Submitted by Michaela Sholes
Effective wound management is one of the main things we will be discussing in the coming ETCHE training session. Injuries happen everywhere in the world, but in the rural areas things can get complicated quickly due to a variety of factors. A small cut or insect bite can quickly turn into a raging infection, causing pain and additional challenges that could often have been avoided in the event that effective and maintained cleaning were present.
In addition to Lydia’s experience, we have seen the effects of these challenges time and time again. Last year in the Fulani camp, Asamau developed a severe infection which affected the nerves in her hand, all because a stick had punctured her small hand. Even though her family did take her to the hospital, she still faced challenges related to environment and health literacy.
It is for this reason that we feel it is necessary to provide our community volunteers with training in basic first aid, to be able to quickly and effectively manage and stabilize injuries when they occur.