Health and Hygiene
Without being in good health, attending school and receiving an education, cannot happen. PPES is committed to providing all of our students with health care, to ensure that they are at their best in order to succeed in their schooling.
Since 2010, our students have brushed their teeth and washed their hands with soap daily at school. Handwashing has resulted in our girls being healthier, as well as reducing absenteeism. Over the past several years, doctors and dentists have visited the school. In 2012, a dentist commented that most of the girls teeth are in great shape, due to their toothbrushing.
In October 2012, PPES was proud to open their new Health Center, making our school the only school in the region to provide for the health needs of their students. The center is a bright, clean space, equipped with toilet, sink and shower that welcomes our sick and injured students. Girls with medical issues that are beyond the scope of being treated at the school are taken to doctors or hospitals, in Bulandsharar or Delhi.
In February, 2013, we were happy to have Elsa join us as our school nurse. Elsa has 28 years of medical experience, most recently working at a hospital in Delhi. Elsa makes village visits on Sundays, her only day off, to bring medical care to the villagers. She sees an average of 20 girls a day at the Health Center, as well as teaching Health and Hygiene to the students.
Dr. Charles Sheehan, and his wife Vicki, a nurse, returned to PPES in March from the US. They were very busy during their time there, providing medical care for the girls and villagers who came to the school, and assessing needs to build the health program. Their nephew, a dermatology medical student in the US, will be at the school in early 2014. More doctors are being recruited to visit the school, from India, as well as the US.
In June, 2013, International Medical Relief(from the US) brought 22 medical personnel to the school and village. This team saw over 2500 patients in six days of medical camps. The team was extremely busy caring for the villagers, along with a team of volunteers, including nursing students(some PPES graduates!), teachers and students from the school, and others who wanted to make this mission the great success. The team plans to return to the village in 2014.
A grant from Vitamin Angels now provides the students and villagers with Albendezole, for deworming. These pills are being distributed to villagers during the medical camps, and will continue to be distributed ever y six months. Vitamin A is being given to all children under age 5 to protect their eyesight. In 2014, multivitamins will be distributed to children and women in the village, made possible through the Vitamin Angels grant. PPES is committed to improving the health of students and staff at the school through checkups, eye exams, vaccinations, visiting doctors and dentists, and health and hygiene education. We need your financial support to make this happen!