A source of deep concern for all of us at Earth Trust is the severe incidence of malnutrition locally. There is a high incidence of sickle-cell anemia amongst the Tribal population. In the future, post Covid scenario, it is absolutely vital that there is a focus & a new dynamic for local facilities and sustainability in all areas of life. Earth Trust recognises that women are the ‘keepers’ of family health and traditional knowledge. Capacity needs to be built NOW with local communities and at grass roots level.
· To empower rural women by teaching them to take responsibility for their health and through them, that of their families and communities.
· To inform them of various healing systems including traditional ones available.
· To be pro-active about their health instead of re-active.
· To build self confidence, to create bonds with the larger community of women in the villages.
· To reduce vulnerability arising out of malnutrition.
· To learn to address delicate issues of family dynamics which lead to stress-related diseases.
· To bring back traditional eating patterns that promote health.
· To document old herbal remedies and basic home medicines
· Conduct health camps for basic screening
· To encourage them to grow their own kitchen herbal & vegetable garden. The villages we work with are of farming communities so we take them for exposure visits -to organic farming fields where they gain awareness about farming practices, plants that promote health and herbal plants .
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