But everyday 2,000 children die from diarrhea alone.
People all over the world should have the life-saving knowledge to prevent illnesses so that no child, mother, father, or loved one dies from something we can prevent.
However, in many developing countries, there is a wide gap in connecting life-saving tools and knowledge to the people that need them the most. This gap comes in many forms: lacking access to medical facilities; the fear and superstitions around illness; not knowing basic first aid, nutrition, and sanitation; and not always trusting the intentions of “outsiders” coming in to help.
This is where Community Health Workers help bridge the gap.
Community Health Care workers are moms and dads, teenagers and grandparents, who have a desire to make their community a better place. We train these groups of people to become catalysts of change within their communities by empowering them with knowledge and tools to prevent diseases and deaths. The group of trained Community Health Workers then uses their new knowledge and skills in everyday, practical ways to help the people in their community. Whether it is taking the vital signs of a newborn, providing first aid, or giving a sick person immediate care, community healthcare workers are teaching their own communities how to be healthy, creating lasting change for generations to come.