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The experience I have got is that most of the local people do not give a lot of attention to health concerns because they lack knowledge about the presence, effects, transmission and prevention or control of many of the very dangerous diseases. They also have a belief that there will always be a governmental or any organisational program to sensitise them and provide free treatment in case a dangerous health concern arises.
And even though the services have been availed, most people have not received and embraced them due to either lack of awareness about their availability or, most of the service delivery points are so far away from the rural residences.
The services offered especially by the government are inadequate and do not serve the entire population of target and to counter this, some people who have money go for private treatments but since most people are poor, this option is inefficient.
Therefore we would like to ensure maximum sensitisation to create awareness and develop an advocacy network to ensure maximum service provision and perpetuate active participation by the local people.
We have worked with partners like local governments, religious leaderships, ministry of health (regional hospitals) and some NGOs which provide free medical services.