Village Volunteers Cut Child Mortality by Half

Under the Healthy Child Uganda partnership, MUST recruited volunteers who were trained to provide health education and encourage the use of health facilities. The volunteers were absorbed under the national structure of Village Health Teams (VHTs). VHT’s have been incredibly successful in improving health outcomes for maternal, youth, and child health in the Bushenyi, Rubirizi, Ntungamo

Mbarara, and Rwampara districts.The chilmortality rate was reduced by more than half, diarrheoa was reduced by 10.2%, and fever and underweight was reduced by 5.8 and 5.1%. VHT’s also appear to be highly motivated despite their work being voluntary.

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