Preventive Health and Hygiene Education
With support from J&J, INMED’s preventive health and hygiene education initiatives have reached more than 3 million children and have trained more than 30,000 teachers, cafeteria workers and community health workers. Together, these stakeholders have generated a groundswell of positive change that has engaged more than 5 million family and community members across Brazil. The model is three-fold, involving:
- Treatment: Treating children for intestinal parasitic infection and nutritional deficiencies
- Education: Teaching children—and their teachers, parents and local community health workers—about good nutrition, preventive health habits, hygiene and sanitation measures that help prevent disease
- Action: Empowering children through interactive, participatory activities to put the lessons they have learned into action to improve the health and quality of life of their families and communities
This program has mobilized communities to address a wide range of concerns ranging from obesity and cardiovascular disease prevention to malnutrition to community sustainability through environmental conservation.