Health team giving anti-parasite medicine.
House of the Children founder and executive director, Nancy Santullo first visited Tayakome in December of 2007, in response to the urgent need of the Matsigenka people to have clean water and sanitation. She could see the willingness of the people, but wondered if her team could truly accomplish their goals, being so deep in the protected forest.
Forward to June 2012 --the sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure in Tayakome is in place. The water flows CLEAN and the bathrooms at the village school are functioning without contamination to the environment. The health of the people is steadily improving. HOTC has a strong focus on anchoring long term health advances and project sustainability. We do this through ongoing technical training and health supervision visits. It is this reinforcement that holds all the physical structures in place.
Over the last three months we were able to accomplish the following:
- A supervision and technical training visit by our Peruvian project supervisor Caleb Matos Chavez in April 2012. This visit was to provide additional training to the village water/sanitation committee members in systems maintenance and water safety.
- Health supervision visits were made in May and June 2012 to reinforce basic hygiene education to the village health promoter, the children, mothers and families. House-to-house visits were also made with HOTC staff and the health promoter to secure that the tap stands and greywater drains were functioning.
- In May of 2012 our Peruvian health team traveled to Tayakome to document the health advances of the people. The team distributed anti-parasite medicines to all of the people who participated in our health study in Dec 2011. Additional parasite and anemia testing was conducted for families outside of the community in Dec of 2011. In the past 2 ½ years, there has been an encouraging decrease in parasite loads among children 15 years and under. Our full health study is available upon request.
- Microbiological water testing was conducted with the village water/sanitation committee to secure that the water supply was safe in April 2012. Clean water continues to flow to individual homes of the people 24/7.
MORE for Tayakome! Our next supervision visit will be in September 2012. Our Peruvian project supervisor, Caleb Matos Chavez will continue his work training the village water/sanitation committee in systems maintenance and water safety and quality.
Our health educator will conduct supervision visits to Tayakome in July and Sept to continue her work with the village health promoter, the school teachers, and the mothers and children on health and hygiene practices. Additional anti-parasite medicines will be distributed to the people participating in our June testing.
Long Team Health Advances and Sustainability is the GOAL!
The people of Tayakome continue to advance their lives with a steadfast commitment. Your GlobalGiving donations are influential in supporting long term health advances among the people and project sustainability. Change takes time when working with remote rainforest cultures. HOTC has a five year commitment with the people and will continue our supervision visits and technical training visits through 2015.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to the Matsigenka people in this environmentally vital region of our world.
Sincerely yours in service,
House of the Children
Collecting healh data from medical post Tayacome.
Health documentation in Tayakome May 2012.
Health promotor working w/children at schoolhouse.
Maintenance of bathrooms at school w/youth.