PONT

Training healthworkers in Ugandan villages

Healthworkers save lives in villages where there are no doctors. They educate their neighbours to reduce illnesses and encourage antenatal care. They respond to emergencies and help mums in labour. We want to train 75 new healthworkers, and deliver update training to 500 committed volunteers.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1125948)

Campaign target

£22,500

Amount raised

£23,562

Donations

70

Championed by The Reed Foundation - International

  • “Whoever has a sick person in the home, they first run to me”

    — Eve, Community Healthworker, Wanale

  • “Now when I move in the community they call me a musawo [the word for doctor, nurse or health worker]. When I am called a musawo I am somebody important in the community. They do respect me. I am proud to see that my people are healthy, and good sanitation and health-related issues are in place

    — Jack, Community Healthworker, Busiu Sub-county

  • “I saw that mothers were dying, when the opportunity came I was ready to be trained, to save the lives of people in my catchment area”

    — Beatrice, Traditional Birth Referral Attendant

  • "We're here to ensure work continues for mothers and children. To ensure mothers do not die while giving life. All our efforts are directed towards that."

    — Sister Jennifer Wandawa, chair of Community Health Committee

Situation

Diseases such as cholera, malaria and pneumonia are common in the rural villages of Mbale region. Infant mortality and maternal mortality rates are high. There are no doctors in most villages and in remote areas, health centres can be difficult to reach. Many people are not aware of basic health, nutritional and sanitation information that could save lives. Others are reluctant to visit health centres, preferring traditional remedies. Healthworkers change this - but they need robust training.

Solution

PONT and our partners have found a solution that works. We support local NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to train volunteer village healthworkers, chosen by their communities. They engage and educate their community about sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, immunisation, family planning and early detection of illnesses. They’re trained to give emergency first aid, make referrals and call for emergency transport. We will update their training, and if we receive champion funding, train more.