Stop TB Partnership

UDAAN 2015: TB awareness for slum children- A collaborative effort by Operation ASHA & AIESEC

27 July 2015 - Delhi, India - Operation ASHA in collaboration with AIESEC, Delhi University organised Udaan 2015 on Saturday 25th July, at the University Conference Hall, Delhi University. This is the first in a series of events organised by Operation ASHA to facilitate the engagement of a broader constituency of stakeholders with the problem of Tuberculosis which has major public health, social and economic ramifications in India and around the world.

"In a world where 3 million TB patients go missing annually, raising awareness about TB is an immediate need," says Dr Shelly Batra, President & Co Founder Operation ASHA. Keeping this in mind, Operation ASHA utilized this platform to reach out to 300 underpriviliged children from the slums of New Delhi, and imparted awareness about Tuberculosis through a short video film, discussions, question & answer sessions, and also by hosting an interactive pictorial quiz for the children.

The event was attended by multiple stakeholders including students and faculty of Delhi University, parents and communities, members of the press, AIESEC's corporate clients as well as NGOs like Teach for India and CRY.

The objective of Udaan is to add joy and happiness in the lives of underprivileged children, and to make learning fun. Children participate in this event with great enthusiasm and take back fond memories of a day well spend in the company of many other kids like them. This year's celebrations started with an ice-breaker- a traditional jive dance to Bollywood tunes. Different activities like choreographed dances, poem recitation, painting competition, in-promptu singing etc. were held to engage the children. Operation ASHA fully utilized this opportunity to reach out to these children and educate them on TB. First, a short film on TB was shown to the audience, which generated a lot of interest. There were many questions about TB which were answered by Operation ASHAs communication team. The children were given plenty of relevant information on TB in a simple and effective manner, thus dispelling the myths and any misconceptions they might have. Finally, Operation ASHA hosted an interactive pictorial quiz. All of the older kids participated in the quiz. We found exciting results: more than 40% of the children answered 80% of the quiz questions correctly. 2 boys got all most answers correct and were announced as winners.

"It is heartening that AISEC has joined hands with Operation ASHA in its fight against TB. AIESEC, the largest youth-led organisation in the world, with 70,000 active members, can play a stellar role in TB awareness in the 126 countries where it has its presence." says Dr Batra, who has dedicated her life to TB elimination.

Dance performance by kids on "India" as a theme

Dance performance by kids on "India" as a theme

Kids posing for the camera while enjoying the celebrations