Paediatric primary care and community health improvement in Meki, Ethiopia
The project of the Pablo Horstmann Foundation and the collaborating entities Alter and Willys aims to improve the health of mothers and children in Meki by reducing morbidity and mortality rates in children under five years of age, and in lactating and pregnant women. Its mission entails a fight against malnutrition and prioritising health-related education, both in the "Let Children Have Health" Paediatric Clinic and through a community health programme carried out in rural villages.
We also wish to promote community health in Kebeles through the training of state health workers in rural clinics, the organization of seminars and talks with state health agents, and the provisioning of resources for them to train mothers and young people on basic health, hygiene and nutrition issues. Finally, we aim to encourage discussions regarding health education and prevention for women in the area.
Also benefitting directly are the 86,700 women of Meki, who will receive health-related training and education in their villages. It is estimated that women of childbearing age number 40,000, while pregnant women requiring obstetric and prenatal care total 7,200.
The indirect beneficiaries are the 170,000 people who make up the general population of Meki.