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Community Health Worker (CHW)
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Standing next to the primary health unit in Hayeti village, the vast barren desert sprawled out behind her, Koos describes the time the village was struck down with cholera, “there were no supplies, and vaccination services were not reaching the village. Seeing this difficult situation and the people suffering, I wanted to help.”
Koos was selected by her village elders to participate in a nine month Community Health Worker training course, which will give her the skills and knowledge needed to provide essential primary healthcare. “I was born in Hayeti, I wanted to help my people in the village because I know they have been suffering.
We are learning how to care for the mothers when they give birth at home in the rural areas, and also to care for children, both under 5 years’ old and older ones. We are also learning how to manage and raise awareness on outbreaks and other disease related issues.’
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