community health workers
The most effective disease prevention work takes place in the community, where healthcare workers are living and working on-the-ground.
This is why we do what we do!
We recruit local women with auxiliary nursing qualifications or experience to be our community health workers.
Most of our community healthcare workers are based in our schools serving students and their families, as well as others in the local community. Basic health, hygiene and nutrition education is a priority, but they also are able to deliver deworming, sight-tests, vaccinations, and growth monitoring.
Community health workers can offer basic screening – such as blood pressure, TB and diabetes checks – to help identify warning signs that need investigation and treatment.
Referrals and follow-up
As well as helping people to access diagnosis and treatment, community healthcare workers have a vital role in encouraging individuals to take up their referrals and medication. They develop links with the government infrastructure to facilitate access for their patients.
We want to employ more community healthcare workers to bring much needed care and hope to those most in need.