Look, Listen and Learn: Learning Lessons from Dad
|The team carrying record bags and the vaccine cooler|
|We walked to a ridge on the side of the|
volcano, where there was a welcome breeze
The list of visits for the day included the names of 74 children. Of the 891 persons living in the neighborhood, 74 were under 5 years of age, and their vaccination records needed to be checked. In communities with health promoters, the vaccination rate is 100%. Each family receives 8 visits per year, for vaccinations, holistic education, and water monitoring. Keeping track of water storage and disposal is critical in the fight against dengue and chikungunya.
Vaccination records are kept by the promoters in plastic-covered notebooks. These log books are meticulously scrutinized by the clinic directors, and by the bosses of the clinic directors. Each child or adult keeps his or her personal book of vaccination and medical records at home. Children have green books. Pregnant women have their own special books. The information in the patient books is cross-checked to be sure that it matches the information in the clinic notebooks.
"It's not about the numbers, but the person."
|Elias talking with a young mom about hygiene|
Literally, Elias is the Team Dad. His daughter became a health promoter in 2008, and works right along side her father. Watching the two of them working together was quite a treat. He watched his daughter with pride sparkling in his eyes. She nurtured the relationships which he had grown over the years. We met families who lived in a wide set of circumstances. Our route came to its end in a neighborhood which had a wide street and homes made of concrete block. The morning shift of school let out, and a big group of kids ran down the road to greet us. "Hello!" "Good afternoon, how are you?" Children are always eager to try out their English on a couple of native speakers. We walked up to the school to visit an adult technical training program for aspiring beauticians. If we return, they will want to cut and dye our hair!
|Beauty School Class|