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Village Health Trainers

Over 300 community volunteers trained to government standards to promote better health practices in their home villages.

The most effective way of reaching and educating communities in good healthcare practices is through their own people.

Trained and qualified Village Health Trainers work to ensure that their local areas are taught about the transmission and spread of diseases, along with the importance of personal hygiene and the dangers of unapproved cultural remedies.

This essential work increases access to health care and facilitates early disease prevention and referrals to hospital. The Government accredited promotors also help to establish health reporting systems between local communities and the Mbale District Health Office. These individuals effectively take complex healthcare knowledge and make it simple and applicable to everyday life.

Mulu’s Story

Mulu is from a rural mountainous community where access to health centres and facilities is very limited. Before she was visited by a VHT, her home was not in a good state. She did not have a rubbish pit, a tippy tap (makeshift tap) or a pit latrine. Most of her children would openly defecate in banana fields and they didn’t boil their drinking water. They often contracted sicknesses such as Typhoid and diarrhoea because of this, and often spent a lot of their money on medication as a result. Once Mulu met one of the VHTs, and attended some of their trainings, she learnt about the importance of purifying water through boiling it thoroughly. She also installed a rubbish pit, tippy tap and pit latrine at her home, and since then, her family have seen a big reduction in sicknesses.

Mulu had also planned to have 10 children. When speaking to the VHTs she learnt about the dangers of having many children close together, and how this can contribute heavily to maternal morbidity and mortality. She has now changed her mind and has decided that she will plan for 4 children, prioritising her health and also ensuring that she will be able to better provide for her children. Now her eldest child is attending a good school because she can afford the fees.