Community Health Educators Program: Achievements
The Community Health Educators have reached a number of important goals in different sectors since beginning their work.
1) Home-based Health Care and First AidCommunity Health Educators visit households on a daily basis to provide health information, dispense basic medications and administer first aid as needed within their communities.
Since July 2009 Community Health Educators have:
- Visited 1,582 households in 10 different villages
- Administered first aid to 3,118 individuals
- Referred 694 patients to the FIMRC clinic
- Seen 349 patients under the age of five
2) Community OutreachesTwice a month, all Community Health Educators travel to a village in or near Bumwalukani to do mass health education on a specific topic.
Since July, 2009 Community Health Educators have:
- Conducted 15 community outreaches in 8 different villages (Bukiriwe, Bunakasala, Bunamulembwa, Busamo West, Busiriwa, Busongi, Mataya, and Shikholo)
- Taught topics including environmental conservation, family planning, nutrition, sanitation, and breastfeeding
- Reached 353 households during outreaches
3) Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing
Once a week, Project Bumwalukani holds free HIV counseling and testing sessions for any individual who wishes to be tested. All HIV-positive patients within the catchment area are assigned a Community Health Educator who visit the patient at home to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and provide ongoing health education and psychosocial support.
In 2009, Project Bumwalukani:
- Tested 1,680 patients have been tested for HIV, with 262 HIV positive patients (prevalence rate of 15.6% - over double the national average)
- Assigned 176 newly-diagnosed HIV-positive patients to a Community Health Educator for follow-up; additional patients have been referred to health centers within closer proximity to their homes for monitoring and ongoing counseling
- Arranged for Community Health Educators to visit 152 HIV-positive clients at home
4) Community Health GroupsProject Bumwalukani’s outreach program operates eight community health groups that meet once a week to discuss different health topics.
Since their training in June 2009, the Community Health Educators have:
- Taken over teaching and preparation for eight community health groups: three women’s groups, a men’s group, a young girls group, and a group for young men and women, a post-HIV test club, and a pregnant women’s group.
- Initiated home-based group meetings to encourage accountability for home health behaviors