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Social Mobilization of Boy Scouts


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Social Mobilization of Boy Scouts

 

Social Mobilisation of Boy Scouts

Educate and encourage young boys to be health conscious members of society, and to convey important health messages to their families and the community. The Boy Scouts will partner with the government of Maharashtra, attend school events and public fairs, organize rallies and fundraisers, create and distribute handouts.


 

Name: Social Mobilization of Boy Scouts
Status:
Theme: Targeting the Whole Community Region and Country: Maharashtra, India
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Programme Activities:
The scout movement and other youth organizations provide a potential army of infrastructure and willingness to do good works, already in place, that could be used to further the messages of rehydration and health education.  Promoting health education to the boy scouts, specifically relating to family and child care, could address at an early age the need for men to take greater responsibilities of caring for their children and families.

Scouts will be educated and become knowledgeable about the issues related to diarrhoeal disease and dehydration, and specifically ORT solutions. Scouts will be motivated, and empowered to organize a series of events to promote treatment procedures and educate the community.

Scouts will be advised to:

  1. Reach out to families:
    Each scout should adopt 5 families and bring the ORT message into these homes. With the help of their scout leader, they can select families in the neighbourhood who have young children, and explain to them what diarrhoea is, why dehydration is dangerous, what ORT is, how to prepare and use ORS Solution, why it is important to continue feeding during diarrhoea and how diarrhoea can be prevented with simple measures. During the 6 months that follow the scout should make periodic visits to these families and make sure that the messages are not forgotten.
     

  2. Organize a school event:
    ORT can be a part of one of the school functions or can be a special Scout event. Scouts can spread the message of ORT by organizing various activities.

  • A rally where they can speak about ORT or organize a march or sport event,

  • Contests: song, painting, and story writing with prizes for each one,

  • Debates on ORT,

  • A play/skit talking about ORT,

  • A puppet show,

  • Set-up an ORT stall/kiosk where scouts can determine how to prepare and use ORS solution, and distribute promotional materials.

  1. Set-up of an ORT Stall/Kiosk
    Inform people about ORT and promote its use, at school, at market places, at youth functions, and at fairs. Scouts can tell people about ORT, demonstrate how to prepare and use ORS solution, explain the 3 "F's" (fluids, feeding, fast referral), illustrate how diarrhoea can be prevented and also distribute promotional materials.
     

  2. Create and Distribute Promotional Materials:
    Scouts can utilize their creativity and commitment to ORT. In their own words they can communicate the message ORT by:

  • Making posters to publicize a school event or for the ORT stall/kiosk,

  • Making cards, pin-ups, and stickers,

  • Composing songs,

  • Creating scripts for plays/skits and puppet shows.

  1. Organize a Rally:
    A rally is an occasion to have fun. Scouts can communicate the ORT message as well as promote ORT use. The messages can be conveyed through different means:

  • Speeches where scouts can speak of ORT,

  • Marches, walkathons, or marathons for ORT,

  • Through celebration to mark scouts' achievement and distribute awards to those who have greatly contributed for ORT.

  1. Adopt a community:
    The entire troop adopt a community and bring ORT into every home therein. Grouped into small teams scouts should visit all the homes in the community, and explain diarrhoea and dehydration, the importance of ORT, how to use and prepare ORS solution, and how to prevent diarrhoea. Organize also a play/skit and a puppet show for kids, about ORT. At the end of the "campaign", organize a ceremony to celebrate your success. Scouts can:

  • Hoist a flag, or plant a symbolic item in the community.

During the 6 months that follow the "campaign" scouts should make periodic visits to the community to make sure that the messages are not forgotten.

Intended Results:
Mobilising the boy scouts of India to educate and encourage young boys to be health conscious members of society, and to convey important health messages to their families and the community will achieve two goals. The community, and specifically mothers, will become more knowledgeable about rehydration and health education. Secondly, young boys will be taught at an early age to become health conscious members of society.

Programme Management and Implementation:
The boy scouts will partner with the government of Maharashtra, and other necessary organizations to organize and implement the suggested health promotion and education activities.

Programme Monitoring and Evaluation:
The programme will be monitored and evaluated based on organization of activities, the success of their implementation, how frequently events are being held, accuracy of what is being taught and eventually about what people are learning and retaining. The programme will be revised and adapted as necessary.

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