School Health Programme for Adolescents at Ameer Ahmed School 2011

NARRATIVE REPORT

This activity was held from 16:00 to 18:00 on the 26th and 27th of April 2011 for the students of grades 8, 9 and 10 in Ameer Ahmed School. Information was provided to the students on issues relating to Thalassaemia, Life skills and SRH, via Power Point Presentations, games and group discussions.

1.     Activity Details

  • Sessions and Participation

The sessions were carried out by dividing the students into 3 classes where each class provided information on different topics which were related to SRH, Thalassaemia Awareness or Life skills. The allocated time for each class was 60 minutes per session.

A total of 59 students participated in this activity. 29 students participated in the sessions held on 26th April and 30 students participated in the sessions held on 27th April.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

This class was facilitated by Dr. Mausooma and Aishath Rameela. Both the facilitators were staff of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Services of SHE. The topics covered in the sessions were based on SRH issues namely Smoking, Personal Hygiene and Nutrition. For easy understanding of students the facilitators used card games and display of real nutritious food in the class rooms.

On day two, due to the limited availability of time for carrying out all three topics, only two topics were covered. That is personal Hygiene and Smoking.

Psychosocial Counseling

This class was facilitated by 2 counselors Ms. Shiyama Anwar and Ms. Thoma Abdul Samad. The topics covered in the sessions included Peer Pressure and HIV/AIDS. Students were given the chance to do role plays and go through situations that enabled them to identify the cases in which they might endure peer pressure. They were also able to come up with solutions to evade going through such situations.

They were also provided information on HIV. This session included in brief what HIV is, the modes of transmission, myths and misconceptions as well as the preventive measures. To further enhance their knowledge gained through the sessions, the counselors conducted games as well.

Thalassaemia

The sessions were conducted with the use of Power Point Presentations by one of the staff from Thalassaemia laboratory and diagnostics department. Students were provided with information on what Thalassaemia was and information on the most common types of Thalassaemia in Maldives such as Alpha and Beta Thalassaemia.

It was explained to them that Thalassaemia is inherited from parents to their child. With the help of the power point presentation the students were able to understand what the chances are of inheriting different types of Thalassaemia as well as what type of genetically crossing can cause a child to be a Thalassaemia major or carrier.

They were given information on methods such as blood transfusion and the only permanent treatment for Thalassaemia- Bone Marrow Transplant; on the negative aspects of Thalassaemia, on how risky a Bone Marrow Transplant can be and how it may not be possible for most of the average families to afford such an expensive method of treatment.. Moreover, they were also informed that it is a fact that not all Bone Marrow Transplants can be successful as there is always a chance of transplant rejection.

The ways to diagnose Thalassaemia was also shown to the students. A simple blood test could help diagnose a person having Thalassaemia and also methods like DNA testing could also confirm of the Thalassaemia status of a person.

At the end of each session, every student was provided with a package of leaflets and other reading materials.

2.     Constraints

  • Only 29 students attended the session on day 1, and 30 students on day 2, which should have been 60 and 90 respectively.
  • As the sessions were conducted with only 59 students, the session did not go a as per the schedule.  Counseling department conducted the session only during the last hour on both days as there were not enough students to be distributed equally to all three classes.
  • SRH session did not have enough time as three topics could not be covered within the duration.

 3.     Recommendations/ Feedback

At the end of each session on both days, the students were requested to fill a feedback form to get their views on the sessions.

Topic

# of students who thought it was not useful

# of students who thought it was somewhat useful

# of students who thought it was very useful

Thalassaemia

7

10

42

HIV/AIDS

9

15

35

Peer Pressure

5

11

43

Smoking

2

20

37

Personal hygiene

5

5

47

Smoking

1

5

23

Nutrition

10

5

14

4.     Way Forward

It was seen in this activity that the use of Power Point Presentations and games in the sessions helped the students to obtain the information that is being provided more easily. It was also seen that the students found the sessions more interesting and got more committed to it when methods like these were used rather than group discussions

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No.

Detail

Allocated Budget in APB 2010 (MRF)

Estimated Budget (MRF)

Actual (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

IPPF

Other

1

Transportation

2000.00

140.00

145.00

00.00

00.00

-05.00

2

Refreshments

1500.00

210.00

180.00

00.00

00.00

30.00

3

Stationary

1000.00

200.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

200.00

4

Material Development

500.00

800.00

200.00

00.00

00.00

600.00

5

Miscellaneous

4000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

Total

9000.00

1350.00

525.00

00.00

00.00

825.00

 

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