Volunteers With No Medical Training Are Fighting Diseases The World Ignores

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. For people suffering from painful diseases in remote parts of the world, neighbors volunteering as health educators can be their best shot at getting help. Ordinary people, without any formal medical training, have stepped up to teach others about common illnesses in the province of Nampula, Mozambique, which has one of the highest rates of neglected tropical diseases in the country ― but where many people live in remote, rural communities, far from any health centers. As part of a pilot program from the nonprofit Malaria Consortium and the ministry of health, about 150 volunteers have been trained since 2014 to hold monthly “community dialogues” in villages, gathering large groups of people to talk about neglected diseases. They discuss how to recognize symptoms and when and where to seek treatment, often handing out pamphlets with illustrations depicting the diseases, since not all people in the area are literate. “These diseases are affecting rural, removed communities with low education levels and where poverty is huge,” Sandrine Martin of Malaria Consortium told The Huffington Post. “In some provinces, you can have up to 80 percent of people who have these diseases, and people are usually infected with several at once.” These are illnesses such as schistosomiasi...
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