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This lesson teaches the viewer about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.
Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash your hands frequentlyRegularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancingMaintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouthWhy? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care earlyStay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
The HIV/AIDS DVD is our general overview lesson on this important subject. It informs the viewer of the seriousness of the HIV virus and the ways in which it is spread. Although it is incurable, it is important to stop the spread of HIV through education and prevention. The viewer is shown ways of doing this, such as the use of contraception and the sterilising of razors and syringes. The DVD helps to break down some of the common misconceptions about HIV and AIDS, in particular how it can and cannot be passed on. One of the points the viewer is taught is the importance of informing their children about HIV and AIDS. Children are just as much at risk as adults, especially unborn babies, who can contract the virus from their mothers. Education and information are vital in stopping the spread of this very serious disease.
This lesson was produced in response to the 2014 outbreak in West Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo. It aims to give people key facts about the Ebola virus so that they can be alert to the risk without living in fear. “Avoiding Ebola” focuses on four key areas. It begins by teaching how Ebola is transmitted and how to protect yourself and others from catching the virus, teaching about the importance of good hygiene and also about the incubation period of the virus. Then, the viewer learns how to look after somebody who has Ebola as safely as possible, especially if they are unable to get to a proper treatment centre. It then teaches the safest way to bury someone who has died from Ebola, explaining that touching the body is particularly dangerous, and how to disinfect afterwards. Finally, it covers the importance of welcoming survivors back into the community as they are no longer a risk and have a unique role to play in caring for others. This lesson aims to counter harmful rumours about Ebola that can damage efforts to control the spread of the virus, and provide people with the information they need.
This DVD raises awareness of the dangers of cholera, which if left untreated can be deadly. The DVD teaches the causes of cholera and how to treat it, as well as advice on how to prevent it. Cholera is caused by germs and can spread through communities quickly. It is important that someone with cholera drinks plenty of clean liquids and does not contaminate food or water, which would allow the illness to spread. The viewer is taught the symptoms of the illness such as diarrhoea and dehydration so they can identify it as quickly as possible and get the medical help that they need. Cholera can also be treated at home; the DVD teaches how to make a simple rehydration mixture using water, sugar and salt. Prevention is very important and the viewer is taught four simple steps that can reduce the risk of them getting the illness.
Avoiding Malaria raises awareness of the dangers of malaria and the shocking fact that many die from it every year. With immediate treatment and more information, lives could be saved. The disease can affect anyone, with pregnant women and children most at risk. The DVD covers the causes and symptoms of malaria and when people are most at risk of getting it. The DVD also informs the viewer on how to prevent malaria, emphasising the importance of bed nets and insecticides. The prevention of mosquitoes breeding can also drastically reduce cases of malaria. The DVD gives vital and informative information on how to prevent malaria, as well as how to recognise the symptoms of it and what to do if you or someone you know contracts it.
The Diarrhoea DVD raises awareness of the seriousness of the illness, which results in many childrens deaths each year. The viewer is taught the dangers of germs and how vitally important toilet hygiene and washing hands with soap and water is in preventing the spread of germs. Diarrhoea is particularly dangerous for children as they lose water quicker than adults and without proper care diarrhoea can lead to other illnesses such as malnutrition. The DVD is a useful guide for parents to help prevent their child from getting diarrhoea and how to treat them if they do. The viewer is taught the importance in keeping their childs fluid levels up by extra breastfeeding if they are young enough, or providing them with lots of clean drinking water. The DVD focuses on how to make a simple rehydration mixture, which can be fed to a child. The viewer is taught the quantities of the mixture and how much and for how long the mixture should be given depending on the childs age. The lesson advises the viewer to take their child to a health clinic if symptoms persist or get worse.
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure
This DVD raises awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure and how it can cause strokes and heart attacks. The viewer is taught how blood pressure is measured and the average measurement for a healthy adult. The viewer is encouraged to find out if they have high blood pressure and taught how important is to take immediate action to lower it. The lesson teaches how to lower blood pressure by exercising and eating healthily and it gives advice on the best ways to do this. If necessary medicines can also help lower blood pressure, as without treatment high blood pressure can cause damage to other areas of the body.