New mothers now face the challenge of protecting their babies and their families against COVID-19. Fortunately many of them benefit from the support and advice from women who have received baby kits and health training previously.
Community workers are gradually making their way into the villages where internally displaced communities are living. In May soldiers burnt down COVID screening posts that were set up by the Karen Department of Health and back-pack health workers. They were able to re-construct the posts in July and the emphasis now is on providing essential supplies and ensuring people understand the measures to take to protect against COVID. Information about the COVID pandemic and personal protective items are not easily available in the more remote villages. The community workers who can reach those villages provide an essential lifeline of support. In addition to the problems of displacement and COVID, the area around Ee Htu Hta internal displacement camp was badly affected recently by flooding.
The current situation highlights the importance of beneficiaries sharing their knowledge and experience to achieve a degree of sustainability in the health program.
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