JustWorld’s heath & hygiene programs have been running extremely well over the past 3 months. We are pleased to share the accomplishments and growth with you from Guatemala and Cambodia over the past 3 months.
In Guatemala, the feeding program has now introduced a system for children to have their own cup and plate which they clean and reuse at each meal. This not only teaches responsibility and accountability but also improves hygiene and reduces the spread of germs and illness. Following the meal, the children that have toothbrushes and toothpaste which gives them an opportunity to take care of their oral health.
The medical clinic is running better than ever. One concern they have is there are more patients that the doctor has time for! For this reason, they would like to extend the clinic hours to include an extra day in the future. The doctor is largely treating children and women with problems pertaining to respiratory difficulties, gastro intestinal problems and skin issues. The doctor often refers patients to other facilities for lab work or the hospital for more involved procedures. The clinic could still benefit from added supplies which are often given in donation and hugely appreciated. Each afternoon, the doctor sees roughly 20 patients and serves a community that has no other local clinic. One child from Los Patojos is too sick to leave the house, but members of his family come to Los Patojos to pick up his medicine, which is not only keeping him alive but he is getting stronger by the day.
Our hygiene program in Cambodia, with partner PIO, has also been running very effectively this past quarter. It has been effective in teaching students the importance of maintaining cleanliness. The nurse has been in charge of setting up the hygiene education program and updating the program regularly with learning activities. Students are taught to be food conscious, to wash their hands, use soap and to brush their teeth after lunch. Teachers have been helping to instruct students and keeping them reminded of the guidelines set out. In total, each student has been given 3 tooth brushes each in the 3rd quarter and a total of 1035 tooth brushes have been distributed
The medical program has been pivotal in providing healthcare services to students studying at PIO. Medicine and equipment have been kept stocked and updated by the nurse. The nurse has done a routine health screening on 600 students this quarter to evaluate the health of students. We are very pleased to report that there have been no major problems concerning the health of PIO students.
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