“Peace is when you have physical, spiritual, mental and social wellbeing. That’s what my goal was when I started the health training - a totally holistic approach to healing.” Dr Sasa
Our health programme consists of six projects, five of which will be active in this financial year.
|H1||Community Health Worker (CHW) - Basic Training||Six month training course covering education and prevention practices to address the most common types of sickness and ill- health in rural areas.||-|
|H2||Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) Training||Two, one week long training sessions for 90 TBAs covering ante- natal, birth and post-natal care of babies and their mothers.|
|H3||Clinic||Extension of the newly built clinic in Lailenpi. Annual running costs for clinical services to the local community.|
|H4||CHW Refresher & Advanced Training||One month training course covering advanced topics in health and an opportunity for self-reflective learning for 300 CHWs.|
|H5||CHW / TBA Village-Level Support||Village-level support from Area Coordinators to 300 CHWs providing: mentoring support, peer learning opportunities, one-to- one health training, access to medicines, a newsletter and medical journal, health education campaign material and monitoring of health statistics across partner villages.|
|H6||Community Health Financing Initiative||A revolving fund of seed, plants and livestock which provides a capital investment to enable the local community to pay for the ongoing cost of healthcare to their village after a five year period.|
The Community Health Worker (CHW) six month basic training project has been the core element of our health work to date. This will temporarily be put on hold during 2016-17, while we consolidate the training and support of our existing health workers through a four week refresher and advanced training course and a village level support project. This village level programme, open to both our community health workers and traditional birth attendants, will form the backbone of our ongoing healthcare provision to villages, with area coordinators providing opportunities for peer to peer learning, in-situ health training and access to a distribution network of educational material and medicines.
We will continue to run training for Traditional Birth Attendants, focused on reducing the rate of neonatal and maternal deaths along with a reduction in the incidence of infant and maternal illness. This work will be developed through our ongoing partnership with Birthlink UK, providing support to 90 birth attendants on an annual basis.
This financial year, we also hope to complete the building of the Lailenpi clinic. The budget will enable us to line the internal walls of the upper floor of the clinic, add an extension to provide internal toilets, expand the capacity of the clinic to 15 beds and build a new outpatients area. The clinic will provide outpatient services to approximately 4,800 people per year and in-patient services to approximately 400 people.
True to our vision of seeing villages become ‘self-developed’, and in order to meet the ongoing costs of healthcare across the region, a community health financing initiative will be piloted this year. This will provide a capital investment fund of seed and livestock donated to village health committees, with the aim for the ‘fund’ to return a profit at the end of the first year. After five years the fund will cover the annual cost of an area coordinator, a basic supply of medicine to the village and a stipend for the community health worker.