The State Government launched a massive Deworming drive alongside the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) campaign on 15th October 2012. The drive aims to reach out to nearly 16 million students across schools and Anganwadi Centres and free them off worm infections that can potentially impair physical development and limit learning abilities. While preventive behaviours like washing hands and use of toilets are already being promoted to check spread of disease through oral and faecal contamination, the combined GHD-deworming drive focuses on strengthening curative provisions to treat stomach infections among school going children.
Other activities included:
Capacity building of partners- State Training of Trainers (ToT), district ToTs, training of at least one teacher form all 73,000 schools and also of all 55,000 pre-school centres. IEC materials also shared with all these centres.
School based preparatory activities for the deworming day including:
- Teachers interaction with children during prayer sessions on hygiene
- Regular promotion of handwashing before midday meal, and toilet use
- Community outreach activities