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Mirriam had only to gaze up at us with her big brown eyes and we knew our lives would never be the same. We met her when she was two years old, HIV positive, and facing an uncertain future. She’s not unlike the other 12 million AIDS orphans in SubSahara Africa.
Mirriam’s now our ‘boss’. If you’d like to meet her, click on ‘The Boss’ and see if you’d like to work for her too.
HealthEd Connect builds on a solid foundation of 20 years of experience with volunteer Community Health Workers who are directly involved with the families and special needs in their villages. Many of these villages are now facing incredible challenges as the number of orphaned children, primarily due to HIV/AIDS, has grown dramatically and the typical surviving caregiver is an aging grandmother who has lost both her husband and children. Going forward, HealthEd Connect will remain flexible and adaptive by connecting villagers and their leaders to expanding visions of possibilities, targeted training, and access to resources.
Talk about ingenious! The Sinkhani healthworkers in Malawi may not have the latest in technology but they have certainly devised an efficient way to measure children. Called a "Measuring Box" the older children stand in the box to be measured while babies are laid down in a smaller box.
This small rural village of Dwangwa faces ongoing health challenges. Experiencing yet another crop failure and famine in 2015, many babies are born prematurely and fail to survive while older children are malnourished with weak immune systems. This particular village, which suffers an ongoing problem with lack of water, is in a remote location that requires mothers to walk long distances to take their children to clinics.
While mothers are waiting to have their children weighed and measured, the Sinkhani organize the mothers into 4 groups for classes: one for those with malnourished children, one for those with thriving children, one for those needing immunizations and one for mothers wanting information on family planning. In 2015 the Sinkhani health worker volunteers in Malawi weighed and measured 18,923 babies in 15 clinics.