July 14, 2011
The chief’s wife in Pah Panang village, Boualapa districtm clears away the dishes from dinner- steamed fish, fish soup, and sticky rice. Night has fallen while were eating, and community members have quietly slipped in during the meal to join us on the floor. Soukasien, the IRD Health Officer, and I are here to assess a small first aid program.
A little over a year ago, remote communities with limited access to even their local health clinic were chosen from the 150 communities that IRD currently serves. A volunteer within each community was identified, provided a large first aid kit, and given a three day training to learn how to diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries. While the community volunteer was, of course, free to treat other community members, the priority was providing basic care to children attending school. READ MORE