You can provide a community healthcare worker at a Dalit school for $585 per month or $7,000 per year.
Healthcare workers are needed in all our schools; at present they are at 31 schools. The healthcare workers are an important part of DFN's health initiative, as they care for and educate both the students and the surrounding community. The health care workers' tasks include issuing physical check-ups, offering de-worming treatment, encouraging immunization, and providing nutrition and hygiene education.
Our healthcare workers, both men and women, are given extensive training in community health. This includes proper nutrition, importance of clean drinking water, personal hygiene, family planning, prevention and treatment of common illnesses, sexual health, and AIDS prevention. They play a critical role in rural Dalit communities, as they often work in areas with no other available health care.
Journal of a Healthcare Worker
"This past month I would like to report on the activities and health concerns of my school and village.
- Children sick this month: 18
- Children who required medical treatment by a doctor: 2
- All children in this school have received their vaccinations
- I visited the homes of a number of sick school children who were ill with measles, mumps and chickenpox and gave advice to their parents
- This past month the weather was so hot that the people suffered many illnesses; I tried to give guidance to prevent dehydration
- I also helped deliver two babies in the village"