Five elements of health care
The five main elements of the Health project
Norlha has identified five main areas of activity for its healthcare project. These five elements are:
· Health promotion;
· Mother and child health;
· Building the capacities of the healthcare staff;
· Tibetan traditional medicine;
· Architectural development of the healthcare environment.
The Health Promotion project has been set up to bring education and awareness to the local population about health issues such as good hygiene and avoiding contamination, vaccination, nutrition and prevention of STD, etc. The programme is intended to sensitise local people to these subjects by putting in place workshops in the local villages and nomad encampments and will oversee distribution of all relevant information.
Health Promotion is a powerful tool which will help in reducing infections and avoiding illness while also benefiting social development. Education and good health are closely linked: a better level of education brings an improvement in the health and well-being of the communities.
Mother and Child Health
Norlha is working to develop and strengthen the competences and care available in both paediatrics and gynaecology. Programmes are being set up to provide ante-natal care for pregnant mothers and the healthy development of their babies, by contributing to their good nutrition. Raising the awareness of all the new mothers to the issues of health and hygiene takes a crucial place in this programme.
This component is particularly oriented towards reducing the death rates linked to pregnancy and labour complications and to ensuring universal access to both pre and post natal care. There is an urgent need to invest in the health care systems to guarantee the survival of the women and children.
Reinforcement / strengthening of human resources and training of care staff.
Norlha is strengthening the competencies of the Primary and secondary healthcare personnel by way of continuing education and training; the recruitment of qualified doctors and engaging the support of European experts in their field. Norlha is also providing some basic training to specialists in order to ensure all new personnel have the relevant skills and receive continuing education.
This on-going training aims to improve the efficiency and the quality of diagnosis and putting in place the best possible care package. The programme offers, on the long term, a local, well-resourced and autonomous health centre for the inhabitants of the region.
Tibetan Traditional Medicine
Norlha supports the local production of good quality traditional medicines and offers the chance for around 50 young people to be trained in traditional medicine; who will in turn train future specialists. This project contributes to the maintenance of local knowledge in compliment to modern medicine.
Supporting the production of traditional medicines allows for the preservation of traditional Tibetan medicine, contributes to long lasting self-financing of the clinic and quality medicine which is affordable and safe. Also, there will be an exchange of technical knowledge with medical experts.
Improvement in the architecture of Hospitals and clinics
The clinic is being developed and enlarged (6 new spaces of around 50m2) and the treatment rooms (are being equipped with drinking water, proper flooring and washable furniture etc. Along with the purchase of basic medical equipment , this will enable the local inhabitants to have access to treatment and medical care without them have to travel long distances, and prevent them dying due to lack of money.
By establishing a health centre of good size and quality, this element of the project enables improvement in the quality of medical care, and therefore the quality of life of the population. It is instrumental in reducing the risk of sickness and infection being transmitted. And will increase the opportunity for local people to have real access to health care.