As the year has been drawing to a close, the Global Programs Division has been compiling a document highlighting some of MAP’s greatest achievements this year. The document is about 30 pages long, so it is difficult to condense all of this great news into a short post, but here are a few quick highlights. I realize that not everyone who reads this will be familiar with each of MAP’s programs. I hope to remedy this through future blog posts, but in the meantime, you can direct your questions to Dr. Ravi Jayakaran email@example.com or myself firstname.lastname@example.org
And on to the highlights:
This year marks the second annual Community Heroes competition. (Check out last year’s competition here). Out of 16 nominated health promoters, 3 have been chosen, and they are from Indonesia, Ecuador, and Kenya. Look for details on them on MAP’s website (map.org) The winner will be voted on and announced in March—so be ready to go to our website and vote!
In partnership with Irish Aid, MAP distributed over 250 Sawyer Water Filters in Ecuador, Honduras, Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda, and Cote d’Ivoire. The filters are changing lives in 50 communities, and impacting over 7,000 people!
- MAP staff provided relief after the recent earthquake in Indonesia that resulted in a Tsunami. Last year they had responded in the same area after the Padang earthquake.
- The Tello Mobile Clinic provided health care in 18 islands in the region.
- The Community Pharmacies program is doing well, with 18 now successful
- the Total Health Village in Apatug is well underway and two more are in development
- after MAPs educational programs on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual abuse, and human rights, there has been a 90% reduction in the number of pregnancies in the Santo Domingo area, where they conducted classes
- the team distributed 150 wheelchairs donated by Free Wheelchair Mission to people who would never have been able to afford them
- the team has begun to identify and develop a Total Health Village (THV) with the Garifuna community
- the clinic in Chilimarca is running smoothly and serving over 9,000 community members
- the CUBE project, which supports children who are victims of sexual abuse, was able to successfully convict 23 predators of sex crimes. The team has even had an impact on the legal system through its advocacy programs.
- 170 nurses and other health personnel from 5 out of 10 regions were trained in Buruli Ulcer management and control, including early detection
- MAP has begun to build a THV in Tumiamayenko, a community of about 620 people. 82 families have been equipped with Sawyer Water Filters and 200 bed nets were distributed. It has been declared a ‘malaria-free zone’; health promoters are committed to keep the disease out.
In Cote d’Ivoire:
- MAP Cote d’Ivoire has already played a significant role in eradicating Guinea Worm from the country, along with the Carter Center and UNICEF. The WHO certification is awaited.
- One trajectory of this effort has been the development of programs in clean water and sanitation (WATSAN). This year, 20 villages have reached the Open Defecation Free stage of the project.
- MAP Cote d’Ivoire is also battling Buruli Ulcer, and this year their control project consisted of building the capacity of 600 health professionals, 1,163 community health workers, and 752 school teachers.
- two new THVs are being added, modeled after a THV in Kilonga that has been quite successful.
- the team distributed over 1000 medicated malaria nets, benefiting a total of 2,752 children
- MAP staff trained 88 new people as health promoters, they are making a significant impact in their communities
- malaria nets, blankets, and rapid-test kits were distributed to combat malaria, and a total of 10,733 patients were treated for malaria symptoms
Be sure to check back soon for highlights of MAPs other global programs!