In the areas where our WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project is running, we find very high child mortality rates due to lack of basic sanitation facilities and the lack of knowledge about hygiene and disease prevention. Through role plays, interactive teaching materials and discussions, people understand the problems present in their community and can identify solutions.
Practical WaSH lessons saved a wedding: “I went to Hood Kheil to attend a wedding party. There were many people and the weather was very hot. Some children were crying there. I asked their mother what their problem was. She said that they had diarrhea and vomiting. It was late at night and nobody was ready to take the children to a hospital. I quickly prepared an Oral Rehydration Solution from boiled cold water, salt and sugar and gave it to the children to drink. After a few hours they got well and started playing. All the women at the wedding asked what I did to help those children. I told them that the WaSH project works in our village and I learned all these lessons from WaSH.”
Practical WaSH lessons are taught to community members – even the children! A woman from Etifaq village said, “My daughter who is 3 years old, wanted to go to the latrine last night. I told her to go, but my mother said, that I should go to latrine with her, because she is too small. My mother thought she would not know how to use latrine properly. I told my mother that she should go with my little daughter and watch how she uses the latrine. My daughter went to the latrine and used the toilet. When she had finished, she put water in it, washed her hands and came back into the house. My mother was very surprised to see that a child so young knew what to do. My mother was happy too!”
This encounter with our physiotherapist through our Operation Mercy Hope and Health project has made a big difference for one girl with a disability who now,
At that gathering every woman had a personal testimony of how the seminar is changing her family and personal life.
How do you change people and communities when you cannot go near them?
“We all are thankful for these lessons and are so happy that we have my daughter-in-law and my grandchild with us.” – Birth Life Saving Skills participant
Hassan and Hussein are twin boys born in a village in northern Tajikistan. Both were born with cerebral palsy due to brain damage during birth and have severe physical disabilities.
We have distributed DVDs including this video about “How insulin is made” and many more resources for patients and doctors to more than twenty endocrinologists so that they can use them to increase their own knowledge and educate their patients.
BLiSS is a health education program about pregnancy, birth and new born care which began in 2005. The programme was created to help address the child and mother mortality rate in Afghanistan which remains one of the highest in the world.
“When I arrived at my daughter’s home, her pain had already begun. It was midnight, and we could not get to the clinic,” said Mrs. Siamoy*.
“When we were planning the Wheelchair Provision and Service Workshop, sport was not the first thing that came to mind. There are so many people here that need basic,
“How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?”
Access to schools and education is limited for village women…
Maftuna knew about the book through one of Operation Mercy’s community health trainers. She herself went through Operation Mercy’s general health and pregnancy lessons, as the trainers do not only work with the local women in the village but also the wives of Operation Mercy staff.
Educating disadvantaged communities about their health does not only prevent illnesses and improve their wellbeing, but it can also save lives.
She denied it and said it never happened, and that I must have dreamed it!
Now more families in rural southern Kyrgyzstan have useful health information in addition to basic food necessities.