Agentes de Salud (Health Agents)
Project Restauración, Dominican Republic
Per Course: $375
Agentes de Salud is a program for training teenagers in health outreach for the community. Monthly trainings address leadership, sexual health, hygiene, and mosquito-borne illnesses. Those who graduate are able to assist FIMRC with additional outreach efforts. Costs for this project include all transportation and program costs during the training.
Our first health agents class was initially adopted by our Clemson University Chapter. We have now run the class with two different groups and have identified key elements needed to adapt the program and reach our objectives. The new program is run during after school hours to reach the most dedicated teenagers willing to make the commitment and will consist of monthly trainings with a community outreach assignment tied to each month’s topic. Topics include leadership, sexual health, hygiene, and mosquito-borne illnesses. Volunteer work is incorporated within the program and once the volunteers have completed the program they will receive a certificate, t-shirt and additional training as community health education needs come up. After graduating from the program, they will be able to assist FIMRC with additional outreach efforts within their communities.
There are currently three sectors covering ten communities which we plan to reach with our health agents class. These communities all have at least one health promoter currently trained by FIMRC. We plan to form one group of health agents per sector and link them with our health promoters so that they all have adult leaders volunteering with FIMRC they can look to within their community. We plan to have 10 – 15 health agents in each group. Costs for this project entail all transportation and program costs during the training program.
FIMRC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing modern medical care to disadvantaged families worldwide. Learn more at www.fimrc.org.