Child Health Cooperative

Child Health Co-operative (CHC) which began in the year 1995 is a unique initiative and forms one of the main components of the Butterflies Health programme for street children where they discuss their health problems and chalk out strategies to combat health problems. The cooperative has regular workshops where the children deliberate on health issues and gain knowledge regarding various diseases which has instilled a sense of collective ownership and participation among them. The cooperative is based on the principle that children can collectively advocate for services. One of the key objectives of CHC is to promote safe and healthy living among children and communities.

Child Health Educators, one of the major components of CHC are promoters and grassroots health educators among their peers.  Every year, selected children undergo training which includes administering first aid, addressing minor health issues and hospital visits to understand the functioning of hospitals.

The mission of the Child Health Cooperative is to educate a child on the importance of safe and healthy living which would help them to stay healthy and reduce their vulnerability to preventable illnesses, thereby saving them from medical expenses and further economic distress.

In New Delhi, India, Butterflies also runs a curative component of CHC which includes a well equipped mobile health van with a doctor and nurse visiting all contact points on a weekly basis to provide medical treatment to children in need. The Butterflies Health Post is a treatment cum recovery centre for children with serious medical problems. Children brought to the health post are provided nutritious food meeting specific dietary requirements followed by hospital visits for repeat checkups.  

As of March 2016, CHC is operational in eight countries across the world and in ten states of India with a total membership of 8,688 children.    

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