At the end of this month, three of our board members will travel to Terre Blanche. There, they will support local community health volunteers as they evaluate what they have accomplished over the past six years.
The board members will also facilitate the process of discovering what the volunteers want to address next as they continue working to improve the health and wellness of women, children, and the vulnerable individuals in their communities.
Last month, the local health committee completed a survey of 114 local families. They have completed such a survey each year and there have been exciting results along the way. The results of this last survey amazed us and are a testament to the hard work of the local health volunteers.
Some of what we see happening:
- Malnutrition in children under 2 years has dropped to 17 percent (it was 50 percent 3 years ago)
- 100 percent of women are attended at birth by a skilled health worker (it was 30 percent 3 years ago)
- 96 percent of women can name maternal danger signs (this is up from 17 percent)
- 100 percent of pregnant women had at least four prenatal visits with a skilled health worker (this is up from 43 percent)
Please consider giving to the community health program in Terre Blanche. You can make a difference.