Training community health workers for newborn care
By Dr. Angelo Tomedi - Project leader
CHW training session
A refresher training course was conducted recently by Global Health Partnerships (GHP) for the Kenyan community health workers (CHWs) who visit newborn infants during their first week of life. The 20 CHWs in attendance had the opportunity to share their experiences from more than 700 infants visited during the first year of the project, as well as solidify their skills for the assessment of newborns. Their main task is to check for signs of infection, such as fever, rapid breathing, and skin pustules (boils), that can rapidly lead to death if not identified and treated quickly. The meeting also provided an opportunity to address challenges and concerns that have arisen, such as how to arrange rapid transport of a sick infant that is found during a home visit. The CHWs renewed their commitment to serve their villages as volunteers to improve the health of young children.
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