Realizing the Potential of South Sudan: Taking Healthcare to the People

January 12, 2011
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BRAC’s Essential Health Care is a project that trains Community Health Volunteers (CHV) to serve the health needs of her community, with particular attention to poor women and children. CHVs also serve as self employed micro entrepreneurs who go door to door to sell essential healthcare products such as soap, water guard, ORS and condoms. They visit around 15 houses a day to educate those people on health issues and check on their health status.

BRAC’s Essential Health Care is a project that trains Community Health Volunteers (CHV) to serve the health needs of her community, with particular attention to poor women and children. CHVs also serve as self employed micro entrepreneurs who go door to door to sell essential healthcare products such as soap, water guard, ORS and condoms. They visit around 15 houses a day to educate those people on health issues and check on their health status.
Thirty year old Sunday Flora Eluzai is one such CHV. Sunday has more than 150 households in her catchment area and visits about 15 households a day. “Since I started to work with BRAC, people know me in the community, and even some of them call me ‘doctor’ because they take medicines from me and get advice,”
Joy Micah Tumalu is a 43 year old woman who spent the war years as a refugee in the Central African Republic. She now works as a Health Worker with BRAC and supervises CHVs. “I want to improve our country. The mothers need knowledge how to care for their children. Thanks to BRAC they’re learning something about first aid in their homes.”

 

Photo credits: BRAC, Lorne Mallin, Shehzhad Noorani

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