We’ve found, while traveling to VisionTrust countries, that many of the children and caregivers are excited to see nurses and doctors from the United States. A lot of the locals have had a long battle with illness, so it comes as no surprise that they see medical care professionals as warriors. But, the Global Health Team is trying to step out of the “warrior role” in order to help our communities better utilize local resources.
In every conversation the team emphasizes health is within the community’s grasp. We come to help them find their own health warriors and sustainable resources.
Recently while in the Cotui, a rural project in the Dominican Republic, we meet two local health warriors. Jenny is a teacher. She is passionate about helping the kids learn health habits such as hand washing and has committed to facilitate the project’s health education efforts. Jenny’s commitment may come from her inspirational mother, Marina, who is the supervisor of Cotui’s community health workers.
Marina is the true health warrior for Cotui. She and her team work with over 800 families. They go house to house to make sure children are immunized, that no standing water is left for mosquitos to grow and transmit disease, and that bed netting is used to prevent Dengue Fever. She also monitors access to good water, sanitation, and coaches mothers when to take sick child to seek care at the First Attention Center.
We are truly blessed to have Marina and Jenny as our partners in health! We lift them up and pray that God can fortify them to keep their efforts moving forward and that our children will learn much from their community health warriors.