Through the month of April the “Integrated Healthcare and Protection Services” project, continued their medical intervention in the 3 outreach areas of: Mawasi, Sawarha, and Shoka.
The medical services provided are in three main categories:
- Primary health care services for sick children.
- Antenatal health care to pregnant women.
- Health care services to patients of NCDs (hypertension, and Diabetes)
Primary health care services for sick children:
The Caritas medical outreach team has provided services to 1462 children since the beginning of the project in October 2016.
The children attending the CBO’s are being screened and their vitals measured, if they suffer from sickness they will be referred to one of our doctors on the team.
The doctor examines the child and prescribes the proper medication. For example, providing antibiotics for infections, paracetamol for feverish child, anti-parasitic drugs for intestinal parasites, and nutritional supplements for malnourished children. Children with diarrheal disorders will be provided with ORS. Also, if the child requires further lab tests, the medical team will provide them.
The services provided for children in the outreach areas are vital since those children come from very poor families, and most of their parents are unemployed and cannot afford proper medical services for the family. In addition, the areas of intervention are marginalized and no medical service providers other than Caritas work within walking distance from most of those children’s families.