Health workers meet community members
On World Refugee Day 2019 the global call is to Step up with Refugees. With your support RIJ continues to do this and the Baby Kit project reaches out to more people than the new mothers who receive the kits. The project provides opportunities for community health workers as well.
With displacement continuing in Karen State, Myanmar it can be difficult for community workers to access displaced communities and ascertain their needs. Bringing the Baby kits develops trust between the health workers and the local population thus enabling them to see the conditions within the makeshift camps and learn the needs of the people.
One community leader said: "Because we are able to distribute Baby Kits our community and mothers and babies benefit while they are in difficult circumstances. Even if some mothers only received a few items, the whole family feels better. We hope this project will continue and expand."
Infant mortality rates have already dropped in Ee Htu Hta displacement camp so this shows that the rates elsewhere can also be reduced. The ripple effect will ensure this because the women who received the kits and the health instructions will often pass this knowledge on to other mothers, many of whom would not have access to this information otherwise. So far entire communities across 7 districts in the Karen State have been reached with over 3,500 people receiving the vital health and hygiene training as well as the material support that can ensure the physical wellbeing of future generations.
One mother said: "I am very happy that I joined the awareness raising session and I feel like I can share this information with other women so that it will help other babies. There are still stereotypes in our community, which will need constant health awareness raising to reduce this kinds of wrong thinking."
Thank you for stepping up with refugees!