Impact of ‘child-to-family’ strategy for health awareness improvement at rural sectors of Paschim Medinipur District, West Bengal
Maiti, S.; Ali, K.M.; Dash, S.S. and Ghosh, D. (2010) Impact of ‘child-to-family’ strategy for health awareness improvement at rural sectors of Paschim Medinipur District, West Bengal. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 9 (2). ISSN 0972-5997
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The present study was carried out to assess the impact of health awareness package through ‘Child-to-Family strategy’ for empowerment of knowledge, change in the attitude and practice regarding communicable diseases and nutritional diseases among rural sectors of Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal from April 2009 to October 2009. School children of 523 from VII to IX standard and their family members (25%) were included in the study. Health awareness level was monitored by self-administered questionnaire method. The study showed that majority of the participants had poor knowledge regarding the concerned diseases at pre-awareness stage. But after imparting the awareness package, knowledge about the said diseases improved markedly in both children and their family members. Therefore, School children have the potential for transmitting their newly acquired knowledge to their family members. The present study enlightened that ‘Child-to-Family Strategy’ is powerful tool for community health improvement at rural sectors.
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