VHT Fact Sheet Tri-panel

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<ol><li> 1. Family planning (child spacing) Pregnancy, delivery, and care of newborn baby Adolescent sexual and reproductive health Breast feeding Food &amp; nutrition Abuse &amp; violence Immunization Mental health Water &amp; sanitation Hygiene First aid VHTs teach the community about... Diseases Families Home Giving treatment and man- aging simple illnesses in the home Sexually transmitted diseas- es such as HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis (TB) How do VHTs help the community? Record Model Save Lives Link Mobilize Visit Support what? Community mapping Birth &amp; Death register Village register why? Know up-to-date details of my village and community what? Practice what I teach why? The community will see me as a healthy role model what? Know danger signs Referrals to nearest health unit Make sure all children are immunized Send all women for health checks before &amp; after birth Make sure all newborn babies get health checks Give treatment at home why? Health care, treatment, and checks prevent diseases, disability, and death what? Health units and health workers to my village so the community gets the ser- vices it needs why? Engaging in health activities together builds up a healthy community what? The village for health activities Health workers to attend to community Reporting diseases in village why? Engaging in health activities together builds up a healthy community what? Patients at home Our neighbors for healthy habits Community groups for health talks why? To ensure treatment To improve hygiene and care To give advice to people on changing habits what? People with disabilities HIV+ people Neighbors with problems why? To see if they are okay, or if they need help and referrals to people who can help them </li><li> 2. Village Health Teams GWED-G, in partnership with GlobeMed, works to reduce HIV infection and maternal mortality in Northern Uganda, while preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. How do we do this? We work with village structures like VHTs and health center staff to scale up HIV prevention efforts, integrating them with maternal health and newborn care. What is a VHT? A Village Health Team is a person chosen by their own community to promote the health and well-being of all village members. Their purpose is to: Mobilize the community for health action Promote health to prevent disease Treat simple illnesses in the home Check for danger signs in the community Report community sickness to health workers Keep village health records up to date What are the responsibilities of a VHT? VHT responsibilities include: Action for community improvement Taking danger signs to the health unit Controlling infection during disease outbreaks Referrals for services Treatment support at home Promoting family planning in the community Giving health information to the health unit Home Visits Home visits help us find out the health and social needs of individuals and families. They help us connect to our commu- nities and keep us aware of our neighbors needs. Who we visit Why a home visit? Skills for home visits For productive home visits, VHTs should Get on well with neighbors Know about health See danger signs Always be able to report events in the community Listen to others Respect themselves and their neighbors Not judge people Respect privacy and secrecy To see any danger signs and save lives To link people to health services that can improve their lives To provide care and support to your com- munity To help change health habits To make sure medicines are taken correctly To take record of what is in the home All homes in the community should be visited, especially those of People who the health worker has asked us to help HIV+ pregnant mothers Babies and young children born to HIV+ mothers People with disabilites (PWD) People with HIV-related mental illness People with social problems </li></ol>