India after decades of independence is still struggling to provide basic health care facilities to its citizens. Provisions for basic health care services especially in rural India are few and far between. It’s an understood reality that the elderly fall way behind in receiving these services.
These are small duration camps organised in different parts of the country on the basis of health needs of a specific location. These health camps aim at promoting health seeking behaviour in the long term and thus, unlike a general curative health camp, these camps also majorly work on building awareness regarding common ailments, family planning methods, nutrition and hygiene and sanitation. These camps provide comprehensive health services free of any cost.
The aim of the camps is not just to provide health services but to create an environment where the whole community gets sensitized about health issues. The camps typically include interesting fun activities for the youth and children on health issues, counselling for adolescents, screening facilities and entertainment programme with health massages. The well attended health camps organized in collaboration with the health institutions demonstrate to the service providers how health issues can be communicated to the community in an interesting and interactive way.
Towards creating a healthier society by popularizing preventive measures, Vishwa Jyoti organizes awareness programs on various issues of health and hygiene. Another strategy employed is involving children and youth in awareness programs like rallies, debates etc. because, children are the best messengers to carry the message to their parents, family and other community members. Health-weeks and health camps are also generally organized in villages for different age groups.
Information about the conduct of health awareness sessions and camps is widely canvassed by Foundation well in advance. These sessions and camps are organized in coordination with the community keeping their time and other constraints in mind. Through these activities, Foundation ensures that such programs reach maximum number of people.