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EMPOWERING WOMEN & CHILDREN
THROUGH HEALTH & EDUCATION
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.
The aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal is an ever-present reality. Clean-up operations are beginning to make headway but continuing aftershocks, rain, and mudslides present challenges every step of the way. Many previously blocked roads are now open but washed out areas, debris and mud continue to make travel hazardous. Recovery will not be easy or fast. An emerging problem in the Biratnagar area is the threat of Kala-Azar, a potentially fatal disease spread by sandflies. There are no preventive immunizations and few treatment options. Mosquito nets, however, do offer a measure of protection. Pinkey Malla, HealthEd Connect Nepali Representative, is initiating a program in Biratnagar in early July. She is working with a local volunteer doctor and one of our soyamsabika who also happens to be a nurse, to present an awareness program for approximately 100 families. Following the presentation, family-sized (think indoor tent) mosquito nets will be distributed to attendees. A special emotional support program will also be conducted for children experiencing post-traumatic stress from the earthquake. A more indepth support program is being developed for children in the rural areas near the epicenter of the earthquake.
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