As part of its post literacy activities, BAFROW medical centre continues to train literacy participants on the provision of basic health care services. It could be recalled that the first group of participants were trained in collaboration with the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital now Edward Francis Small teaching Hospital.
By the end of the training period. they are experts in basic clinical duties such as weighing of adults and children, giving injections, sponge bathing, and wound dressings. They were also trained in counseling, the prescription of drugs such as those used in the treatment of Malaria and palpation in pregnant women, and to look out for danger signs. During the training, the nurses in charge used daily assessment forms to determine their various performances, and at the end of the period they were presented with certificates of performances.
They work closely with the trained nurses at the clinics. The health and nutritional status of children in their communities are being monitored by these nurse assistants, and this has created an overall increase in the health of the communities.
BAFROW has learnt from experience that training people from a community to work in that very same community creates a sense of pride, ownership, and belonging both in the trainee and community members. The community trusts the trainee and participates actively in his/her activities.
Similarly, there is a sense of confidence and openness between trained nurse attendants and their community members. People rely on them not only for health Information, but also counseling. Their counseling interventions have played a very vital role in bringing couples together, in the maintaining of trust among partners, and among them and their communities. As a result, the nurse/patient barrier has been extensively reduced.