|Comedy Play with Environmental Theme
The Geheina Cultural Centre wrote a comedy environmental play based on issues identified by the hospital staff and Ra’idat. The humorous and light hearted approach was centered on a married couple who wanted to divorce because of dirty habits and lack of concern for environmental and health issues. The play was performed at the hospital by local youth and was well received by the audience. At the end, the Ra’idat moved among the audience to generate a discussion on the main themes and lessons learnt from the play.
The play has since been performed in three other villages, with sponsorship from the Ministry of Culture, and has appeared twice on regional TV (Channel 8). The theatre group now does the discussion and interviews with the audience after the performance.
Segregation of Hospital Waste
The need for improved safe handling, segregation and disposal of hospital waste were discussed with the Directorate of Health, hospital staff and local council workers. The Geheina Hospital was subsequently linked to the Hospital Waste Management Programme of the Technical Co-operation Office for the Environment (Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency).
Community participation, focus group discussions and awareness raising was an integral part of the project. Views were sought from a cross section of key stakeholders from the beginning which helped in prioritising the sanitary problems and in the design of the awareness-raising programme.
Hospital management and staff together with the Sohag Directorate of Health and the Ra’idat played a significant role in project implementation, designing and undertaking community training and awareness-raising.
The head of the Geheina Local Council was very supportive throughout the project. He facilitated a number of awareness meetings, as well as gaining the involvement of the local Cultural Centre, Family Planning Unit and council workers.
Community residents were involved in meetings, awareness raising and clean-up campaigns.
Environmental play developed by Geheina Cultural Centre
SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICABILITY ISSUES
Throughout the project the hospitals were responsible for all operating costs. Hospital staff, health promoters, the local Cultural Centre and local youths have contributed considerably in labour and time to awareness-raising. The Ministry of Culture sponsored subsequent performances of the environmental awareness play in other areas. The Sohag Directorate of Health is using the awareness materials in replicating similar activities in other parts of the Governorate.