Developing Village Health Leaders Yr 2
Human Dev Index:#132 (Aus #5)
Our implementing partners have been training 30 to 40 community leaders each year since 2011. These leaders live amongst the poor in remote villages and provide basic healthcare within their communities once trained. This new project aims to increase the level of support to these disadvantaged, remote populations. The Health Training Certificate course educates leaders with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to serve their community. The course takes an intentionally holistic approach to health and wellbeing by addressing social, emotional and physical aspects of health.
Why support this
The health training certificate candidates are already working in the communities where they will apply their new knowledge. The local community is a direct and immediate beneficiary of each candidate’s newly acquired skills and knowledge. Our partners are facilitating relationships between the graduates and the training institutes who are teaching the curriculum. This creates collaborative links between graduates and healthcare service providers so that the village health leaders can refer patients directly to quality practitioners. The project empowers locals at ‘ground level’ to meet the immediate health needs of the communities in these remote villages. These villages are often deemed inaccessible by other health care providers and are a long and expensive way from government clinics or doctors.
$21,000 for the second year of a three year project.
- There are approximately 600,000 villages in India.
- 73% of India’s population resides in these villages, yet 75% of healthcare professionals are concentrated in the cities.
- Many poor and needy people from the villages struggle to access health care due to travel and hospital costs.
- Many only do so at advanced stages of illness and yet most diseases can be prevented though basic health care and awareness.
- Training city people is not cost-effective or sustainable.
- Training an existing leader within the community can directly meet health needs and make health care more accessible.
Expected Life Change
- Community leaders are further empowered to take care of their people.
- Remote villages are provided with acsess to health care and are accorded dignity and respect.
- Life expectancy is greatly increased and people live healthier lives. In particular, pregnant women and mothers have improved health access for their children.
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