Online lessons for safer living
See below for lessons available in this language.
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Please note: Lessons marked with may not be suitable for young children and some audiences.
Dangers of Alcohol
Dangers of Alcohol
This DVD teaches that, although drinking alcohol is a common social activity, drinking too much and too often can cause serious harm to yourself and those around you. The viewer is taught the effect too much alcohol has on the body as it can slowly damage the different organs and can cause death. It is particularly dangerous for pregnant women to drink alcohol as it can have an effect on their unborn childs health. The lesson teaches the dangers of trying to drive, operate machinery and look after children under the influence of alcohol as it slows down reactions and can cause someone to put their own life or others lives in danger. The viewer is taught the dangers of how alcohol can change a persons behaviour and cause violence or depression. The lesson teaches to drink alcohol in moderation as it is expensive and harmful to your health and can cause harm to those around you.
Dangers of Smoking
Dangers of Smoking
This DVD teaches the dangers of smoking and the effects it can have on a persons health and the health of those around them. The lesson teaches how smoking can cause cancer, strokes and infertility. It also teaches the importance of not smoking when pregnant and around children as it can affect their health as well. The DVD encourages the viewer not to start smoking due to peer pressure and to avoid passive smoking. The viewer is encouraged to stop smoking and told how it can help reduce the risk of illness as well as allow them to have more money and lead a healthier lifestyle.
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.
This DVD teaches which foods are good for your health to enable the viewer to keep themselves and their family healthy. The lesson emphasises the importance of a mixed diet, as many people are reliant on maize or rice as their only food. The lesson covers the different food groups and how each one can provide the body with nutrients in order to keep it strong and protected as well as give a person energy. The viewer is also advised which foods to avoid, such as sweets and fizzy drinks, to help them maintain a healthy weight. The DVD teaches that small changes to a persons diet can make a difference and help protect them and their families from illness.
Looking After your Teeth
Looking After Your Teeth
This DVD teaches the importance of looking after your teeth to avoid getting infections or diseases.
This DVD teaches the importance of using safe water and how to obtain it. Unsafe water can be dangerous as it can cause illness and is particularly harmful to babies and young children. The lesson teaches the viewer to always get water from a clean, safe source such as a pipe or a pump, rather than an open pool. If they do not have access to a safe source the viewer is taught how to make their water safe by boiling it to kill off any germs. They are also shown a simple method of purifying water by letting it stand in a clear bottle or container in sunlight for a couple of days. The DVD teaches how to store water to ensure it stays safe and clean.