Empower local people to be health activists in their own communities! Community health workers are trained to spread the word about important health and hygiene issues, teach families how to avoid preventable illnesses, perform basic health checks and dispense medicines.
How your gift helps
Saw Soe Kyi has limited formal education, but that hasn‰۪t stopped him fulfilling his dream to give back to his community.
After being selected by his village, he trained with TEAR‰۪s partner World Concern Myanmar (WCM) to become a volunteer Community Health Worker.åÊHe now provides basic medical care (wound dressing, or dispensing basic medicines) and shares knowledge on topics including nutrition, health, hygiene and how to prevent diseases like diarrhoea and malaria.
Saw Soe Kyi‰۪s work has improved the health and quality of life of the people in his local community. The village is a long way from the nearest health centre, and there was limited knowledge about health care and the importance of good hygiene. Now, there has been a noticeable improvement in hygiene practices, which has led to less disease.
WCM has also distributed mosquito nets, taught people how to reduce the presence of mosquitoes in the village, and trained Saw Soe Kyi and other Community Health Workers in the early detection of malaria and referral of malaria cases to the health centre. As a result, malaria rates have reduced dramatically.
Initially, Saw Soe Kyi found it difficult to get people to come to his training sessions, but he now meets with 10 household groups each month. Saw Soe Kyi‰۪s medical kit is supplied and refilled by WCM. In addition to his initial one month‰۪s training at the local district hospital with WCM, Saw Soe Kyi has also attended two 15-day refresher courses, supported by WCM.
Saw Soe Kyi is an inspiring example of how a small investment can make a huge difference in the health and well-being of a community.
About our partner
World Concern (Myanmar) is a Christian development organisation that works with people facing extreme poverty to provide hope and opportunity. Its projects in Myanmar focus on some of the country‰۪s poorest communities, building up their capacity through strengthening Village Development Committees (VDCs), improving community health, and providing access to clean water and agricultural training.
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