WiRED CHE Center Continues to Draw
Kenyans in Need
WiRED International's Community Health Education (CHE) Center in Kisumu, western Kenya, attracts both medical students and members of underserved communities to programs that improve people’s health outcomes.
Lillian Dajoh, WiRED’s coordinator in the Kisumu CHE center says, “The outreach targets medical personnel, primary care givers and children in and out of school. To some clients, it is their only gateway to health information.” Read more »
Report from the Field: A WiRED Dental Health Presentation
BY MNATSAKAN SARGSYAN
The WiRED International Community Health Education (CHE) Centre in Gavar, Armenia organized a seminar on dental care for the Child Development and Rehabilitation Centre’s staff, children with special needs and their parents. Dentist David Raphyan of Gavar Polyclinic showcased WiRED’s dental care module —now translated into Armenian by volunteer physicians and others. Dr. Raphyan emphasized points made in the module that dental hygiene and oral health are essential parts of our everyday lives. He told the children and their parents that the best way to have good dental health is to perform proper dental care at home and have regular checkups with a dentist. At the end of the presentation participants were given health kits provided by UMCOR International.
Good Hope NGO director Mnatsakan Sargsyan sent WiRED this field report. In 2013 we started CHE programs in Armenia to educate the country’s underserved and impoverished people, whose children suffer from lack of dental care among other issues. (See our earlier story.) As part of our outreach program process, trained local staff can set up community meetings around a specified medical/health topic. We provide our complete and updated W-HELP library to each center with portable media through thumb drives and deliver a projector to run the modules. The Centers can maintain the currency of their libraries by way of WiRED’s Filling Station.
***This report arrived just as WiRED-Armenia launched its own Facebook page. Currently the page features WiRED photos of places and people in Armenia.
WiRED Rushes to Translate Module on Ebola Virus Disease into French as Outbreak Worsens in West Africa
According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the largest Ebola outbreak on record has claimed 603 lives in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WHO is monitoring the unfolding crisis closely as new cases and high levels of transmission only increase.
Following the start of the epidemic, WiRED International completed a rapid response module on Ebola. Now that the virus continues to spread unabated, WiRED, working with Translators Without Borders, has rushed to translate its Ebola module into French, the official language in the affected areas of West Africa. The deadly virus, transmitted from animals to humans, produces a fever and severe bleeding and is usually fatal. There is no vaccine or cure. WiRED created the training module on Ebola after recognizing the urgent need to educate people on the ground on what the virus is, how it’s treated, how it spreads and how to avoid it.
Ignorance of health practices and suspicion of outsiders can create fear and panic among individuals and hamper healthcare workers struggling to work in inaccessible areas without doctors and clinics. According to a news article in the Independent, a treatment center in Guinea reported being under attack by local people who accused health workers of bringing Ebola into their community. In educating underserved people to address their own medical issues, especially in an epidemic, WiRED strives to overcome the inequality of healthcare knowledge.
The Ebola module and nearly 300 others are available free of charge by accessing our Community Health Education e-library.
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