Health is a state of complete physical, social, and mental well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Within the context of health promotion, health has been considered less as an abstract state and more as a means to an end, which can be expressed, in functional terms as a resource for everyday life. It is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities. KSSS initiated different programmes in the health sector with our focus mainly on the prevention of diseases, awareness creation, promotion of holistic health, and rehabilitation. KSSS is also a pioneer in Community Based Rehabilitation program for the physically challenged which began in the year 2007 with the support ofAnderi Hilfe-Bonn,Germanyand the CBR forum. Other health programs:
Santhwanam 2008 aims at cancer awareness and provides cancer screening tests with the assistance of professionals from theMedicalCollege at Kottayam. Besides the free medical camps, the program also provides cancer immunology information classes at the village level and training for the field staff.
Senior Ayurveda Medical Camp
With the participation ofKarithasAyurvedaHospital, KSSS has been conducting Ayurveda Medical Camps at the regional level for the Senior Group members. Free distribution of medicines free medical check ups are provided at these camps.
With the cooperation of the Indian Dental Association Kottayam, KSSS is conducting Dental Camps in the villages as a health programme. The services provided in the dental camps are: cleaning, dental check ups, and filling dental cavities.
EYE CHECK-UP CAMP
Eyes are priceless – eye protection is cheap
Eye is an important organ and people must pay attention to keeping it in good condition. Keeping this in mind KSSS in association with the Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, Kerala organized Eye Check-up Camps with the aim of detecting Cataract. These camps were organized at the regional level. During the camps 96 members were found with cataract problems from 80 villages and 63 members underwent free-surgery for cataract.
Homeo Medical Camp was conducted in collaboration withKurichyNSSAthuraashramamHomeoMedicalCollegewhere in free services under the guidance of 16 proficient doctors. Lessons were imparted on Maternal and Child Health issues. Homeo medical camp was successfully conducted at Arthootimangalam, Punnathara, Koodallooor, Kurumulloor, Old Kallara, and Kaipuzha villages. Approximately 1200 members participated in all.
THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL
KSSS in association with Agape Movement, Chicago, has made a remarkable intervention through the Agape Family Renewal Project. The project which was inaugurated by Revenue Minister Sri. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on August 21st envisages the making of a society free from the bondages of alcohol. The project activities comprise awareness seminars, free-medical camps, counseling services, rehabilitation services etc. and in its initial phase shall be confined within the Kidangoor village. Various dignitaries present during the inaugural function included the Bishop of the Chicago Diocese, Mar Jacob Angadiath; Bishop of the Miav Diocese, Rev. Mar George Palliparambil and the Auxiliary Bishop of Kottayam, Mar Joseph Pandarasseril.
CONSCIOUSNESS ON IMPACT OF TOBACCO
As per an article in the Hindu Newspaper on May 30, 2012 “Understanding the tobacco industry’s practices is crucial for the success of tobacco control policies. In this context, it’s important also to understand that tobacco products are the only legally available products that can kill up to one half of their regular users if consumed as recommended by the manufacturer.” Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death, estimated to kill more than five million people each year worldwide.
SAY NO TO DRUGS!
Under the guidance of KSSS, awareness class on impact of Drugs was taken for Uzhavoor region on June 25th for the smart group children. Seminar was taken on ill-effects of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. The class was attended by 139 students.
‘My Healthy Family’
CENTENARY INTEGRAL INSURANCE SCHEME
Health insurance is insurance against the risk of incurring medical expenses among individuals. KSSS had initiated the ‘My Healthy Family’ Insurance Scheme in collaboration with National Insurance Company Ltd. in the context of the Centenary of the Kottayam Archeparchy. A total of 7269 families were insured under the programme and an amount of Rs. 75,30, 314/- was given as claims to 1677 families.
A CASE STUDY
MY HEALTHY FAMILY SCHEME
Along with inculcating the insurance culture, this scheme acts as a small relief to the health issues and accidents occurring in daily life of the villagers. It was this vision that motivated KSSS to promote the scheme. This scheme has acted as an aid to Elsamma James of Apacheril house, Mattekara village. Elsamma James’ husband who was the daily breadwinner died in an auto accident. As per the scheme if the breadwinner passes away within the insurance period, the family would receive an amount of 25,000/- as claim. Elsamma James received this amount from the Archbishop of Kottayam, Mar Mathew Moolakkatt
BLOOD DONATION WING
Donate Blood “Don’t waste it”
Blood, it is a gift we all have inside of us to give to those who are injured, sick, or in need. KSSS makes people aware of the importance of Blood Donation and that through this noble act; they could potentially save precious lives. Keeping this aim in mind KSSS formed Blood Donation Armies at the village level. As per Database Statistics in 2011-12 at the central level 3327 people have become part of this Blood Donation Wing.
Remember: “Your blood could save a baby, a child, a mother, a father, a grandfather, a grandmother”