River Cess County Health Team Ends Training for Community Health Assistants

CESTOS, River Cess – About 40 community health assistants have received training from the county health team in collaboration with Last Mile Health, an organization that works to improve healthcare in remote communities.

For 10 days, the CHAs were trained in household registration, community mapping, and death and birth recordings.

Ellen Payne, a registered nurse who was one of the facilitators, told The Bush Chicken that the CHAs would also learn to identify cases such as polio, measles, and diarrhea.

“This is just module one of the training after which they will be able to identify cases, and encourage pregnant women to go to the hospitals or clinics for treatment,” Payne said. “Each CHA is expected to visit one home in their assigned area every month, and they will be supervised by Community Health Services Supervisors, or CHSSs.”

                                    RN Ellen Payne is one of the CHSSs facilitating the training. Photo: Eric Doue

RN Ellen Payne is one of the CHSSs facilitating the training. Photo: Eric Doue

According to CHSS Karana Weefar, each of the CHAs has about 40 to 60 households in their area of assignment.

Last Mile Health is an international non-governmental organization working with the county health team mainly in the area of community health.

The training, which ran from Jan. 18-28, was held in the conference room of the River Cess County Health Team in Cestos.

Featured photo by Eric Doue

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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