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Tonacatepeque, El Salvador

Initial Training: Group 1

In 2018, International HELP traveled to Tonacatepeque, El Salvador to partner with COFAVAD Iglesia in the certification of 23 new Community Health Workers (CHWs). Tonacatepeque is in a more urban area of El Salvador where diabetes and high blood pressure are major issues. Near COFAVAD Iglesia there are several very poor areas with extreme health needs and very limited health knowledge. COFAVAD focuses on helping these areas and especially childrean. By training Community Health Workers, COFAVAD had a new tool for outreach to help their community.

Training Topics

  • Vital Signs
  • Examining & Caring for a Sick Person
  • Nutrition & Related Illnesses
  • CPR & Choking
  • First Aid
  • Mental Health
  • Pain Management
  • Respiratory Illnesses & Care

I thank International HELP and all the people that make their help possible. Their help has given us knowledge about health, how to use medical instruments, and how to measure blood pressure. I am very pleased to have been part of the training. I feel prepared to help other people who have symptoms. I feel like I know now what to do about it. Many blessings over your lives and your families.

– CHW Delmi

Where:

El Salvador

Date:

May 2018

# of Trained CHWs:

23

Focus:

Initial Training

Initial Training: Group 2

In 2021, International HELP returned to COFAVAD Iglesia in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador to prepare and train a second group. Since the first training in Tonacatepeque, many new people had expressed their interest in becoming a Community Health Worker (CHW) and asked to receive the training. Some of the original group were involved in creating and training this second group. In June 2023, the 16 CHWs were certified. COFAVAD has a large presence in the community and works with many children whom the CHWs help.

Training Topics

  • Vital Signs
  • Examining & Caring for a Sick Person
  • Nutrition & Related Illnesses
  • CPR & Choking
  • First Aid
  • Mental Health
  • Pain Management
  • Respiratory Illnesses & Care

The 16 Community Health Workers (CHWs) were personally challenged to begin making lifestyle choices in their own lives before they began sharing the new health information with their community. So, each member weighed themselves on the last day and set a personal goal related to nutrition, like decreasing sugary drink consumption or eating more vegetables each day, to start implementing the nutrition training into their day-to-day lives.

Where:

El Salvador

Date:

June 2023

# of Trained CHWs:

16

Focus:

Initial Training

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