Government School Children Screening
Global Focus on Screening
According to World Health Organization, an effective school health program can be one of the most cost-effective investments a nation can make to simultaneously improve education and health . WHO promotes school health program as a strategic means to prevent important health risks among children and to engage the education sector in efforts to change the behavioral, educational, socio-economic conditions that affect risk.
Divine Child Health Program- School Health Screening was launched in 2013 in Raipur. It is a comprehensive early detection and screening program for rural children based on Government of India’s Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). The four areas of focus of the School Children Screening include
- Defects at birth
- Developmental Delay and Disability
The benefits of this early screening Program are timely intervention, referral and management of the identified conditions, thus providing socio-economic health relief to the child and its family, eventually leading to a healthy nation and improved quality of life.
Our Presence: Palwal District Haryana, Atal Nagar District in Chattisgarh and Chikkaballapur District of Karnataka.
Total Number of Children Screened So Far-
Kharghar, Navi Mumbai- 8800
Atal Nagar- 18500
Collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University for Health Sciences
Government School Children Screening in Karnataka is being done in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University for Health Sciences, Bangalore. More than 35 Final Year Interns of the various Medical colleges affiliated with RGUHS participate in the school children screening programme twice a month as part of their Community Medicine posting. Every month close to 5000 children are screened in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka over a period of 6 days. This also gives the medical interns an exposure to understand healthcare delivery system in rural india.
Technological Innovation for Child Screening
DMCHP has collaborated with HD Medical Group, USA for screening children for congenital heart diseases in rural India through an innovative device called HD- Steth which is a breakthrough invention to detect heart murmurs through a ECG enabled stethoscope. It helps in real time visualization of cardiac waveforms on a Bluetooth connected Tablet.
Divine Mother and Child Health Programme intends to screen close to 1 lakh school children by 2020 for congenital heart diseases through this device.