Report on awareness campaign for Dengue and Malaria
With Delhi and NCR in the grip of Dengue and malaria, on 13th August, 30 students (including 5 students from ARPAN) of Suncity School went on a field trip to a nearby slum (Sector 53). The purpose of the field trip was to spread awareness and educate the people living in slums about dengue and other diseases spread by mosquitoes.
As soon as the children entered the slum, they noted that it was overrun by cattle and birds and that there was stagnant water all over the place, possibly due to the recent rain. The houses were made of wood, brick and metal and there were congested, crowded lanes running between the shacks.
Before the visit, the students had made posters in Hindi and Bengali to enable them to explain the problem and also to ensure that the slum residents understood the message that was being conveyed. The students explained to them how to avoid, prevent and deal with dengue and malaria. The students gave them tips on how to dispose stagnant water and also suggested that if someone fell ill, that person should drink lot of water and go to the doctor for treatment.
Apart from imparting knowledge about dengue and malaria, the students also distributed mosquito repellent coils and Odomos tubes among the people so that they could keep the mosquitoes at bay.
For the students, it was an educational trip as they learned about how people lived without luxuries and thereby understood gratitude, respect, politeness and humility.