This is the second installment in our mini-series about our Health Development Coordinators. If you missed the first one, you can read it here.
As we shared a few weeks ago, VisionTrust has recently implemented the role of Health Development Coordinator in the countries we serve. Our second story of Local Heroes making a difference in the health of the children we serve comes from the Dominican Republic, where we have a very dynamic team sharing their great talents and amazing love with the children of the Dominican Republic.
MEET MARILUZ AND SOBEYDA
Mariluz, a dentist, and Sobeyda, a physician, are from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican team has used their education, background, and longstanding relationships with VisionTrust Dominicana to provide extraordinary leadership to ensure the children are becoming healthy. Mariluz recently shared,
“We have over 2,000 children that have been impacted through health education or intervention when needed. We have started with handwashing, hygiene, deworming, and financial help for specific chronic/acute health cases. Month after month, there are challenges and opportunities to see miracles happening! When we visit the schools [we] see how excited kids are to learn how to take care of their health with simple things such as washing their hands correctly or eat[ing] healthier.”
A typical month for the health team includes visits to programs to ensure high quality in our delivery of food and good facilities for hygiene and sanitation. The month also typically includes consultation with all the program leaders at a monthly leadership meeting. This month brought local healthcare providers to run special clinics with dermatologists to get ahead of fungal infections where we have challenges of children living in close proximity. The team also provided outstanding parental education on nutrition and handwashing. They are a busy team!
Staying healthy is a challenge for children when food is limited, water quality is poor, and life is hard. Thanks to the work of our Health Development Coordinators, we are making an impact not only in addressing illness, but in bringing health to their everyday lives.