In Malawi only 46% of citizens live within a 5km radius of any kind of health facility. As the majority of people are subsistence farmers, they struggle to travel to these centres and often leave seeking help until it is too late. Joshua runs mobile health clinics at our community-based childcare centres as an entry point to health care.
During the clinics, children under five have their weight, temperature and height recorded, as well as receiving a general check-up to monitor any skin infections, wounds or other signs of illness they may have.As well as the under-fives clinic, the two volunteers also run a training workshop every Friday afternoon. They teach the local community about important health issues, such as: first aid, hygiene, malaria, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and blood pressure.
Since these clinics started we have seen very positive results. Common childhood illnesses are being caught and treated early, the burden of travelling long distances to access healthcare is being lifted from hard working mothers and because of our training sessions and wound care advice less children are suffering from skin infections, and wounds are being thoroughly washed and dressed, resulting in quicker healing times.
Taking healthcare into the heart of rural communities like this is key to saving lives and improving long term health.