My name is Angela Adrikos, a 30 year old midwife married with a 4 year daughter, called Nyamungu Rita Faith. I am currently the acting in-charge of Awere health center 111 and have been working as a midwife in Awere HCIV for the last 4 years.
I am grateful to Amref Health Africa for the support rendered to this facility. We have benefitted from a number of capacity building programs provided by Amref Health Africa. I was trained in sexual reproductive health and provision of Youth Friendly Services in 2011 and had a refresher in late 2012. This training increased my knowledge about working with young people. I have been able to encourage behavior change and the youth are currently accessing free condoms to protect themselves against S.T.Is from the youth corners we provide as well as free guiding and counseling services related to Sexual Reproductive Health in the health facility and at integrated outreaches.
I was also one of the 15 beneficiaries from Pajule Health Sub-district of an ICT outreach programme. I was trained on basic computer skills for six days in Pajule HC1V. The training focused on improving our knowledge and skills development, management and processing of data for easy delivery of health messages to the community as part of awareness creation.
This training changed the way I perceived the world basing on the fact that by the end of the six days, I was able to type words, save and I now have an email address which I use to communicate with my friends. I am also able to search for information online and print out.
It was a good experience for us especially since we live from the district and don’t have access to free computer classes which we were informed are conducted in Amref Health Africa Pader field office. I am grateful because I never dreamt of getting such an opportunity were it was not for Amref Health Africa to extend these service nearer to us.
When I was furnished with a laptop and modem at my place of work, I was able to utilize the computer knowledge I had got from the training. I was required to use the computer to fill in the data from the community vulnerability surveillance programme and send to the District Health Officer’s office via email. I was delegated by our in-charge to take lead in Awere HCI11 because of my competence in using computer applications including internet services. I also imparted this knowledge to most of my colleagues in the nearby facilities who did not have these skills.
Currently, whenever I am in Pader District and want to check my email, I go by the Amref Health Africa office where I also search for information related to my field of work and as well do practice so as to keep myself updated with the system and improve my proficiency. I do not have a computer although I plan to acquire one with time. There are still no computers in most of the health facilities but there have been promises and we are optimistic that government or Amref Health Africa will provide them soon to help in management and dissemination of health information.
I would like to say that Amref Health Africa has done a lot worth mentioning in Awere HCIV besides capacity building of staff. For instance, the laboratory Amref Health Africa has renovated for us is another sustainable investment and evidence of Amref Health Africa’s great work to our facility. When the laboratory will be fully equipped, we shall be able to provide a wide range of quality services to the people we serve.
Finally, Amref Health Africa has supported immunisation efforts and Integrated Adolescent Reproductive Health Outreaches in Awere HCIV. Amref Health Africa has further trained Village Health Teams who have continued to impact on people’s lives especially in hard to reach areas by referring patients to the nearest health facilities.