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Health Education To Villages (HETV) was launched by The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust, to address the challenge of improving health education in underdeveloped countries. HETV is a private, non-profit development group that works within the existing health framework of developing countries to establish and promote health educational programs that will provide rapid and long-term capacity-building to improve health and quality of life, and will give mothers and communities more control over their health status. Partnered with national and state governments, we work to assist in educating mothers and children, teachers and students, doctors and village health workers, and a variety of community leaders, in the targeted areas of health, water, hygiene, and sanitation. We employ all the media available to us - education satellites, computer-based training, television, radio, cinema screens, posters, and more - to better inform and educate communities, so that good health practices spread as quickly as possible.

HETV is currently working with the state of Maharashtra in India - a state of 120 million people - as the pilot state for many of our programs, with the hope of developing education networks that will expand to the rest of India, and eventually to nations all over the world. We are developing and executing targeted programs designed to reach a wide variety of audiences. The programs include computer-based training of health workers (in local languages), educating villagers about safe water disinfection, health educational television and radio programs, and providing mothers with simple learning materials about health, hygiene, and disease management, with a primary focus on diarrhoeal diseases and Oral Rehydration Therapy.

In developing countries some 1.2 billion people - one sixth of the world's population - do not have access to clean water, and almost 2.5 billion lack knowledge of basic hygiene. Without safe and sufficient food and water, disease spreads far too easily. According to the World Health Organization, 250 million people suffer yearly from diseases caused by dirty water, and 6,000 of these people die every day. These water-related diseases are the leading cause of death around the world, far ahead of war, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction combined. When such great numbers of people are malnourished, dehydrated, and underfed, they lack the immune systems to fight disease. When disease does spread, they lack the health education and resources to use simple solutions and manage disease before it reaches a crisis. Health crises quickly escalate, and the effects are socially and economically devastating. As such, the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and disease perpetuates.

But this cycle can slow down, and eventually stop entirely. At HETV, we believe that health education at the community level, along with social development, is the first and most important step toward prevention. We look forward to a day when more communities have access to clean water, when more mothers know exactly what to do when illness does strike, and when fewer children die from diseases the world already knows how to control. Together with our international and local partner organizations, and with the commitment and motivation of families, village health workers, and community leaders, we are leading the way to a healthier living environment in villages everywhere, and to a better life.

This web site deals with broad programmes involving large numbers of people, and it often cites statistics to discuss the health concerns of these people. We wish to remember, then, that every statistic is comprised of a large number of individuals - individuals loved by their families and communities, and individuals who work hard to contribute to those communities. Too many of these individuals die before having a fair chance at life, and many more live, but are left to lead a life forever handicapped by a childhood of hunger, illness, and both physical and mental underdevelopment. Behind all our efforts is the sense that every life has enormous value, and every unnecessary and avoidable death is a great tragedy. We wish to remember, finally, that health education is at its core an attempt to value these lives, and that a new order of health can be achieved to save these lives, which is our true goal and purpose.
 
 
 

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The aim of HETV is to establish and promote health educational programs that will provide rapid and long-term capacity-building to improve health and quality of life, and will give mothers and communities more control over their health status. Health gains associated with safe drinking water can be achieved by providing people with simple, affordable technologies, such as chlorination, filtration, solar disinfection and improved storage in their homes. Worldwide, surveys have shown that hand-washing alone reduces the instance of diarrhoea by as much as 43 percent.

Partnered with national and state governments, we work to assist in educating mothers and children, teachers and students, doctors and village health workers, and a variety of community leaders, in the targeted areas of health, water, hygiene, and sanitation.

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Poverty
Most poor children achieve less, exhibit more problem behaviours, and are less healthy than children raised in more-affluent families. Looking beyond these well-known correlations between poverty and negative outcomes in childhood, recent studies have assessed the effects of childhood poverty on later attainment and health. Experiencing poverty early in childhood may prove harmful later in life, and can be linked to adult outcomes such as earnings and work hours as well as obesity and other health conditions that impair productivity. The evidence suggests that prenatal and early childhood poverty have a substantial negative association with adult earnings, work hours, and certain health conditions, but not with behavioural outcomes such as out-of-wedlock childbearing and arrests.


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The information on our web site is for general purposes and knowledge only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment and should not be construed as definitive or binding. HETV cannot answer questions about specific medical conditions.

Because each person is medically different, we strongly recommend that you contact your personal physician for these specific medical questions and/or treatment. Patients and laypersons looking for guidance are strongly advised to review the information retrieved with their professional health care provider. However, we do review questions to help guide our priorities for ongoing content development.



 

 

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