Keeping children healthy so they can learn.
We are improving the health of children through school-based community health.
Challenges we aim to solve
Our programs are administered in schools by the teachers who see these kids every day. This model helps build awareness and comfort of medical support with not only students, but educators, parents, and local government. Community buy-in and participation creates a sense of ownership that enables the long-term stability and success of these programs.
Two-thirds of Zambians live on less than $3.00 per day. For these parents, missing a day of work, and therefore a day of income, to take their child to the clinic can result in significant economic hardship. The illness of a child usually forces difficult decisions, and simple denial and delay is often the line of least resistance. Our model relieves some pressure from parents having to choose between economic stability and the health of their child.
TARGETING SCHOOL CHILDREN
Specialized pediatric care at nearly all Zambian government health facilities is reserved for children under five, with older children joining the adult stream at health facilities. This situation can be both intimidating and medically inappropriate. In Zambia, community outreach programs such as vaccination campaigns and deworming often miss school-aged children. Our model bridges this gap and connects children to the care they need.