Educating for better health

Narsimpalli students Chandana, Chitra and Narayanaswamy meet with villager Lakshmi and her granddaughter during a polio vaccine drive

Six Narsimpalli students are helping eradicate polio.

As part of India’s Pulse Polio program, health workers are administering the vaccine to children under 5. Such vaccinations have greatly improved the lives of children in India: last year, the country reported only one case of wild poliovirus, compared to 150,000 cases in 1985.

From February to April, aganwadi and state health officials are administering drops in Narsimpalli village. Prior to their visit, Narsimpalli 6th class students went door-to-door to advise parents of the importance of the vaccine. The virus can lead to paralysis.

Narsimpalli students have previously educated villagers about health problems caused by drinking, smoking and chewing tobacco.

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