Village Health Volunteer Program

There are over 100 separate villages in our drainage area but only a handful of these have an immediate health service available. In 1999 we made our first attempts to bridge this gap, training people from local villages in basic health information and treatments. Working with the Women’s and Childrens Health Program (an initiative of Ausaid and the National Department of Health), the curriculum was standardized and our Village Health Volunteer program became more formal from 2002.

To date we have trained over 80 women from villages across the district in Safe Motherhood, Community Action and Participation, Learning about Health, Healthy Children and several other topics.  Refresher training courses are done when funding allows.

We have had excellent support from Birthing Kits International (formally Zonta) and donations from various Rotary clubs and Soroptomist groups, as well as funding through Baptist World Aid Australia and different church groups from Australia. However this program will continue to need ongoing funding. If you would like to donate, please see our donations page.

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