Healthy children; happy mothers
“My name is Nyiramahoro Janine. I’m a mother of three; two daughters and a son. I gave birth to my last daughter in June 2012. My children’s health has improved greatly thanks to health care services provided by AAH Uganda here in Kyangwali.
“I didn’t know about the importance of immunisation so my first two children did not get their vaccinations on time. Luckily, they remained healthy, although other children in the village got sick with measles.
“Since the birth of my first two children, AAH Uganda community health workers and safe motherhood promoters have given me and my community a lot of very valuable health information. Through local women’s meetings and through home visits, we learnt about under five immunisation, growth monitoring, deworming and Vitamin A, proper feeding techniques and personal hygiene and sanitation. The community health workers were also important in mobilising our community for timely immunisation and integrated outreach clinics.
“Ever since I learned the importance of immunisation, proper breast-feeding and growth monitoring, the health of my last child has progressively improved. She is at the proper weight for her age, as I can see on the Child Health Card Weight Graph. She received all her vaccinations on time and was fully immunized at nine-and-a-half months.
“Today, we came to the Kazaroho outreach service for my daughter’s yearly deworming tablet. Many women have brought their children for immunisation. Even though they live far from the health centre, they can still get this important service because AAH Uganda goes into the villages on outreaches to make sure children get the vaccinations they need.
“As I have learnt how to keep my family healthy, I have shared the information with others in my village. I thank AAH Uganda for providing health education in the community so that we can expand our knowledge on how to keep our children healthy and happy.”
As told to Sister Joan Otimong, Public Health Care Officer.