557: The use of scavenger hunt as a resource for children health education

W. Poton, M. Alves, M. Carvalho, A. Szpilman
Medical School Department, Vila Velha University, Vila Velha, Brazil
Introduction: Through a situational diagnosis, the main problem identified by the students was the garbage accumulation in the district streets and ground, which was a public health risk for diseases transmission to the community, especially dengue and leptospirosis.
Objective: To realize a health education action, with 100 children and their parents in a district of Vila Velha, Brazil, to approach the streets garbage issue, directing and encouraging the children, in a ludic way, about the importance of keeping a clean environment.
Methods: The action was developed by the Medical School students, in 2010, with the Family Health Team and the community. The event was called “A day in the village”. The children, who participated in this event, had to take a pet bottle, which were posteriorly donated to recycling. The theatre, “The village is duty”, was presented, with the garbage as the main theme. After the theatre, a scavenger hunt was realized with a lot of children’s games.
Results: There was an active participation of the community, with a great awareness of the importance of keeping the district clean in order to avoid diseases, like dengue and leptospirosis.
Conclusion: The children showed interest to the education model used, and demonstrated knowledge about the consequences on accumulation of garbage and diseases transmission. It was reported that the community increased the concern with the presence of garbage in the streets and with the correct disposable place for it.

Disclosure: No conflict of interest declared