Facilitating basic healthcare access for women and children from 3 isolated villages (Morocco)
- Focus: Health
- Location: Morocco
- Start date: As soon as possible (January 2019 – November 2019)
- Club / Union : Soroptimist Club of Cannes (France)
- Number of women/girls this project reached/will reach: 800
Goals of the project
- To identify the recurrent health issues of the population affected by the project;
- To provide this population with the necessary primary care;
- To identify the needs of local Moroccan healthcare professionals (practising in the region) in terms of training, equipment, medical supplies, etc.;
- To assess existing “structures” (nearest hospital in the region, local village association, etc.);
- To launch continued training and support for local healthcare professionals;
Objectives of the project
- To improve (as far as is possible in 10 days) the symptomology of women (young and old) and children with various minor health problems;
- To train as many local voluntary stakeholders as possible from the villages in first aid techniques during the 10-day mission;
- To train enthusiastic local healthcare professionals from various specialities in the techniques they lack (taking into consideration their wishes and needs) within the specified time;
- To forge associative and institutional partnerships in order to energise the project and ensure it lasts.
Methods and implementation
The Club has already raised €1,000 for this project through several events. In 2015, thanks to various sponsors and volunteers, it also dispatched computers donated and repaired by the Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes, school equipment, and books from the HARJES association, etc.
The Club is currently appealing to healthcare professionals from the Alpes Maritimes with experience in humanitarian medicine to form a team to travel to this area as soon as the project receives sufficient funding, with donated or recovered medical equipment and medication (appeal made to pharmaceutical companies) to provide basic health care.
We have met with the President of the Council of the Province of DRIOUCH and the province’s Head of Social and Health Affairs to inform them of our project and suggest a partnership with them to have their agreement for established administrative formalities.
We have signed an agreement with a local association that will provide us with concrete support and that will be present during the mission (bringing together local health professionals, interpreters, logistics, etc.).
With the help of the Rif association, we have identified some of the population who will be affected by this project.
The project manager and mission reference will be our club member Mrs Ouarda Kaaboun-Liautaud.
The project involves 3 Moroccan villages in the province of DRIOUCH in the RIF region in northern Morocco on the Mediterranean coast. This represents approximately 1,800 inhabitants.
Our project responds to the need we observed during our first trip in 2015 to improve local women’s and girls’ literacy and digital literacy.
This population suffers from various health problems and has no access to basic health services (dental, gynaecological, eye and paediatric care, etc.), and, worse still, there is no screening. Our Club became aware of the problem through one of our members who knows and often visits these villages where her grandmother lives.
Our project will enable a professional assessment of women’s and children’s healthcare needs to be made, and primary health care and advice to be provided.
The success of this initial mission will be measured by:
- Improvements in the symptomology of those treated (for minor health problems) and screening for certain diseases;
Approximate number of people concerned: 800.
- Improvements in access to local health facilities (hospital) for 10 days, thanks to 4X4 vehicles that can cover the distances between villages linked by tracks (where buses cannot travel);
- The development (simulation and assessment) of emergency first-aid skills for people wishing to undergo training;
- The development of additional skills (assessed by the medical team) for professionals wishing to acquire these skills;
- The development of new skills for the women themselves (e.g. breast self-examination, caring for new-born babies, dealing with minor childhood accidents and illnesses, etc.);
The local community will thus be less abandoned with regard to its health problems and will be able to learn how to manage crisis situations (emergency first aid), detect problems (breast cysts, etc.) and cope with benign disorders (minor wounds, pains, dizzy spells, childhood fevers, basic care for new-born babies, convulsions, etc.).
The number of agreements signed with various institutional and associative partners .
Evaluation – Follow-up
A list of people received will be drawn up, with one file per patient to be completed by the doctors and nurse. Doctor-patient confidentiality will be respected. Our nurse will record data anonymously in questionnaires so that the information can be processed (symptoms on arrival, diagnosis, treatment, advice and eventual further treatment planned).
A questionnaire will be given out to all the local healthcare professionals and volunteers to determine the quality of the training given, their needs and their expectations. Meetings will be organised: one at the beginning with the team of healthcare professionals from France to launch the action, another meeting half way through the mission to check that all is going ahead as planned and one at the end for feedback.
The project can become a long-term action by, we hope, building the trust and loyalty of the team formed (medical and paramedical) and regularly funding missions. In the long term, we hope to build a small, well-equipped and safe dispensary. We intend to forge long-term partnerships.
The Club will be responsible for regularly assessing the situation of the women and children by returning to the area at the request of the initially-trained team. We plan to return on a regular basis, continue to train local healthcare professionals and support them with our presence and by sending or bringing various equipment and medication, especially after the construction of the dispensary.
The Club intends to continue supporting these villages in the future.
Thank you to the following Clubs/Unions:
SI Grand Casablanca