By Joelma Pereira; Edited by Leanna Cappiello
Malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea are most common illnesses causing child mortality in Niger. In an effort to decrease these childhood illnesses, World Vision has partnered with World Health Organization to launch a program in 2015, spanning five African countries.
In Gobir Yamma, the integrated child health project seeks to treat common childhood illnesses by training community health volunteers, like Aminou.
Aminou, a proud volunteer and dedicated father, has gained the trust of local families. He has grown quite busy with appointments and follow-ups recently. “Today I don’t even have time to go to the farm, because every day I either have to follow up a case or see a new one,” he says.
When Aminou practices, he uses a specialized space where he receives and treats his patients. He has been a volunteer since the program came to his region. “Since then I have screened and treated more than 300 children in my village.”
Community members have noticed a huge difference in quality, care and convenience that this program and its volunteers are bringing. “In the past, I had to walk seven kilometers to reach the health centre, then wait for hours for my child to be seen by a medical staff,” says Zouera, mother of two-year-old Almoustapha. “Now I have this service at my doorstep with the guarantee that my children will receive drugs and better treatment.”
Aminou and other volunteers are well stocked with materials that they need to treat children. Included in their kits are prescription drugs, timers to track respiratory movements, weight balancers, and thermometers. The materials are monitored closely by the Integrated Health Centre and replenished monthly.
Aminou’s mother, Rahamou, recalls the pain of losing two children because she didn’t have the means to treat them. This problem is especially difficult in rural communities like Aminou’s, which makes his job all the more important to his community and family. “My son’s job is honorable and effective, I’m really proud of him,” says Rahamou.
Thanks to World Vision’s heath program, and dedicated volunteers like Aminou, the child illness and mortality rates have decreased, as more children receive the care they need.
“My dream is to become the first village doctor,” Aminou says. He is determined to reach his goal and hopes to continue taking more qualifications, preparing him to practice medicine as a profession in his community.
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