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Mechanic to Health Worker in Three Months

19 July 2011
Malaria Consortium is working in Mozambique to bring health care to the most remote communities. Village members are coming forward to be trained to providing life-saving care to those who need it most.

Miguel Tomas, 27, was a mechanic only a few months ago. Now, he plays a critical role as a community health worker in his remote village in Mozambique. "I like this job," he says, "I’m helping my community to make our life better.”

Integrated community case management (ICCM), as it is known, provides community based-care for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria through training and equipping community based health agents to diagnose and treat these three killers.

ICCM focuses on the widespread use of diagnostics for pneumonia and malaria, appropriate treatment and community health education. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is funding Malaria Consortium’s ICCM activities in Mozambique. The Planet Wheeler Foundation is also supporting our training of community based health agents such as Miguel together with the Mozambique Ministry of Health.

Read more about how Miguel was selected to work as a community health worker and what he is doing to diagnose and treat sick children in his village.

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