I am working with NGO MAMTA for healthrise program supported by ABT associates and funded by Medtronic philanthropy.Through SALT and CLCP we are trying to motivate patients to respond to hypertension and diabetes. I saw the following changes after CLCP in Patient Support in Bagain.
Medication and life style change in patients
I work with 10 patients in this village. I notice remarkable results in at least 7 patients. They used to get check up after 6 months, did not eat medicine regularly. But now they are serious about regular medicine and also every 2 months go for health check up.
Vegetable gardens for salad veggies
I have seen three patients who have set up vegetable gardens in their homes to grow vegetables for salad like tomatoes, cucumber an radish
Yoga and exercise
As part of action plan 3-4 patients regularly exercise and do yoga at home. They said, 'we liked your meeting. we realised its important for us, we had to do something."
Devdhar trees for clean environment
People in Himachal do not like to plant devdaar trees in their homes because they are big trees and have a lot of shadow. As people tend to grow apple trees, the shadow by deodhars can hamper growth of apple trees. However patient Kaushalya when she went back home after dream building planted two devdaar. "When I went home, I felt I had to do this for a better environment for healthy living."
My learning as a facilitator
- Speak less, listen more. Have patience, the community members might get angry, or are busy in their own lives. Results will come, continue to work persistently and consistently