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Blindness Control Programme

COODU has conducted several eye camps periodically in several blocks of Coimbatore district in association with Aravind Eye Hospital. As a result of these camps, children are identified with eye disorders and referred to AEH for further treatment. Aged people are tested for cataract and blindness and also referred for free operations and spectacles. Through such camps, COODU has made the rural people aware of measures for healthy living.

Iodine Deficiency Programme

In association with the Field Publicity Office of Government of India, COODU has conducted Iodine Deficiency Awareness Campaign in all wards in Coimbatore city. This programme was done by involving all SHG members and Government of India staff.

CONDUCT OF MEDICAL CAMPS

  • Treated more than 3000 persons in various health camps
  • Health check up for heart diseases and cancer to a few thousands of people
  • Referred more than 2500 people to Government Hospitals for treatment of various diseases

TRAINING ON NATUROPATHY AND YOGA FOR WOMEN

Under the Department of Ayush Programme, the Organisation trained forty women SHG members mobilised from rural areas equipping them with knowledge and skill on naturopathy treatment and yogic sciences in Kalapatti Town Panchayat in the year 2002-2003.

HIV/ AIDS PREVENTION, CONTROL, CARE AND SUPPORT

HIV/ AIDS activities form an important component of development within COODU’s development framework. COODU has offered a wide range of services on the HIV/ AIDS continuum beginning with prevention efforts, moving over to referrals for treatment and diagnosis and currently provides care and support services through the TANSACS-supported COODU Community Care Centre for You (C4U). In Coimbatore district alone, COODU has undertaken a wide range of intervention efforts among different target groups that include students, teachers, government departments, and the general public. It has also conducted awareness campaigns and assisted in implementation of BSS among high risk behaviour groups such as truckers, commercial sex workers, IDUs, MSM, male and female industrial workers, slum populations and others. COODU has now embarked on providing Care and Support services through its 10-bedded facility for People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHAs) covering a wide spectrum of activities including basic services – food and nutrition, shelter; education services - treatment literacy and treatment adherence; psycho-social services - counselling and referrals; medical services – diagnosis and treatment for Opportunistic Infections and drugs/ medicines and referrals for Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART); recreational services – resource-cum-documentation centre for PLHA with facilities such as television, DVD, audio players and indoor games; bereavement services – assisting in funeral of PLHA; psychological support to PLHA and their families. The project focuses on reducing stigma and discrimination and enabling PLHA lead better quality lives through proper care and support. Focus is on Yoga. Medication and Psychological counselling for improving life span and reducing mental agony faced by PLHA. Among the project personnel appointed in COODU Community Care Centre, most of the staff are People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA), thus adhering to the principles of Greater Involvement of People with AIDS (GIPA). This indicates that PLHA are being empowered by COODU and integrated into planning and making decisions that have a direct influence on PLHA.