Third Sector Awards 2018: Small Charity, Big Achiever - Children for Health

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Awarded to an organisation with an income of less than £500,000 a year that has made a significant impact with its work

Child-focused health education content
Child-focused health education content
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Award sponsored by MCM Net

What are its aims?

Children for Health promotes health education in developing countries, focusing on developing children as ambassadors and communicators of essential health messages in their communities. It works in partnership with governments and organisations such as Save the Children, providing and creating high-quality, locally relevant, child-focused health education content and activities. 

What is its approach?

Children for Health has created 100 messages for children aged eight to 13 to learn and share under ten heath topics, such as malaria and HIV. Each topic also includes suggested activities and games. The content is available for free on the charity’s website, which also includes downloadable materials such as posters, and distributed through partners such as the online platform World Reader. The charity’s 100 messages and activities for children have been translated into 18 Indian languages in partnership with HealthPhone and Translators Without Borders.

Why did it win?

Despite being a very small NGO, established for less than five years, Children for Health’s expertise has been harnessed by groups such as the World Health Organisation, which asked the charity to help with its non-communicable diseases programme. Children for Health has worked with Save the Children in India and Nigeria on the prevention and control of diarrhoea. In India this work currently takes place in 40 schools and is about to roll out to 600 more. In Lagos, Nigeria, the programme is active in 48 schools, reaching 1,410 children directly and 13,502 indirectly, with plans to adopt the approach state-wide. Work in Mozambique reaches 32,000 children.

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