Bella Healthcare provides education to women in their target areas on: oral rehydration salts (ORS), female reproductive anatomy, normal and abnormal vaginal discharge, birth control, anemia, back pain, menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene, menopause, antibiotic abuse, STI’s, HIV, first aid and nutrition. Our trained education specialists also sensitize women about infant and young child feeding (IYFC), safe delivery with JSY (Janani Suraksha Yojana) program under the NRHM (National Rural Health Mission) and domestic violence awareness under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act of 2005. We also provide our beneficiaries with IEC (Information Education Communication) materials through videos and handouts which improve retention of knowledge from health education classes. We have a health promotion manual that all of the educators use as a reference to teach the classes. To measure the effectiveness of the education we ask the participants pre-/post-test questions. We ask the participants the “pre” questions before the class to measure their baseline information and then ask the “post” questions after the class to ensure that the objectives of the class were met. This allows our team to evaluate the effectiveness of the education and endorse a more participatory learning environment.
We also track the number of classes the participants attend. After the participants attend 6 classes they receive a certificate and present from Bella Health. Since August, over 60 women completed their required 6 education classes. We had a small ceremony for these women. They received a Bella Health Education Achievement Certificate and a gift. Their gift was a digital thermometer that will come in handy in the villages.
To measure the effectiveness of the education we ask the participants pre-/post-test questions.
After the completion of the 6 education classes, we administer a survey to see what healthy behaviors have been adopted. These healthy behaviors can range from washing hands, adhering to medication schedules, and correct personal and menstrual hygiene. We evaluate the impact of the education classes by conducting focus groups and exit surveys.