MGY has been working with communities in the Peruvian Amazon to help provide resources to Health Promotores, assisting with the development of sustainable health capacity where there is limited and often unobtainable health access.
Health Promotores in the Amazon are currently utilizing mobile health (mHealth) applications on tablets to assist with medical protocols, continued education with medical podcasts, and to monitor disease surveillance in a region with very little surveillance data. Following MGY's approach, a program has been implemented based on community needs and is currently at Stage 4 in the process of development. Current medical protocols in the Amazon include Malaria diagnosis with rapid assay, hemorrhage control, wound care, pediatric emergency education and treatment(including zincc/rehydration solutions), and much more.
MGY is currently working the the NGO, Northern Uganda Medical Mission (NUMEM) to continue a large-scale community health worker (CHW) training program that began spring 2016. This program focuses on training CHW's to provide rural sustainable care including basic emergency medicine in Northern Uganda where there is limited access to care.
The training program is following a community participation model similar to that introduced in the Peruvian Amazon. The mHealth instruction application was redeveloped by the CHWs themselves after the initial implementation. Additionally, Information Communication Technology is ongoing and currently used to connect rural community health posts to NUMEM's clinic in Pader, Uganda to facilitate disease and treatment monitoring as well as emergency response.
A special thanks to Arizona Osteopathic Charities for their support with the 2018 training! With their help, we purchased tablets for all VHTs (50 in total representing over 50,000 community members).