CHAM Community Health and Microcredit Program

PAG began the CHAM community health and microcredit program in the northern region of Comayagua, Honduras and has now extended it to Belén Gualcho in the county of Ocotepeque in Western Honduras. The goal of this program is to improve the access of isolated communities to managing their own community health care programs.

“Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed”.  Acts 5:16

CHAM’s focus is on the reduction of maternal and infant mortality by educating pregnant mothers on how to take care of themselves and their babies, and by promoting monthly growth monitoring meetings at which children 0-2 years old are weighed and measured to monitor their development (AIN-C stategy). At these monthly meetings, the mothers are also counseling on how to improve the health and nutrition of their children as infant malnutrition is common within these rural areas.

The health program has also implemented a community pharmacy component which is run by a network of local volunteers that have been trained by PAG to administer medicines for common illness found throughout the areas of intervention. There are currently 114 CHAM operated community pharmacies throughout Comayagua and 8 throughout Belén Gualcho.

The health program has also implemented a community pharmacy component which is run by a network of local volunteers that have been trained by PAG to administer medicines for common illness found throughout the areas of intervention. There are currently 114 CHAM operated community pharmacies throughout Comayagua and 8 throughout Belén Gualcho.

An additional component to the program is the offering of microcredit services to families living in the project area. This is linked to our health program in order to help stabilize vulnerable household economies as well improve the sanitary infrastructure which continues to be a critical basic need for families in the region. Sanitation and water have been identified as crucial interventions to reduce the root causes of health problems.

The Jack and Marie Eiting Foundation provides program support and funding for this model program of sustainable community health care.

YOUTH WITH A VISION PROGRAM (YWV)

Youth with a Vision (YWV) is an HIV/AIDS prevention program designed for students and youth migrant workers living in the San Isidro region of Comayagua, Honduras. Youth are trained on ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, as well as drugs, violence and teenage pregnancies.
They are also encouraged to talk to other youth about these topics and taught the importance of family, values and being a leader within their communities. A new aspect of the program has been the involvement of youth in environmental protection activities and creating awareness about how to conserve natural resources.