The first aid books are now in the hands of the health actors in difficult-to-reach places!
The first few months of this year 2015 were hectic, especially for the medical team. It was the time to train the health workers in the five districts of Alaotra Mangoro region. The first meeting with the community workers in different sectors was also accomplished in four districts. The health providers have received their first training as well as the book as a tool to explore and to use. Feedbacks from the beneficiaries are encouraging. Following are quotes from a few community workers:
“The book teaches us a lot of new and interesting knowledge which deals with real health problems in our communities.”
“I learned from the book how our body functions: it breathes in clean air (oxygene) through the lung and the heart, and breathes out dirty air (carbon dioxide).”
“I was interested to know the heart, as members of my family suffer from high blood pressure. The book gave me very useful information.”
“Every evening, my kids and I gather to read the book under a candle light. They enjoy it as the topics relate to what they learn at school and it gives them instruction on how to become a doctor or a nurse.”
As the places are hard to reach and most of the teaching missions happened in the middle of the rainy season, getting there was not easy at all. AiNA soa teams experienced a real adventure with the means of transportation available: 4x4, taxi-brousse, walk, motorbike, rickshaw and tractor.
A report from Danhy Ratsimbason, our translator: We came back from an “impossible task”, reaching the region of Alaotra-Mangoro. Walking through mud … Going on a bus ride that was in constant danger of ending up into the ditch … Travelling by tractor for seven hours with our bums hurting from sitting on cold metal … Staying in a hotel where the toilets and bathroom were so dirty that we had to clean them ourselves … Eating no other food than plain rice and noodle soup for almost two weeks … Being nagged by back pain and diarrhoea. In spite of all the difficulties, we were happy that our message to the community workers went through: “Do not waste time waiting for other people to help. Start with what you have and be an agent of change in your own community.”