Community Health Volunteers ~ Week Long Training & Certification

By Walter Echesa, RN

From January 13th to January 17th, 2020, HopeCore held its first five-day level 1 certification training for Community Health Volunteers.

200 Community Health Volunteers gather for HopeCore’s first level 1 certification training

Village HopeCore Public Health Program supports 206 Community Health
Volunteers (CHVs). The CHVs are crucial in our mission of building healthy communities through their health promotion activities such as door-to-door health education, tracing of immunization and TB defaulters, nutritional assessments and referrals. To enable them to perform these functions more efficiently they require sufficient skills.

It is due to this reason that the department organized a 5-day CHV level 1 certification training from 13th -17th January 2020 at PCEA Ebenezer Kairuni Church. The main partners in the training were Village HopeCore International, Medtreks International and the County Government of Tharaka Nithi.

The training was officially opened on Monday 13th by the Chief Officer Public Health and Sanitation County Government of Tharaka Nithi, Fridah Muthoni Murungi and the Village HopeCore president and founder, Dr. KK Mugambi.

HopeCore public health team who were instrumental in conducting the 5-day training

Three officials from the county; the Mwimbi Sub-county Public Health Officer, Muthambi Sub County Public Health Officer and the Community Health strategist Tharaka Nithi attended the 5-day training for support, independent observation & feedback.

All 200 Community Health Volunteers with the team from MedTreks International

The training content was organized in 7 modules and the topics covered were;

Day 1: Community Health strategy, Community Leadership, Problem-solving, communication, counseling, advocacy, and social mobilization.

Day 2: Community Dialogue, Family planning, Healthy lifestyle, newborn and childcare and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH).

Day 3: Maternal Health, prevention of injuries (including falls, poisoning, burns, choking and drowning), common conditions {cough, nosebleeds, eye conditions, ear conditions, skin conditions (scabies, tinea, jiggers infestations) and diarrhea, common injuries (wounds, burns, fractures, bites & stings) and disease surveillance.

MedTreks nurse Michelle, demonstrating proper technique for a choking infant as CHVs use their phones to record her technique so they can refer to it later on if needed.

Day 4: Specific disease prevention (Malaria, TB, STI), Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), danger signs in children, lifesaving skills (theory)

Day 5: Management and use of community health information

Dr. Esther demonstrating how to appropriately care for a sick infant during the CHV training

The skills trained in practice stations were: Breastfeeding (Correct latching), MUAC measurement and interpretation, How to check mother-child booklet & interpret growth curve & identify immunization defaulters, kangaroo care, how to give Vitamin A and dewormers, how to appropriately use water guard, correct handwashing procedures, first aid during nosebleeding, how to prepare and administer Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORS).

Medtreks International facilitated skills training in vital signs and sick child, CPR, Wound care, Splinting, Chocking.

The training methods included group discussions, brainstorming, practice, use of videos, PowerPoint. There was a pretest for an initial knowledge survey, a daily quiz to evaluate understanding of topics taught during the day and post-test. Certificates were then awarded during the closing ceremony on Friday.

Dr. KK Mugambi, HopeCore CEO and Founder is personally delivering the certificates to each Community Health Volunteer

It was a very successful week and we look forward to having another certification training for our Community Health Volunteers in August 2020.

To learn more about our program or to join our teams in Kenya, please contact us!

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