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Health Education for children

Training child heath advocates can inspire peers, community

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

My idea is to implement a health leader role within the schools or camps. It would start as a "leadership training" for the children that would be a day of education from different health workers and led by a single person in the community. Topics would include how to wash your hands properly, how to make sure you're water is drinkable, how to use a mosquito net if applicable, etc. Once the children finish the day long program they are then deemed "Health leaders" in their community. Their job then is to teach as many people as they can. They then have to report to the head of the training who will reward them for the amount of people they have taught, about WASH or whatever certain health topic they were trained in.

WHO BENEFITS?

The entire community benefits from the health education, but especially the next generation who will have a positive view and knowledge of good health practices at a young age.

PROTOTYPE

I am looking for partners in developing countries to test a prototype for a three week trial. Monitoring and evaluation will hopefully be done by the teachers and reported back to the NGO or partner working on the implementation. Could also do a trial run in a US based elementary school.

FEEDBACK

Implementation; general feedback

SKILL SHARE (optional)

I spent a year obseriving health facilities in East Africa. I do not however have a nursing degree or anything similar, so advice form an actual health care worker would be beneficial

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Currently in the US, but previously worked in the heath center in rural Uganda.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

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Utmost important! I am not sure whether it is too late to make a team?

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