Imagine a mother watching her child. She understands at a glance whether he is healthy as always or incubating an illness. Imagine a mother caressing the forehead of her child. She does not need a thermometer to know whether he has a temperature. “Mothers as doctors” wishes to build on this sensibility and empower mothers as healers in a region where access to doctors is very limited and children mortality still high (up to 4%). Children mortality can be ascribed to five main causes:
and researches show that mortality rates among children could be greatly reduced by cost-effective measures such as vaccines, antibiotics, micronutrient supplementation and oral rehydration therapy.
On these premises, a trained female population can become a valuable resource to provide simple health care and prevent serious consequences of most common diseases for children. The aim of this idea is to improve the health care service in rural areas by creating a capillary system of knowledgeable mothers easily at hands where a doctor is not available. Health care will be organized as a social business, and health care services and medicines will be provided for small fees to the local community.
1. Future health care provider (typically jobless mothers) will be offered a medical training focusing on most common diseases
2. A health care provider will be provided with basic medicaments, like disinfectant, bandages, anti-fever medicaments, condoms, contraceptive pills, and even penicillin as wide-range antibiotic. They will pay the medicaments they have sold and return the unused expired ones.
3. A health care provider will act as a first reference for most health issues in her community.
4. Each health care provider must provide at least one free-based training to another potential health provider per year.
5. Around these health care figures an educational program can be started for most critical issues such as teenage pregnancy, HIV, etc.