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Child Health Co-operative (CHC) is a unique initiative facilitated by Butterflies, Delhi in the year 1995. In 2013 along with CDK added this essential component in program. One of the key objectives of CHC is to promote safe and healthy living among children and communities. The cooperative has regular workshops where the children deliberate on health, nutrition and environment issues and gain knowledge regarding prevention of diseases and the importance of nutrition and a clean environment. The cooperative is based on the principle that through collective action children can collectively advocate for services.

By contributing a very small fee every month (transferred to their CDK account) children become CHC members and learn the importance of budgeting for health care too. Child Health Educators (CHE) of CHC are promoters and grassroots health educators among their peers and community. Every year, selected children undergo training which includes administering first aid, addressing minor health issues and public hospital visits to understand the functioning of these hospitals.

The mission of CHC is to educate every poor child on the importance of safe and healthy living which would help them to stay healthy and reduce their vulnerability to preventable illnesses, thereby saving them from medical expenses and further poverty.

CHC is a children’s cooperative which:

  • Promotes Safe and Healthy Living among Children and Communities
  • Has Collective Ownership and Participation of Children
  • Has regular and sustained dialogue with primary health providers and local government on health and environment issues of children, communities and neighbourhoods
  • Has Children as Child Health Educators- the Promoters and Grassroots Health Educators among their peers
  • Gives Training on First Aid, Addressing Minor Health Issues and Hospital Visits
  • Raises awareness on diseases and Nutrition through regular Training Workshops