Medical Assistance for Children’s in pandemic time

Medical Assistance for Children’s in pandemic time

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Kawan: Alex Wettstein

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The September 08, 2021

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The principal causes of ill-health and mortality among children in developing countries are outlined and the prospects for improvement through the provision of education, health services, adequate nutrition, clean drinking water, sanitation, and other basic, but vital needs.

Clean water and good sanitation are essential to prevent and reduce child mortality. Women who become pregnant at either extreme of childbearing age are at higher maternal and pediatric risks; the same goes for multiparous women and women with short birth intervals. Most deaths of children aged 1 to 4 are preventable by simple health intervention: The main causes are diarrheic and respiratory diseases, malnutrition, and vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.

Fair Future notes that children are certainly the most affected by the indirect impact of the pandemic than by the viral infection itself. Indeed, we have noticed that the COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the health of children, but through the increase in poverty, the loss of education and the closure of schools -here in Indonesia the closure of schools since March 2020-, food insecurity, violence as well as increased pressure on health systems and reduced access to personal health care services.

From the start of the pandemic, we clearly saw that vaccination and nutrition programs were heavily impacted. At the same time, other basic non-medical services for children have also been affected: Access to education, protection against domestic violence, etc.

Health personnel is often relocated -when they have not stopped working because salaries are no longer paid- in order to meet the needs arising from the pandemic. In this type of humanitarian context, medical staff is already limited, so by diverting part of human resources to cover the response to COVID-19, the risk of not meeting basic needs in pediatric programs has increased.

What are the main recommendations made during this time of pandemic crisis to prevent the growth of infant morbidity and mortality?

Some very simple recommendations must be put in place, Fair Future is working in this direction!

First, it is necessary to maintain regular pediatric preventive and curative services. Some of the human, material, and strategic resources that usually exist for these prevention programs have been reduced and we will see the consequences in the near future. For example, we could soon see epidemic outbreaks because of children who have not been vaccinated against rubella or measles. By reducing or closing outpatient clinics, the number of diagnoses (eg diagnosis of malaria, severe dengue) has already increased in the regions where we work with Fair Future.

Children are not the face of covid-19 but will certainly not be spared

Second, we need to develop new approaches and implement the necessary practical tools on the ground. For example Nutrition programs, water supply, creation of community gardens, and development of local resources.

Finally, we must continue to defend the rights of children in this pandemic. They are not the ones who die from COVID-19 but will certainly be the ones who will be the most impacted.

Regardless of the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has and will have on children in the years to come, have there really been any positive externalities in the Foundation’s projects on the ground?

Community health care activities, which have become a key component in the fight against COVID-19, have reminded us of the effectiveness of this system and should continue to be strongly implemented and integrated into established outreach strategies. by Kawan Baik and Fair Future in more rural areas.

This extraordinary situation confirms that our medical but also logistical teams must be terribly flexible and innovative to provide logistical, social, medical or technical support that is adapted and as adequate as possible in the field.

What types of difficulties do we encounter in the field but also in hospitals in the outermost and rural regions linked to the health care provided to children?

Obviously, the lack of nutrition plays a terrible impact on the physical development of the child. As the parents no longer have any income, the condition of the children has greatly deteriorated, the food budget is being severely impacted.

Pregnant women whom we must also talk about being struck by the pandemic, the lack of medical care, healthy food, drinking water during the time of their pregnancy. We have also observed that a significant number of young pregnant women were proportionately more affected by COVID-19 than the others. Without classifying them for all that in the category of “vulnerable people”, their condition requires a healthy diet, care, good hygiene. Conditions that are not met far from it here, for example in eastern Indonesia.

We thank you all very much for your interest, benevolence, and always great support. Take good care of yourself and your loved ones!

Alex, from Sumba, East Indonesia, the September 8th, 2021 – Rumah Kambera Base Camp.

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What are we doing in Rumah Kambera?

  • Covid-19 pandemic: Tests of the population, vaccinations, mapping of the situation, donation of healthy food, drinking water, information and prevention about the routes of contamination;
  • Medical and health care: Rumah Kambera welcomes patients with health problems every day. Our pharmacy and our on-site medical team can help people take care of themselves through the donation of medicines, vitamins and food supplements. The most common illnesses are related to lack of clean water, lack of healthy food, air pollution, joint and back problems, asthma, skin problems such as lipomas, fibroids, allergies, cancer;
  • Access to clean water and sanitary facilities: Construction of central water points, drilling of wells, toilets by type, showers, biological filtration and information on the water, commit to preserve it and use it in a healthy way for people;
  • Creation and construction of school infrastructures, schools, health centers so that each can have access to health care and to school;
  • Responses in the event of natural disasters (common in the region), reconstruction, preservation, emergency care, advanced first aid station, establishment of emergency medical care, distribution of food, water etc…;
  • Truck of Life program: Medical care, distribution of food, construction materials, transporting medical teams to the sites, picking up a sick or injured person to bring them to the hospital, etc…;
  • And all the other social, medical, infrastructural activities linked to the mission of the foundation in the field;

Water Connections Program

One of the Foundation’s tasks is to ensure equitable access to water in quantity and quality, in order to prevent disease and sustain lives. This is to reduce environmental health risks by managing sanitation safely and with dignity. Still, the foundation seeks to involve women and men in the management of water resources, in sanitation by putting in place safe hygiene practices to maximize the benefits for their communities.

The majority of communities with which Fair Future works struggle every day to have access to this fundamental right, which is why our actions for the year 2022 will be focused on creating access to water for these families, so that their health can improve, that they can grow food. But also offer them the opportunity to create an economic activity that will serve their living conditions.

.PDF | The Project Water Connection in MbinuDita here

Common diseases we work on

Tuberculosis in Indonesia: A social disease affects the poorest communities, those living in difficult conditions. There are hundreds of thousands of new cases in Indonesia, such as HIV, which is not often mentioned here!

Dengue virus infection: DENV is a real major cause of acute febrile illness here. In the most affected regions, mortality is very high & affects the most vulnerable. Especially for those who do not have access to medical care.

Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.
Antimicrobial resistances. In here, this is a real health emergency, almost all drugs are available over the counter! This scourge turns simple wounds and easily treatable diseases into causes of death.

Air pollution and health: Plastic that burns, everywhere! Air pollution is responsible for almost 50% of mortality here. Dioxins, furans, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls are highly toxic!

Malnutrition and famine: Malnutrition causes serious illnesses where we are! The phenomenon, creating a vicious cycle of starvation & disease. This is a major problem in which we deal with!

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Alexandre Wettstein

My Name is Alex Wettstein, CEO, President, founder of Fair Future Foundation. A Swiss and International official NGO (State Approved Foundation). I'm working as a volunteer, in the fields of health, education, access to drinking water, in South-East Asia, notably in Indonesia since 2010, I am married to Ayu Setia and we have 3 kids, Flavie, Elisa, and Atha.

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