World Centric x Integrate Health / 8 minute read
Healthcare is a human right, but millions around the world live without it. In developing countries where the vast majority live on less than $1.90/day, it's not uncommon for people to die from preventable and treatable conditions like diarrhea or malaria.
Nonprofit Partner: Integrate Health
photo: Integrate Health Community Health Workers in training.
Integrate Health is working to deliver the highest quality primary healthcare services to women and children in Togo, West Africa. They do this by training and employing 200+ Community Health Workers (CHW's), who are mostly women and provide home-based care.
Meet Viviane, a Community Health Worker
Like most young girls in Kamaka, Viviane married young. Despite both her and her husband working - he as a farmer, she making condiments at the local market - they were not able to make enough money to cover their basic expenses.
When Viviane heard that Integrate Health was recruiting CHWs to provide primary care to children in the community, she decided to apply and was accepted. Now Viviane has become one of the best CHWs in the region.
Through her work with Integrate Health, Viviane has earned the respect of her community. She is able to provide lifesaving care to children, follow up on the wellbeing of pregnant and postpartum women, and independently support herself and her family.
“Becoming a Community Health Worker has changed my life. I am proud of my current life and my ability to support my family. I no longer wait for my husband to give me money to pay for what I need. Once I get my salary, I can supply those things to myself. I can now also help my husband by paying for the fertilizer for the farm, or paying people who will go to work on the farm since I am no longer available to go all the time. I am very grateful for this opportunity and the chance I got to become a CHW with Integrate Health.”