VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Volunteer health workers give mothers in northern Uganda a lifeline
May 15, 2013 by Sophia Jones-Mwangi
|IRC-trained village health worker Harriet Adokorach (left) with Beatrice Alanyo and her son Bernard. The toddler recovered from malaria after receiving treatment from Harriet. "If Harriet hadn't been there Bernard would have died," says Beatrice. Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi/IRC|
Since 2009, the International Rescue Committee has trained and equipped nearly 700 volunteers in northern Uganda to provide lifesaving health care to children in remote communities struggling to recover from a decade of civil war. With IRC-supplied medicines, thermometers and even bicycles to travel to patients’ homes, the volunteers have treated 200,000 children since the program began. They provide a critical first line of defense against three childhood killers—malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia—that local clinics are underequipped to handle.
|Mary Lakot is proud of her work as a village health volunteer. She treats children mainly for coughs and malaria. “The children around here call me Doctor! Doctor!” she says.|
Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi/IRC
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