IAP MEMS-Child Safety Module
Greetings from Central IAP!
Apart from being involved in the advocacy of child health and training of its members through continuing education, the IAP is also a charitable organization and is involved in community services directed towards the wellbeing of children of the country. Children are vulnerable to injuries, acute illnesses, and other emergencies. There are more than 220 million school-going children in our country. They spend one-third of their time out of the ‘safe environment’ of home at school that also includes transportation from home to school and back.
Parents are totally dependent on the preparedness of school authorities to provide emergent health care for their children. Despite regulatory directives, the schools are not uniformly equipped to handle medical emergencies.
Most of our IAP colleagues, somehow or the other, are involved with regional schools in conducting some health-related activity, be it preventive health, routine care of seasonal outbreaks, adolescent issues, depression, child sexual abuse, life skills, BLS training, NDD identification, and NCD or simple health camps. But these are conducted by individuals due to their own internal motivation. Despite so much of social work being done by all of you, it does not translate into any recognition in the society, barring a few regional media coverage (print or otherwise) that has a half-life of less than a day.
The IAP 2019 team led by Dr. Digant Shastri decided to provide a platform to our members which can be
used for the following objectives
1. Compile these activities at a central place
2. Establish a permanent channel between the district branches of IAP (we have more than 340)
with regional schools under one uniform banner of IAP MEMS.
3. Continue the work that we already are doing for school children and add up more IAP programs
4. Collect feedback and ground-level situations of schools and share them with Team Delhi IAP.
5. The school children would become familiar with the term ‘IAP’ that would become a common household name in times to come – a recognition by the common man!
6. Form IAP council for School Health.
7. In the long run, the council to formulate guidelines for the Healthy School Initiative of the IAP that can be forwarded to the competent authorities. With robust data collected by our members, IAP
would empower herself to give strong recommendations.
8. Develop an accreditation process for ‘IAP Accredited Healthy Schools’.
The process was made very simple
1. The project was named Medical Emergency Management Module for Child Safety in Schools or
‘MEMS-Child Safety’ and allotted to city branches under Action Plan 2019
2. The city branch OBs Gather school teachers and introduce the local IAP office and team.
3. They conduct a brief emergency management module for the gathering. A presentation, a
manual, a logo and feedback forms were designed by Delhi IAP with the IAP ALSBLS group.
4. Get invited by the schools for activities they want you to conduct for them at mutual convenience. Try to conduct one to two activities or more in a year, as desired by the school.