Our project partner, the "Sisters of Destitude", have decided to help the slums poorest of the poor. Once per week with their mobile health care van, they offer consultation in 10 slums. Through prevention and improved education of families, many diseases especially affecting children can be avoided. Therefore, the sisters with the support of Malteser International, train voluntary basic health care helpers in each slum area with the task of disseminating important information on health care and the most frequent diseases in their immediate environment. Over a three-year period, health care helpers attend regular courses on the most important health topics. They learn how to liase with the public health care system so that, for instance, vaccination campaigns carried out by the state can also take place in slum areas or that supplementary nutritional programmes are carried out.
Most pregnant women, in the absence of an alternative and midwife, give birth at home. Therefore, apart from health care helpers, the project also trains a further 10 women as mid-wife aids who can accompany mothers in labour and support them in infant care. Frequency of maternal and infant infections is thus substantially reduced.
- Improvement of the populations health situation in 10 slum areas
- Training of health care helpers
- Training of mid-wife aids
- Cataract operations
|Duration:||July 2002 until June 2008|
|Financing:||Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.|
|Partner:||Sisters of Destitude, St. Josephs Hospital, Gandhidham|