Thematic areas:
Community-based health project, focusing on health and hygiene, nutrition and anaemia, WASH
Strengthening women health volunteers towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, with a special focus on mental health.

The project focuses on equipping women towards personal and household sanitation and hygiene, making informed nutritious food choices in their daily diet, importance of having iron-rich food items, etc. Hand hygiene is highlighted and demonstrations are provided in schools. A trained staffer is specially assigned with the task of conducting awareness sessions, networking with government hospitals, anganwadis, schools, etc. Other activities are also taken up to take the message to the larger local community.

Impact areas:
Thrissur and Palakkad in Kerala, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra


ESAF implemented a pilot project in the year 2016 on prevention of non-communicable diseases by capacitating community health workers (Arogyamitras) in Thrissur and Palakkad districts of Kerala. Women from ESAF SHGs were chosen to become the Arogyamitras for the project, and they were trained to deliver health education programmes to prevent NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness. After the completion of training, the Arogyamitras facilitated health lessons to SHG members.

Key results & Impacts:
- 650 students were directly benefited.
- Completed 1136 house visits. 34 people with mental issues were identified and 19 were referred to mental health services.
- More than 100 women participated in the camp and 95 women underwent cancer screening
- More than 100 SHG members attended the Cancer Day observance

Arogyamitra health workers covered 188 SHGs and 1586 clients through group sensitisation meetings

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