Master of Social Works students from Center for Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has successfully completed their 20 days of internship at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Kochi. As part of the curriculum, students are required to undergo periodic training in each semester aimed to develop their social work attitude, #skill, and knowledge in the various fields of application. Student trainees were assigned with 20 days of internship in a community and medical setting functioning under the AIMS hospital with direct supervision of two faculty members and the professional social workers from the community health centre.The community medical setting namely Amrita Community Health Training Centre, Njarackal in Kochi, provides free medical services to people living in the Vyipin Island. On the day of arrival, Dr. ChitraTomy, Asst.Professor, and Department of community medicine, AIMS and the Administrative Medical officer of the CHC organized an orientation session.
MSW students participated in the #CARE (Cancer Awareness and Rehabilitation for Everyone) project during their internship with Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Kochi. The project objectives include cancer screening, early diagnosis, and treatment. The goal of the project is to make Vypin block panchayat as a block with zero cancer occurrence.
Students were given an orientation about the project by Mrs. Tinu K Narayanan, Social Worker, AIMS. A CARE Camp is being regularly conducted in every Tuesday and Fridays with the participation of a large number of people. Women in the age group of 35 to 60 and men between 50 and 60 are allowed to register in the camp for cancer care services from the #CHC. Approximately 50 to 60 people attended the camp which is organized on basis of each ward in the area of Vypin block panchayat.
Student trainees actively participated in organizing the camps and they were assigned with different roles including registration, data collection, and data entry by using an Enemuro app. They also assisted in Blood sample collection and scanning processes. Almost four CARE camps and more than 250 cases were attended during the period of internship. Studentk trainees were provided with #tablets for data entry which was collected through surveys conducted earlier from selected areas of the block panchayat. Enumero app is used for comprehensive data entry by the students. Around 600 individual data were updated in the app under the direction of the concerned department of the CHC. This task was completed in three days and this exercise has given immense experience for the student trainees in dealing with data entry of survey research.
MSW students from Center for Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham were actively involved in the Mega Medical Camp organized by Kodungallur Taluk Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank in collaboration with Rotary Club of Kochi and Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Kochi on 14th October2018.
Our student interns were assigned various tasks under General Medicine, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Dental, Telemedicine , Cardiology and Pediatrics to support the medical professionals and community people. The student's role was mainly assisting the respective medical practitioner by giving the translation of communication between patients and doctor, along with supporting the patients in attending respective specialties, providing Psychosocial Care, telemedicine, blood-glucose monitoring and follow up.
Vypin island in Ernakulam district is one of the places affected by recent Kerala floods, August 2018. For a research study in the flood-affected areas of Vypin islands, our MSW students spent three days for data collection and interview of households. All the trainees were divided into 10 groups and were allotted different households for data collection in the areas of Ayyapally and Kuzhipally, two areas moderately affected by flood and Paravoor area which was seriously affected. The trainees have collected data from 90 households and the trainees for data collection interviewed nearly 180 respondents.
Students got an opportunity to visit and interact with people in Old age homes, ICDS-Anganavadis, and Public Health Centers in Kochi.Amrita Urban Community Centre- Geriatric Club and MSW faculty and students organized a visit to Amrita Urban Health Centre, Kaloor, Kochi on 11th October facilitated by Mr. Manoj, the senior caretaker. Geriatric Club has elderly active participants from the nearby locality and few fun activities were also organized as part of the visit. Another visit was arranged to the 'SnehatheeramOldage home' to understand the real-life situations of old age population in Kerala. The trainees conducted focus group discussions, group work, and cultural activities in the old age home. The purpose of the #ICDS- Anganvady visit was to understand the functioning of the Integrated Child Development Services scheme through the Anganvadies for children, adolescent girls, and lactating mothers. The student trainees also visited a Public Health Centre at Elakunnapuzha to understand the structure and functioning of #PHC the primary level health care system in the state.
WorldMentalHealthDay is a day for global mental health #education, awareness, and advocacy against socialstigma. This year theme is 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World'. On the occasion of world mental health day, social work students from the Center for Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham staged a street play in front of the people gathered at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center and at the old age homes and public schools they visited during their internship with AIMS hospital, Kochi. The theme of the play was mental health issues of different section of people and the role of social worker in improving positive mental health.Dr. Devarajan, Officer in charge for Outreach programs, AIMS hospital conducted an interactive session on National Health Programmes on physical and mental health, epidemiology, indicators of health, incidence and prevalence, and hierarchy of health care service system in India.