourage the children to carry their knowledge into their villages and families, inspiring and teaching their elders to change old habits.
Thus we hope to sew the seed of change for better and healthier lives for all of the community.
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