In Uganda and Afghanistan, volunteers are the front line of health services, helping pregnant women and treating common but potentially fatal diseases.
This mother followed the breastfeeding customs of her village in Afghanistan — throw out your first milk; it is harmful to your baby. But then World Vision trained her community about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, nutrition, and handwashing, which put her daughter on the path to improved health.
Mobile technology allows health workers to use their cellphones to send and receive patient information, including progress reports, medical records, and reminders about appointments and treatments. They can also access a wealth of medical information and connect to consulting physicians.
Western Afghanistan is a region with one of the highest under-5 mortality rates and where maternal death in childbirth is a serious concern. The 10×10 film “Girl Rising” shows how these issues affect women in Afghanistan and how education can help them.