Words and Actions Make for Baiter Sehat
The Baiter Sehat campaign has already highlighted issues including Forced Marriage, Mental Health and Well Being, Domestic Violence, Health Checks, Shisha Smoking, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Suicide. Phase Three has introduced Dementia and Heptatitis B and C. The people behind the project are looking forward to ‘improving lives’.
Zaheer Mahmud, the Operational Lead of Baiter Sehat said:
“We accomplished so much in Phase One and Two of the Baiter Sehat campaign. This work must be reinforced and further implemented.
“Phase Three of the Baiter Sehat campaign will see us continue to educate the local communities and increase access to health and well-being provisions, and in this way, improve the outcome for the whole community.
“The Baiter Sehat campaign will continue its innovative stance in a sustainable manner so we can see tangible results in the local community.”
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, Dominic Harrison said:
“The Baiter Sehat health campaign made enormous progress in its first year and reinforced that work in its second year. One Voice has successfully tackled important community health and well- being issues including domestic abuse, mental health, shisha smoking and organ donation.
“Furthermore, the Baiter Sehat campaign has encouraged people to consider what they can do to improve their own health. I’m delighted that we are able to continue this partnership with One Voice for phase 3 of the Baiter Sehat campaign.”
Angela Ditchfield, a specialist organ donation nurse at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said,
“I am looking forward to embarking upon phase 3 of the Baiter Sehat campaign as I work with One Voice to launch the organ donation campaign IT’S ABOUT TIME.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to begin to raise awareness about organ donation within the local BME community and to ensure that everyone understands the impact that organ donation can have on a community.
“Through my work as specialist nurse, I have seen how organ transplantation can have a huge and life changing impact on people’s lives.
“The Baiter Sehat campaign is a fantastic channel to spread that message to the local community of Blackburn and Darwen. As a result of the work with One Voice I was recently given the Mary Seacole Award. It is fantastic the work that began with One Voice and Baiter Sehat is reaching a nationwide level.”
Jal Iqbal, Community Development Worker for Darwen Resource Centre has worked alongside One Voice with the Mental Health awareness. Jal said:
“The Baiter Sehat campaign has already induced crucial dialogue on important and very often taboo issues, including Mental Health and Suicide.
“The Baiter Sehat project has made some very necessary breakthroughs within the local community. I am pleased to be working with a group of people who are passionate about their community.”
One Voice chairman Abrar Hussain is enthusiastic about the upcoming projects in the next phase of the campaign.
“The award winning Baiter Sehat campaign is going from strength to strength. One Voice is making a vital contribution in helping the local BME community of Blackburn and Darwen. The first 2 phases of the Baiter Sehat campaign saw One Voice successfully and effectively making health improvements to the local community.
“The aim of phase 3 of the Baiter Sehat project is to continue to attempt to tackle all issues that affect our communities and to improve their lives. An important aspect of the Baiter Sehat Campaign, that will resonate in the next phase particularly, is raising awareness within the community of health matters that often remain shunned.
“We are also proud to work alongside NHS Health Education England and East Lancashire NHS Hospitals Trust in producing a campaign to raise awareness of organ donation in the BME community – IT’S ABOUT TIME. Without our work on the Baiter Sehat project that would not have been possible.”
The Baiter Sehat project was recognised nationally last year when it received the Excellence in Health Award by the Department of Health.