Check out this short video about the Mobile Health Team produced by my friend Lova, who is a member of it!
As part of Centre ValBio, the Mobile Health Team works in 20 rural communities around Ranomafana National Park in Ranomafana, Madagascar which are not accessible by vehicle (often 5 km or more from the nearest road). Receiving medical treatment is often difficult and expensive for these people. The health team spends three days in each village providing free clinic services while also teaching about health, hygiene, nutrition, and malaria prevention.
Since 2016, the team has had 9,385 consultations with villagers that may not have gotten healthcare otherwise. Consultations vary from skin infections, to seizure disorders, to malaria, and much more.
Below is a map that shows just how spread out these villages are, marked with a red cross, from CVB, marked with the lemur logo.
Pictured below is the tent often used for consultations, which is carried from village to village along with other supplies, and a consultation with Dr. Ando.
That's only a brief look into what its like being on the Health Team. Another huge part of what they do is education and outreach. They provide videos and presentations about health, about hygiene, and nutrition, in fun, engaging ways, as mentioned in Lova's video posted above. One of my favorite methods of education is the videos, these are projected onto a building and teach of eating well, keeping yourself and your water clean, staying healthy, and of course, some were just for fun. It's an innovative way to get people involved while also learning more.
I spent January of 2020 in Madagascar, and was lucky enough to get to tag along to Ampitambe and Ankazotsara with this amazing group of people. I went into the expedition expecting to learn how treating people in remote villages of a country with less financial resources than the United States was even possible, but I left with a new perspective on healthcare as a whole.
This would be a hard job anywhere, but to do it in Madagascar, which is considered one of the poorest countries in the world, where nearly 78% of the population lives below the poverty line ($1.90 per day) makes it even more challenging. This inspired me to reach out and try to help out the people that taught me the true importance of smiling, laughing, singing, and being there for your community.
Anything does help, even if it's just to help get camping chairs that are easy to travel with (and not broken) or other basics to make this already challenging task easier for those involved. I will be collecting the funds myself, and electronically transferring them directly to the Health Team in Madagascar.
If you want to read more about what CVB is doing for their community, you can visit their website here , or visit their facebook page here.
- Mike Idyle
- Michelle White
- David White
- Hannah Wrigley
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