With the advent of Monsoons, Uplift has begun putting into action its Monsoon plan. As part of risk reduction and early diagnosis measures, a series of health talks and check-up camps are being organized in communities. One such health talk was organized on July 13, 2017, at Azadnagar, Thane. The focus of the health talk was on prevention of water borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and diarrhoea.
The health talk was conducted by Dr Swati Shinde, medical officer at Uplift. She used visual aids to explain the symptoms and causes of monsoon related diseases and stressed on measures that can be taken by members to prevent these diseases.
The video of the health talk is available to watch here.
Mrs Kamal Thappa, a member who attended the health talk shares her experience, “I was unaware about the cause and symptoms of Malaria, had no clue that it could be identified so easily at home. I am going to take proper safety measures and ensure that there are no mosquito breeding grounds in my house and surrounding areas”.
Shaalan Kamble, another member who attended the health talk said, “I am going to adopt two measures to ensure that my family stay disease free this monsoon. First, consume only boiled water and second discourage my family members from eating street food during the rainy season.”
The heath talk was followed by general check-up camp. Dr Shinde explained, “We are working in the slums of Mumbai where overcrowding, water logging, extreme unhygienic conditions always come in the way of a healthy life while we have limited resources to work on them. Imagine the condition during heavy rains. People usually fall prey to diseases like malaria, typhoid, dengue and diarrhoea. These conditions worsen if not treated in the initial stages and cause a financial burden on the families’ due to hospitalization. What we can do is to spread awareness about these diseases through health talks and catch them early through the health check-up camps.”
About the Project
Through ICMIF’s 5-5-5 Mutual Microinsurance Strategy, Uplift aims to bring health mutual aid solutions to an additional half a million low-income people in Mumbai and Pune over the next five years. The project was launched in August 2016 and is supported by ICMIF members, The Co-operators (Canada), Länsförsäkringar (Sweden) and the Achmea Foundation (The Netherlands).