The Effect of Participatory School Health Promotion Model on Knowledge and Practices of Rural School Children of Wardha, MaharashtraIngole AN1*, Maliye CH2, Bharambe MS2, Mehendale AM2 and Garg BS2
- Corresponding Author:
- Ingole AN
Department of Community Medicine
RD Gardi Medical College and Research Centre
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Tel: 9423889135; 08657789735
Received Date: October 09, 2012; Accepted Date: October 26, 2012; Published Date: October 28, 2012
Citation: Ingole AN, Maliye CH, Bharambe MS, Mehendale AM, Garg BS, et al. (2012) The Effect of Participatory School Health Promotion Model on Knowledge and Practices of Rural School Children of Wardha, Maharashtra. J Community Med Health Educ 2:179. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000179
Copyright: © 2012 Ingole AN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Involvements of parents and teachers have a superior role in imparting health education to school children. In the present study, an attempt has been made to find out impact of the “school health promotion program” with involvement of parents, teachers and a health agency on personal hygiene and related morbidities for the first time among the rural schools of Wardha district. Material and methods: The study was undertaken in the three government and two private schools in RHTC, Bhidi, MGIMS. “School Health Education Program” with emphasis on improvement in personal hygiene and health related practices of school children was started. No sampling technique was applied for selection of students as all the students in the age group of 10-15 years were included. In August 2010, the baseline health check-up of 470 children and an end line assessment was carried out after one year in March 2011. The planned health education sessions were conducted once a week in the schools. Data was entered and analysed using Epi Info (version 6.04d) software package. Results: The knowledge among students and practices compared before and after imparting health education sessions using Z test for difference between two proportions revealed significant change. Conclusion: The school health promotion program with the active involvement of school teachers leads to improvement in personal hygiene in school children and reduction in related morbidities.