Through its outreach program, community workers run awareness sessions and provide door-to-door services to the women of the community. The outreach team also runs awareness programs in clinics and schools where sessions are run for patients at health centers and parents of children in schools.
In 2013-14, RLCC’s outreach program continued to provide health education and life skills to the Shah Faisal Community under the slogan Ehsas-e-Zimadari. In 2013, RLCC broke previous records by spreading awareness to 24,638 registered community members. So far till June 2014 RLCC outreach workers have already given talks to 12,154 registered people.
To increase health awareness, the outreach department established 18 local clinics as centers to hold awareness talks in Shah Faisal Town in 2013. Talks were held on hygiene, TB, hepatitis and nutrition. Particular attention was given to breast cancer awareness. A considerable number of awareness programs have been conducted in RLCC as well and with the cooperation of Dr. Nabeela from Sanofi-Aventis, a program on diabetes was arranged with 100 community women attending. A fiber awareness program with the participation of 95 women was conducted in January 2013.
Greenstar conducted a TB awareness program in March and a breast self-examination demonstration was organized in RLCC in which 85 women participated.
Outreach also increased its school network to 116 schools and held talks with parents on topics including parenting, child sexual abuse, addiction, career counseling and adolescence. The RLCC School conducted a meeting with 60 school principals from government and private schools of the area, on continuing partnership with RLCC. In April 2013, school students were able to participate in a school health clinic at M.A. Grammar, Shah Faisal Town # 1 with the Cooperation of Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi (DUHS). 186 students were screened.
RLCC outreach programs have been running in Shah Faisal Town’s schools and clinics since 2011. We focus on topics such as Breast Cancer, Hepatitis, Diabetes and Child Sexual Abuse.
During one of the sessions the outreach staff identified a child who told them that her relatives were abusing her. She was only 7 years old and she had been quiet in class for some time. It was only when the session about body protection was held, that she spoke up.
The RLCC staff met with the girl’s parents explaining what had been happening and helped them to define a course of action. The staff also referred them to a psychiatric hospital for counseling and care. A few months later the young child had made tremendous improvement. She was happier and more active in the class. Her parents and teachers too were happy that the problem had been identified and that she had been referred to the right place for care.