Malaria is a major cause of death amongst children and so we are pleased to report that 332 mosquito nets were distributed in February 2012 to the poorest households in the villages which we adopted for support in 2011, namely Amar Gadid, Elfaki Ali, Um Layouna, Hillat Kabir and Siwailinga. This means that the children in these families now have protection at night from mosquitos and the likelihood of them catching malaria is significantly reduced. This will bring great peace of mind to many anxious mothers.
The key actors in improving the health of the children are the village first aid workers. The villages above have all selected their volunteers to be trained as village health workers and we have now signed the agreement with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society to undertake the training. This training is expected to take place in March. This training will cover basic first aid techniques, health and hygiene and nutrition. This training equips the first aid workers to be health educators in the village particularly amongst mothers and their children helping them to improve the nutririon of their children and the prevention and management of prevalent diseases particularly respiratory infections and diarrhoea. The training takes the form of specialised video presentations backed up by workbooks, demonstrations and practical applications.
The first aid workers work in close partnership with the village midwives in dealing with infants and young children and their mothers and their focus is very much on preventative medicine. The trainee village midwives from these villages as well as from some of the other villages supported by KIDS FOR KIDS - 40 in total - started their year long training in February 2012.
All these services are so important to the villagers and are very highly valued. We are only able to provide these services because of the support which we receive from our wonderful band of supporters and we, and all the peoole in the communities in Darfur, are extremely grateful for your support. You are making a contribution which truly does make a difference and change lives.