Documenting Growth and Ensuring Healthy Kids

 Health workers in Thiamene Taba, Senegal documenting growth in children in the village. 

Health workers in Thiamene Taba, Senegal documenting growth in children in the village. 

Over the past several years, Andando has built health posts to serve rural communities around the Keur Soce area. These areas are difficult to access and people living there must often travel long distances to seek health care. In building these health posts, we have sought to bring healthcare to the people where they are, so they can live and thrive in their home villages.

After our initial construction investment, these posts are run and staffed entirely by trained nurses and midwives in those communities. They receiving training from the government and continue their education to keep up on new initiatives and developments. 

At a recent round of programs, staff took key measurements on children in the village. This helps them to establish healthy growth rates and monitor those who may be at risk for malnutrition. This also helps to connect with the parents as they are able to discuss options they might have for issues that may turn up. 

These are very simple facilities and are relatively inexpensive to build, but have an immediate and lasting impact on the people they serve. Health posts like this are a vital part of building healthier and more vibrant communities, and the people who work there are real heroes!