143 BHWs and Clusters Leaders now trained to perform vital signs assessment in communities
Many far-flung and low-income barangays struggle for accessible primary health care services due to the insufficient number of health workers who are equipped to bring such services to these areas. Fortunately, the presence of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and elected health cluster leaders in the field have been beneficial in determining and providing the basic health care needs of their respective communities. Given the fundamental role of BHWs and elected health cluster leaders, it is only imperative to strengthen their capacity by providing them the proper tools, knowledge, and skill set to guarantee quality health service delivery on the ground.
In pursuit of this goal, Health Futures Foundation, Inc. (HFI) trained BHWs and Cluster Leaders, from five (5) ALAGA KA Barangays in Batangas: Luya in San Luis (READ: BHWs and Cluster Leaders of Luya, San Luis, Batangas now equipped with ALAGA KA Kits), Pansol in Taal, San Jose in Tuy, Mabilog na Bundok in Lobo, and Bungahan in Cuenca. 143 BHWs and CLs completed their training on vital signs assessment led by their respective ALAGA KA Community Health Nurse (CHN) and received their certificates and ALAGA KA Kits within November 2021 and January 2022.
Upon passing the skills assessment, successful BHWs and CLs also received their own ALAGA KA Kit provided by HFI to better equip them in providing health services. Each ALAGA Kit contains a blood pressure (BP) apparatus, thermometer, clock, tape measure, and pulse oximeter. In addition to this, ALAGA KA bags and shirts were also given to the BHWs and CLs. These tools are essential for vital signs assessment and anthropometric measurement which include BP taking, temperature taking, oxygen saturation taking, and waistline measurement (for waist to hip ratio).
Equipped with new knowledge, skills, and tools, the BHWs and CLs are now empowered and committed to delivering better quality health services to the members of their respective communities
In partnership with Sun Life Foundation, this initiative is part of HFI’s Community-based Health and Wellness Program (CBHWP) which aims to empower the communities and its constituents by organizing cluster groups, conducting capacity-building activities for BHWs and CLs on different health and wellness topics, and facilitating health promotion and mobilization activities at the grassroots level.
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