|Title||SEHAT KA BATUA - THE HEALTH PURSE|
|Product / Service||CSR|
|Category||B01. Use of Ambient Media: Small Scale|
|Entrant||GREY INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Idea Creation||GREY INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Media Placement||GREY INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Sandipan Bhattacharyya||GREY India||Chief Creative Officer|
|Mangesh Kavale||GREY India||Associate Creative Director|
|Vivek Bhambhani||GREY India||Sr. Creative Director|
|Mehul Prajapati||GREY India||Creative Controller|
|Shouvik Gupta||GREY India||Group Creative Director|
|Arun Raman||GREY India||National Planning Head|
|Rana Ghoshal||GREY RC&M||Client Services Director|
|Deepak Oberoi||GREY RC&M||Chief Executive Officer|
|Suvrata Gharge||Mahindra Rise||Head - CSR|
|Anirban Ghosh||Mahindra Rise||Chief Sustainability Officer|
|Samir Chadha||GREY India||Sr.VP - GREY Works|
|Pooja Krishnamoorthy||Bowline||Executive Producer|
|Yuvraj Bandi||GREY India||Editor|
|Anjory Gor||GREY India||Animator|
|Jignya Shedge||GREY India||Assistant Director - Films|
|Rashmi Naik Nimbalkar||Independent||Illustrator|
|Rajesh Salodkar||GREY India||Retouching Artist|
|Pravin Patil||GREY India||Retouching Artist|
|Ramesh Dighe||Before After||Print Production|
The Health Purse A purse that not only protects your money, but protects you from the dangers of Breast Cancer as well. The best way to effect any behaviour change is to ride on existing cultural behaviour. A 'Batua' is the traditional Indian women's purse. Women in rural India have a unique practice when it comes to protecting their money - they keep their purses in their blouses. Could this unique habit also help protect them from breast cancer? Riding on this age-old habit, we designed purses with illustrative visuals of women checking themselves - which served as a reminder to perform the simple breast self-examination steps given inside. The purses were printed on skin-friendly cloth and designed using 9 famous Indian folk-art styles. The 'batua' thus became a purse that didn't just protect their wealth, but their health as well.
Overall budget: INR 1.2 million Cost Breakdown: Purse materials and printing: INR 650,000 Organising health workers and venues for camps: INR 550,000
The Health Purses were given out as a part of Mahindra Rise breast cancer/health awareness drives in Madkepada, Belwadi, Kinipada, Katkariwadi, Sutarpada, Warkhanda among other remote villages in Maharashtra. These sessions started in March, 2018 and are continuing through till May. Mahindra gets in touch with local healthcare workers to help set up the awareness camps in community centres and village health centres. They inform the women in the village in advance to ensure attendance at these sessions which are conducted with the support of CPAA – Cancer Patients Aid Association. A typical session lasts around 2 hours, where women are taught how to perform a breast self-examination at home, before giving them the purses that serve as a reminder. The initiative is being scaled up to reach even more women in media-dark parts of the country.
In the first phase of this direct outreach programme, 2500 Health Purses were distributed to Rural Indian women across 6 villages. The impact can be gauged from the fact that: a) The Cancer Patients Aid Association of India not only conducted the health workshops in these 6 villages, they also distributed the Health purses, a confirmation of the relevance of the messaging. b) Both Mahindra Rise and the CPAA are committed to spread this initiative to 130 more villages through the year. c) The task of the programme was to help women understand the severity of breast cancer, the need for self-examination and the necessity to remind themselves to do this regularly. The Health Purse is a reminder tool and once it replaces the existing purses in the womens' daily lives, the behaviour change would have been achieved.
The Health Purse is a simple tool that serves to educate and remind women of rural India to check themselves regularly for breast cancer. In rural India, it's culturally taboo to openly talk about women's health issues, so we chose a previously unused medium as a reminder that's discreet and personal. While incidence of breast cancer is on the rise, media reach is very low in these remote villages. Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, the solution was to hand out these purses directly through an outreach programme that travelled from village to village to engage and educate.
The priorities of the women in rural India are centred around taking care of their families. They have neither the time nor the inclination to think about their own health - very often waiting for symptoms of illness to manifest to a degree that is hard to cure. To increase the early detection of breast cancer, a new behaviour had to be introduced to them. They had to be taught how to examine themselves and to do it regularly. Because the reach of media is limited in these villages, the campaign was part of a direct outreach programme that travelled from village to village to engage with, educate them and give the purses that would remind them to make self checks a habit.