In this edition of Global Health, learn how the Mozambique Health Board reached out to its communities to educate them about malaria and address their concerns; a new photo slideshow celebrates mothers everywhere; learn about a new partnership that is ensuring patient safety in the Philippines; and get a glimpse of Global Health’s impact over the last two years through a new resource.
Malaria Education up in Mozambique
Too often we assume we know what other people need. We gather a bunch of people together, we go out, and act. What if we said, “Wait a minute, why don’t we ask what the people want first?”
This is what the Mozambique Health Board of the Mozambique Annual Conference, led by Arlindo Romao, decided to do with their community.
Malaria was already a major concern to the communities surrounding Chicuque Rural Hospital, which provides health services to about 500,000 people in the province of Inhambane. So, the health board, with support from Imagine No Malaria and volunteers from a local university, began assessing the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and health practices of its community members.
Their initial assessment revealed that only 60 percent of the households had received complete education on malaria, with only 20 percent receiving their information from credible sources such as radio announcements or community health workers. Based on this knowledge, Arlindo and his team created strategies to improve their community reach for malaria education.
The team used radio messaging and trained community health workers to educate 1,500 community members on malaria awareness and bed net use.
Nine months later, a repeat community survey was performed. This time, there was a substantial increase in malaria education. The survey revealed that 88 percent of households received malaria education; 83 percent had been visited by community health workers; and 52 percent had heard malaria messaging on the radio. The surveys helped the health board team see that intentional community engagement creates positive change in a short amount of time.
According to the World Health Organization, between 1990 and 2015, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by about 44 percent. While, this is great news, about 830 women still die each day due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
This month, Global Health is celebrating mothers and women around the globe through a series of images that capture the heart, strength, and hope of mothers in Africa, Asia, North America, and Latin America.
Supporting Global Health’s Mother and Child Survival, Advance #982645, program is one way to celebrate mothers this month. The program works to decrease mortality and morbidity rates among women and children.
Watch the photo slideshow now.
Ensuring Patient Safety at Mary Johnston Hospital, Philippines
Last May, when 72 people died in a factory fire in the Philippines, the world grieved.
This was just one event in a series of natural and man-made disasters that the Philippines has experienced in the past. So, disaster preparedness has become a national concern and priority.
The Health System Strengthening program of Global Health is working to eliminate one potential fire hazard and threat that currently exists at Mary Johnston Hospital, a 120-bed United Methodist teaching hospital located in the Tondo area in the city of Manila.
The hospital, built 110 years ago, is not equipped with the proper fire safety measures in compliance with new government requirements and regulations. And, due to the close proximity of the hospital to residential buildings, a potential fire could not only threaten the hospital but its patients, staff, neighboring homes, and an entire community of nearly 26,000 residents who rely on the hospital’s vital health services.
In response, Global Health is partnering with Mary Johnston Hospital to provide the necessary funding to ensure this United Methodist hospital has what it needs to protect its patients and community.
The funding will support the installation of a hospital-wide automatic sprinkler system, as well as an access ramp that will extend from the ground floor to the third floor, providing a pathway in emergency situations for non-ambulatory patients.
Your gifts to Global Health, Advance #3021770 makes projects like this possible, protecting the lives of vulnerable populations and their basic access to healthcare.
Global Health Impact Resource
A new resource published in the March-April issue of New World Outlook magazine, highlights the impact of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit during the 2014-2015 period. More than 2 million beneficiaries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America benefitted from comprehensive health services.
View or download this resource to get a fuller picture of the impact of Global Health’s work through its multiple programs, which include Community-Based Primary Health Care, HIV and AIDS, Health Systems Strengthening, Imagine No Malaria, Maternal and Child Health, and Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence.
Photo 1: Mozambique community health workers. Photo: Piper Crisovan
Photo 2: A mother and her children in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Roman Hofer
Photo 3: The front entrance of Mary Johnston Hospital in the Philippines: Photo: Jun Sanchez