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When people help people

In areas where there is a lack of professional health workers, health promoters can play a key role in improving people’s health. Marzia is a health promoter trained by NAC.

Aktuelt/ Monday, 29 June 2015

It takes people to help people, especially when it comes to promoting health in rural and remote communities. In the Afghan countryside, many deaths and much suffering is caused by ailments that could be prevented or cured. The lack of professional healthcare is one reason; another is the lack of public health information. People need advice on how to cure simple but common illnesses and how to prevent them. To train people so they can train others is a good way of reaching out to the whole community. Many of the health promoters are women, most of them selected because they are respected in their communities. They can visit families directly in their homes to give advice.

Marzia is 33 years old and is one of the health promoters trained by NAC. She lives in the remote village Sayed Ahmad Alawdal in Jaghori, Ghazni. Her role is to spread awareness at the Female High School in the village. She focuses on hygiene routines and the sanitation facilities at the school. Marzia explains that there is a big difference between people living in the centre of the districts and those living in the far remote villages. The knowledge and awareness on health and hygiene is lower in remote areas due to lack of information and education. Parents have little knowledge why their children get sick, and children are not able to differentiate between clean and unclean water sources. Marzia is working especially with the newest students, but also their families.

-          Clean latrines and clean hands give healthier families, she says.

Marzia is one of several that has received training by The Norwegian Afghanistan Committee. The health promoters are now able to teach others how to prevent disease, the importance of hygiene, but also the link between healthy and clean food and good health. Now these are training mothers, teachers and schoolchildren. They can more easily treat on their own, and learn to recognise the differences between symptoms of common and life threatening diseases, for which they must seek professional help.

NAC trained 310 female health promoters in Badakhshan, Faryab and Ghazni in 2014. 

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