One outgrowth of the medical brigades was the start up of a training program where the local midwife and other interested women are trained to be the first line of defense in the remote villages. We call them Community Health Care Workers. So far, two ladies in LaMontanita are being trained in blood pressure and sugar level (for diabetics) monitoring. Today we had a chance to get an update on their progress.
They have 10 high blood pressure patients and 15 pregnant women in the program. They check their pressure on a regular basis and maintain records. In one case the blood pressure was so high, they sent the patient to the nearest hospital.
Next steps include nebulizer training.