Improving children’s health in Vanuatu

Save the Children train health workers and construct aid posts in Vanuatu to improve the well-being of children and families.

In Vanuatu, Save the Children train and support health workers to treat common health problems and recognise more serious conditions. We also build and maintain aid posts, from which we deliver basic health services.

Why improving health services in Vanuatu is important

Many people in Vanuatu have limited access to healthcare. Dispersed islands, extreme terrain, large socio-economic gaps, limited communications, and poor transport and health service infrastructure all inhibit access.

In the 1970s, the Vanuatu Ministry of Health introduced the Village Health Worker program to ensure everyone could access basic health services. Save the Children has been working in partnership with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to run the program since 1998. During this time we've provided 97,000 people with direct access to healthcare.

Save the Children's Village Health Worker program

Village Health Workers are community volunteers who receive training and support to treat common health problems, such as malaria, scabies, acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea and worms. They also help to educate communities about disease prevention and maintaining good health.

Village Health Workers are also trained to recognise more serious health conditions. They refer these cases to appropriate healthcare providers, such as clinics and hospitals within the formal health system.

We also construct, maintain and manage aid posts, which are designed to be cyclone proof.

How we know we're making a difference

Since 2011, 88 communities have re-established delivery of basic healthcare services through the construction of 22 new aid posts and the renovation of 66 aid posts.

Fifty-nine new Village Health Workers have been trained and are delivering basic curative and preventative health services for their communities. We have also run refresher training for 162 existing Village Health Workers so they can provide basic health services for their communities.

Who makes our program possible

Save the Children delivers this program in partnership with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

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