At the East Meets West: Bridge the Gap for Children, school children from Hull, UK, presented some of their work from being involved in the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools (IMPS). The HERD Foundation is working with the UK IMPS programme to set up a similar project in India.
The overall objectives of I.M.P.S. are to provide children with the knowledge and skills that will influence their attitude and behaviour in relation to injury minimization. In the short-term, the aim is to provide children with the skills to enable them to act promptly to save life, prevent disability and to help others appropriately. The long-term aim is to reduce the number of incidents of injury. The concept of I.M.P.S. is one of linking the know-how for accident prevention to the core curriculum, and then giving it credibility by experiential learning within a healthcare environment.
I.M.P.S. is designed as a three-stage programme:
i) The core element of the programme delivered to schools, supported through teaching of resuscitation theory within science lessons by the pupils’ own teachers.
ii) The second stage of the I.M.P.S. programme is delivered in a hospital environment and involves
- A guided tour of the local Accident and Emergency department: Children are taught the principles of emergency life support through practical activities and role-play scenarios.
- Instruction in First Aid and Injury Minimization wherein children are taught the principles of first aid and injury minimization.
iii) Follow-up by I.M.P.S. when children are provided with follow-up work by the I.M.P.S. team to consolidate and build upon what has been learned.
‘A Safer Tomorrow’ – Documentary on IMPS
To increase awareness on injuries in children the following documentary titled ‘ A Safer Tomorrow’ highlights the problem, its causes and the effects of such injuries. The documentary also emphasizes the surroundings of children of different economic backgrounds within the same country; and how it affects their growth.
We are currently looking for partners, philanthropists and donors to take this programme forward. Please contact us if you think this is a cause you would like to contribute to.
The department was established at VSPM Health Sciences Institute for furthering the quality of Education & Training of students and teachers. Every month two to three activities were organised, focusing on raising awareness to new approaches in learning like Problem Based Learning, the importance of EQ, etc. Acitivities also included organising seminars on certain themes to promote more research and learning.
For HERD, it was a proud moment when its vision of combining social entrepreneurship with rural sustainability found fruition in Bindu. Bindu had been making dolls since 2003; she started by experimenting with POP left over from a home renovation and grew into an undying passion. With no formal training but sheer determination and love for what she did, she mastered the art of doll making and now teaches young girls from poor families, providing them with employment opportunities through this craft. HERD Foundation mentored Bindu and helped establish and grow her SME.
The dolls are made using cloth & POP. Old clothes collected through donations are washed and cut up to be used as filling. The dolls are decorated with pretty clothes and jewelry, all designed and hand-made by Bindu and her students and adorned with beautiful faces with individual expressions painted by Bindu.
Medical science has advanced over generations. There are some basic principles of survival and safety that can be learnt and used by non-medically trained individuals to provide immediate support to a patient until medical help arrives.
In more developed nations, BLS is quite commonly taught to non-medically trained individuals. In India however despite its need, due to limited access to immediate emergency care, BLS is not commonly available for non-medical individuals.
HERD Foundation organized a BLS course for a group of Non-Medics from the Institute of Engineers, Rotary Club Bapu Nagar and Rotary Club Mid Town, Jaipur on the 23rd of February 2009. A BLS algorithm was given to all participants as a ready reference.
Dr Ravi Tongia
Head Dept. of Cardiology – Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur
Dr Suchika Gupta
Managing Director HERD, Surgeon and ALS Trainer
Dr Akhil Aggarwal
Clinical Associate Dept. of Anaesthesia – Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur
Dr Tongia delivered a lecture about Cardiac Diseases, Risk Factors, Prevention and Importance of Bystander CPR – ‘Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’