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At Health Posts health

At a Health Post two local women, who have completed school and been away to do a one-year training course, are the first point of contact with the health care system for up to 5,000 people.

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At Health Centres health

The three Health Centres in Jidda are staffed by nurses, midwifes and technical staff.

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SUPPORT TO HEALTH WORKERS

In 2007 Jidda had two clinics, each with two nurses, serving a population of 56,000. Health administrators told us of the plans for the future and of difficulties with funding. Each year we have seen a steady increase in staff and buildings, but with the contents of the buildings lagging well behind.

There are now three Health Centres and 13 more remote Health Posts, but they are short of many things. There are no doctors.

When we go to Jidda we sit down with the local managers to discuss priorities and we talk to the midwives, nurses, Health Extension Workers and other staff about the things that would help them to do their jobs.

Each time we find simple things that we can do from a distance that will make a big difference.

Jidda

SHEPEthiopia is a working name for the "Support for Health and Education Projects in Ethiopia", UK charity No. 1161261

Page updated 14/04/2015