BURERA - Partners in Health (PIH/Inshuti Mu Buzima), Wednesday donated bicycles to Community Health Workers in all Cells in Burera District to enhance the delivery of primary health services in rural areas.
At least 69 community health supervisors who received the bicycles committed to closely follow up the state of nutrition and health of pregnant mothers.
According to Emmanuel Kamanzi, PIH Project Manager in Burera District, the support will enhance monitoring and evaluation efforts to ensure that health interventions achieve their objectives at the village level.
The Community health workers offer a basic package of health services for infants, women of productive age, and patients with chronic communicable diseases at the community level.
“Training and materials that include: books, bags, gumboots, cell phones were delivered to more than 2,000 Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Burera.
It is time to supervise how all these interventions are being turned into service delivery to the communities that we are serving,” Kamanzi said.
The community health supervisors work under the supervision of heads of health centres.
“These will be our ambulances to help visit the community members. In my cell, I have ten villages I supervise. It was difficult to reach all those families,” said a beneficially, J Bosco Ntawugiruwe, from Rusumu cell.
“The bicycle will ease my work, to visit pregnant mothers and young children under the age of five years”.
According to statistics, child mortality in Burera District has dropped to 0.7 percent, use of family planning methods is set at 44 percent, while accessibility to health care has drastically improved.
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