12 Health Promotion Trust (HPT) - Fr Rocky Banz

posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:59 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 8:59 AM ]

Grassroots-Centred Preventive Health Outreach

Thousands of tribals, farmers, fisherfolk, senior citizens, youth and others from urban and rural communities in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad are more empowered about disease prevention than ever before. HPT's mobilisation of "barefoot health workers" at the grassroots through collaboration with 55 community-based organisations (CBOs) has yielded tremendous fruit. In addition to its two-year health worker training, HPT continues to create and implement new and ongoing health education and awareness programmes promoting alternative "Nature-based" treatments.

Advanced Health Worker Training: 22 health workers from Mumbai and Thane, and 17 from Raigad have been identified for a one-year advanced training programme. These sessions are instrumental in helping HPT decentralise its services, because advanced trainees not only conduct health education sessions in their neighbourhoods, but in nearby communities as well in lieu of HPT staff.

Study Visits: Till date, HPT health workers have visited the National Institute of Naturopathy and the Medical Missionaries Centre for a Psycho-Nutrition course at Pune and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) at Jamkhed, Ahmednagar.

Annual Health Workers Rally: Approximately 450 health workers from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad gathered at Holy Name School hall in February to share their positive experiences through skits, dances and songs. HPT has successfully celebrated six rallies since 2009. Newly trained health workers received their Barefoot Health Worker certificate at this event.

Herbal Gardens/Herbal Remedies: These have been extremely effective in enabling HPT to promote natural and sustainable treatment options to combat common illnesses, ranging from joint pain to hair loss and weakened immunity. HPT presently supports herbal gardens at Jivan Vikas Kendra, Tara; Jeevanalaya Centre, Kolkhe; Institute of Social Service, Kolad; Amardeep, Mangaon in Raigad district. The health workers are trained to prepare herbal remedies from plants grown in herbal gardens. These remedies also serve as an income generation venture, since they are marketed and sold locally, and in other outlets such as the extremely successful Bandra Fair stall.