This project is to raise the final funding needed to print 500 copies ($6,000) of Hesperian's "Where Women Have No Doctor " in Bahasa to be distributed to Village Health Workers (VHWs) on remote islands ($2,400). 40-60 of these VHWs will receive training on information in the book. The translating NGO is PERDHAKI, a Catholic health organization working in the outlying islands of Indonesia to make medicine more available and to increase medical care to poor and rural communities.
Mortality rate for mothers in rural Indonesia is very high. In these areas the mortality rate for mothers can reach 200 deaths of mothers per 100,000 live births. These are preventable deaths that happen because the communities have no health facilities, no transportation to the closest health facility, and very little education about health. PERHAKI will use "Where Women Have No Doctor" to equip community health workers in these communities to be self-sufficient and to save women's lives.
By giving village health workers current medical information in their native language, they can provide better care to mothers and and women in general. Since Hesperian books are written for people with low literacy levels, the information will be helpful for both community health workers and community members to improve their health and the health of their neighbors.
Printing 500 books ($6,000);shipping 8 packets to 6 islands ($2,400);2 trainings of 20-30 FVHWs each ($4,000).
By conducting trainings for community health workers and making this book available in Indonesian to remote communities, this project will make an immediate difference in the lives of women and a long term difference in community health. With easily accessible information, community health workers will be equipped to help these communities establish self-sufficient systems for caring for women's health.