Community Health Development

Thirty remote mountain communities in the Lago de Yojoa area are chosen to participate in the Community Health Development Program.  They each must meet criteria such as  how far they are from a health care facility, lack of safe water or sanitary systems, whether they have been served by other aid organizations, and safe access.  All communities must demonstrate a commitment to participating in health education and agree to a formal partnership.

 

Communities receive general health care from medical teams twice a year, including general check ups, vision and dental care, vitamin distribution, fluoride, and anti-parasite treatments, and referrals to other FOB services.

 

In exchange for medical treatment received, communities participate in health related training and educational workshops on nutrition, reproductive health, hygiene, and malaria prevention.  A health committee is established in each village to promote the program, and a health volunteer is identified, trained, and equipped to act in this role.

 

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