Health Information Centres


Health Information Centres (HICs) are an important part of the Young Health Programme in India.  These are physical sites within a community where YHP Programme Managers, peer educators, children, youth, parents and community health workers congregate.  They are equipped with resources and materials to support the health education and outreach activities of the peer educators and other staff and they often include things like health libraries and sports equipment.

In just one week, lots of activities take place in and around the HIC.
 

Day One:  Health Information Centres are a place where YHP Peer Educators deliver programming.  Peer Educators are young leaders who have been trained to share knowledge with their peers, and they often facilitate sessions at the HICs. These sessions vary from promoting a healthy lifestyle to informing them on children’s rights.  In these videos, Peer Educator Sanjana talks about the information that is available at the HIC and leads a yoga session.
 

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Day Two:  Peer Educator training is regular and inclusive/collaborative.  Before conducting sessions in their communities each Peer Educator receives training.  During this training, the Peer Educators learn about risk behaviours, such as tobacco and alcohol use, and they also acquire presentation and public speaking skills which can help them to share the knowledge with their peers.
 

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Day Three:  Once the Peer Educators finish their training, they go back to their communities to share their knowledge with their peers, families and community members. Peer Educators often work in groups and they also make home visits to reach the young people who are not going to school.
 

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Day Four:  The Peer Educators deliver interactive sessions in the HICs where young people can learn about their health in a playful and fun way.  In the video and photos below, Peer Educator Karan talks about the harmful effects of tobacco and children participate in a poster competition on the effects of alcohol and tobacco.
 


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Day Five: The Peer Educators often perform dances or plays in their communities. Street theatre is an effective communication tool for the YHP because it attracts the attention of a lot of community members and provides an excellent opportunity to spread messages and to engage with their peers and other community members.  Sometimes the streets can get quite crowded with spectators!  In these videos, young people perform in the streets.
 

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Day Six:  In addition to conducting home visits, Peer Educators and YHP coordinators sometimes gather groups together to discuss certain subjects. This can vary from discussing healthy diets to informing the group on how and where they can seek medical help should they need it. Through these groups young people learn about subjects which are sensitive and often not discussed in their families, such as sexual health. For example, information on menstrual hygiene or on the physical changes young people go through when they reach puberty is shared in a safe, group setting.
 

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Day Seven:  Physical inactivity is one of the risk factors for NCDs later in life. Especially in an urban context where sports are not always accessible, it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle. The YHP coordinators, together with the Peer Educators encourage young people to perform sports and to play games outside.  It’s fun! Children enjoy the learning process!
 


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