DIR quickly recognised two key challenges related to child health in the bustee: many parents have little knowledge of basic nutrition and hygiene, and others are away from home for most of every day and so have little time to pass on what they do know.
To address this issue, DIR initiated a 'child-to-child' health programme. Each Health Promoter recruited 10 children from his/her area (160 children in total). Once per week, these teams meet for one hour after school. Sometimes the HPs pass on their newly acquired knowledge through educational games or cooking demonstrations.
But the aim is to make the after school programme fun, to keep attendance high. Thus, on ther days, the HPs simply encourage the children to play - without focusing attention on that fact that this is an important part of their physical, social and psychological development.