Bhubaneswar: SOS Children’s Villages of India, the country’s largest independent childcare NGO, conducted an awareness campaign on handwashing in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
About 275 children from the “Balpanchayat” organized a handwashing awareness campaign in 11 communities including Daspur, Mahimangar, Pitagadia BhoiSahi, Kujimahal, Bhola, Dalua, Jamujhari, Binjhagiri, Chhatabar, Krushnanagar and Chudang. Awareness has been created on washing hands the right way, wearing face masks, disposing of used masks and meeting social distancing standards.
The initiative was organized and implemented by the “Balpanchayat”, youth representatives, members of the self-help group, tutors and facilitators. Health care experts trained children in hand hygiene through online courses. The children diligently followed the advice of the experts, without missing a single lesson. After receiving the necessary training, the children proactively took the lead and educated their communities on handwashing as a measure to fight COVID-19 and keep other infections and illnesses at bay. Two health professionals (a doctor and a counselor), local Asha workers, among others, were also present during the ride.
Mr. Sumanta Kar, General Secretary of SOS Children’s Villages India, said: “We are delighted that the ‘Balpanchayat’ has taken the initiative to raise awareness about hand hygiene. Although we helped organize the awareness campaign and bring together all key stakeholders, we would not have succeeded in educating so many communities about hand hygiene without the help of the “Balpanchayat”. We hope communities continue to monitor hand hygiene measures and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as keep preventable diseases at bay. “
The awareness campaign was successful, with families of children adopting handwashing as part of their daily hygiene routine. The handwashing awareness campaign in Bhubaneswar follows a similar initiative taken by the NGO in Bawana, Delhi, among others.