Use Theater to take out Awareness Campaign on Dengue Prevention and the importance of sanitation & hygiene in daily life
New Delhi, 1st Oct 2015: In order to spread awareness on Dengue & the importance of sanitation & hygiene, children of Child Health Cooperative (a Butterflies initiative) initiated a Dengue Awareness Campaign in their localities using posters & street theatre. The drive began at Yamuna Bazar, Delhi at 3.30 pm with children pasting colorful posters in common places and distributing pamphlets among community people, followed by a street play on the issue. The campaign organized on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti will also be initiated in Okhla Mandi, Nizamuddin Dargah, Sadar Bazar, Kashmere Gate and Jama Masjid areas of Delhi.
The drive sensitized people on diseases caused by stagnant water and improper sanitation & hygiene practices. It also highlighted the importance of using mosquito nets, wearing full sleeves clothes and fogging among other preventive cures. The campaign implored community members to demand fogging in their areas from their municipality officers. The campaign boosted the morale of the children who resolved to continue this campaign on their own in their own communities.
The entire campaign was organized by Child Health Cooperative, a unique initiative and one of the main components of the Butterflies Health programme. Over the last 15 years Butterflies has been running the Child Health Co-operative, a forum of street and working children where they discuss their health problems and chalk out strategies to combat health problems. The cooperative is open to any child and is based on the principle that children can collectively advocate for quality and timely health care services. It also has the primary role of educating its members and their communities on issues of nutrition, hygiene and prevention of most illnesses.