042 Awareness on Health and Health Schemes through Kala Pathaks 

Ahmednagar 2023: Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra (BGVK) organized a Health Awareness Programme through "Kala Pathak" in Ahmednagar, Satara, Pune (MH), Pitampur, and Devas (MP) across 29 villages. A total of 7140 beneficiaries actively participated in these health awareness programs, conducted under the agies of the Rural Health & Nutrition Project, supported by the Cummins India Foundation.

Utilizing street plays or "Kala Pathaks" as a medium for Health Awareness proves to be an effective and engaging communication strategy. The incorporation of street plays and cultural troupes to disseminate information about health and related schemes harnesses the power of art, culture, and community involvement to effectively convey crucial information, making it more accessible and fostering positive change within communities.

The program commenced with a welcome note from Mr. Vilas Alhat (Staff - BGVK), where he provided insights into the 'Health & Nutrition' Project and its activities. Subsequently, the Kala Pathak team addressed various topics, including ICDS Schemes, Mid-day Meal, Poshan Saptah, Vaccination, Janani Suraksha Yojana, nutritious food, and more through their folk art.

All participants expressed sincere appreciation for this initiative, emphasizing its value in disseminating essential information and promoting community well-being.