What do we offer communities?
In rural communities where access to basic sanitation infrastructure is scarce people are at risk of disease and lack sufficient knowledge of basic sanitary practices. World Bank statistics show that as many as 10,000 rural inhabitants in poorly accessible locations in Senegal rely on just a single doctor for medical care. We organise health check-up trips to the communities we support and encourage local talent to consider a professional career in medicine and nursing.
How does the project dynamically support the other projects?
Sponsored children are automatically included in health visits so that the community they live with also benefits. The first priority is visiting newborn babies and toddlers, as well as providing their parents with advice and support. We also provide courses, conducted by medical students and nurses, in a manner sympathetic to their language and culture.
How do we ensure we help communities to help themselves?
We organise trips approximately 3 times per year, ensuring regular contact with communities. However, with just 40% of rural populations having access to improved sanitation facilities, it is vital to help communities help themselves We provide incentives for key community members to ensure the vulnerable can attend our visits and courses where they can learn skills such as emergency resuscitation. We also support ambitious young local student doctors and nurses with their studies, who can then give back and help their communities become self-sufficient.
The Project in facts & figures:
- 3 visits per year
- Around 700 children treated per visit, 2000 treatments given per year
- Minimum personnel requirement: 1 doctor, 1 nurse, 1 all-rounder for assisting, taking photos and making notes during each examination, and preferably someone to translate where required.
- £1500 per trip (approx 15 days) required to purchase medicine, transport expenses, local course materials.