Community Newsletter April 2019

Dear Friends of Children for Health,

I’m very pleased to be connecting with you all this Spring. Uppermost in our thoughts are those friends and colleagues affected by the floods in Mozambique – especially in Tete and relatives of those in Tete who live in Beira. We put together a post on how children can use the sun’s rays to make water safer to drink for their family, take a look now.

Here are some highlights of our work since our annual round-up newsletter sent at the end of 2108.

A BUSY Digital Hub

Our role as a Global Knowledge Hub for health education content and activities is developing well. In December we recorded 5,195 downloads in 6 months in a total of 105 countries! But in the first three months of this year the number of downloads have almost DOUBLED. We can report that our materials have now been downloaded in 126 countries and 9,818 times.

Just for fun… here is a list of countries we have reached: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Belarus, Benin, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Czechia, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Denmark, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Haiti, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe!

  • 3,160 downloads in the USA
  • 1,854 downloads in the UK
  • Between 500 and 1000 downloads in France, Germany and India
  • Between 100 and 400 downloads in Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa and Sudan
  • Between 30 and 100 downloads in Australia, E Timor, Ethiopia, Finland, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand.

You may remember that in September 2018 we won a Third Sector Award in the category – Small Charity Big Achiever!  The sponsor of the award was a digital marketing agency MCMnet. Since the beginning of this year they have been helping us become more efficient with our digital reach. So with their help, we are hoping that our numbers and impact will grow and grow.

If you don’t know what the fuss is about yet and you’d like to take a look at our free resources click this link!

Content and Activities in Many Languages 

We now have our 100 health messages for children to learn and share plus activities in 14 languages on the website here. We are still (if rather slowly), turning these files into downloadable PDF booklets! Meanwhile we feature sets of messages with links to all the languages. Have a look at this page with our Malaria Messages and links to all the messages and activities in 14 languages.

Children for Health’s Impact in India

We are delighted to hear about the amazing impact the Save the Children program is having in India. The materials we developed were translated into Hindi and together are known rather charmingly as, ‘Clare’s Module’. The materials are being used by 405 Community Based Children’s Health Clubs and reaching 122,640 children! Find out more here.

Children for Health in Cambodia

In December 2018, I visited Kampong Cham in Cambodia to work with the Save the Children team there on designing a nutrition education programme that would meet the needs of families in Kampong Cham Province and to do it in such a way that the children themselves could become nutrition activists in their families and communities. Save the Children wanted us to focus on work with older children and it was great fun meeting 60+ adolescents in a local high school as part of our workshop. Read more here.

Eye Health

We are currently deeply involved in an eye health project with Peek Vision and their work on Eye Health. We didn’t go to Zimbabwe as planned this January but instead we are involved with co-creating eye health messages, posters and scripts for educators to use with children across their global programmes. It is a new area for us and fascinating to be exploring this new topic.

We are developing a new classroom health behaviour development model, The Rainbow Circle, as part of this project and we should have news of this in our next newsletter. We are keen to have it tested as a whole in the field before making it more generally available but do lets us know if you are interested in testing it. The aim of the Rainbow Circle is to enable children to investigate opportunities and solutions linked to health issues of concern to them and to plan ways to make improvements at a personal and family level. We are hoping to make this model adaptable for any country or context and work with any health issue!

Working with the World Health Organisation

In late February, Sarah Newton and I were pleased to be invited to work with the WHO’s Health Promotion Unit. We explored ways in which young people aged 10-19 in urban out-of-school settings could become engaged in a health and life skills programme as part of initiative driven by local governments/ municipalities. Our work to position this initiative within the WHO’s crest priorities is on-going.

Sarah and Clare Blog Partners 

Sarah Newton and I have started to write together. Take a look at the two articles we have completed so far by clicking the links below.

In other news on the blog…

Thank You

Thanks always to our wonderful Trustees: Madeleine, Tobias, Shelley and Anise and to Amy for your ongoing work on the blog and the website and to Sarah for your incredible patience and support as we have grown our work together.

Clare Hanbury
CEO, Children for Health

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