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Chilcuyo, El Salvador

Initial Training

Due to the rural nature of caserios (villages) in Texistepeque, El Salvador, access to a local health center is quite limited, leading to a high incidence of preventable health diseases among these communities. IHELP plans to train Community Health Workers (CHWs) across each of the six Texistepeque districts. With limited access to public transportation, our CHWs will be able to help provide health education and resources directly to their community. Chilcuyo is Project #1 of our Texistepeque Rural Caserios Project.

During the training, IHELP discovered that Chilcuyo’s local health clinic is not staffed with medical professionals and therefore, not open to the public. Our CHWs connected with the owners of the clinic and are now able to host community events in the space. What was an empty clinic is now a newly cleaned and decorated space where the CHWs can provide health education and resources directly to their community. This will help lower the rate of disease and illnesses throughout their communities!

Training Topics

  • Vital Signs
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Renal Failure
  • First Aid
  • Skin Infections

In reality, I would like to thank you all because I have always been interested in first aid. However, I have never had the resources to actually learn more about it. I feel really grateful to you because you have been able to come to our community and teach us about all these important materials. I also feel really appreciative for your patience with us [in learning the material]. It’s rare to find someone with the same level of patience, which is why I am thankful for you all.

– CHW Julissa

Where:

El Salvador

Date:

January 2022

# of Trained CHWs:

7

Focus:

Initial Training

CHWs Training CHWs

International HELP is excited to pilot a new initiative, where our experienced Community Health Workers (CHWs) train new CHWs within their respective groups. 

In March 2023, our trainers met with the Chilcuyo group to kickstart the training program, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to train new CHWs. The Chilcuyo group met five times throughout March, April, and May 2023, engaging in comprehensive training sessions facilitated by our own CHWs. 

In June 2023, our trainers returned to Chilcuyo to administer the post-training exam, assessing the proficiency of the newly trained CHWs. Following a passing score, these individuals were officially certified and welcomed into the Chilcuyo group, ready to make a meaningful impact on their community’s health!

Training Topics

  • Vital Signs
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Renal Failure
  • First Aid
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Skin Infections

Where:

El Salvador

Date:

June 2023

# of Trained CHWs:

3

Focus:

Initial Training

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