A combination of poor referral services and the lack of specialist doctors are affecting the ability of children with different impairments to learn in rural areas, a senior Malawi Red Cross Society official said over the weekend.
Mangochi District Red Cross Assistant Projects Officer, Chisomo Banda, said in an interview when her organisation rolled out an outreach programme with specialist doctors from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
Banda said the outreach was necessitated by an increase of school going children who are failing to go to school due to various impairments that require specialist treatment.
With an estimated population of about 1.2 million people, Mangochi is struggling to provide quality health services.
This, according to Red Cross, has led to children living with conditions which could, otherwise, have been treated.
Banda cited visual and hearing impairments as some of the most common conditions among children.
“With support from Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Netherlands, Red Cross is implementing several community resilient projects that are aimed at capacitating rural communities to withstand natural disasters.
“As part of the resilient projects, we want to work towards improving access to health services for children with various impairments,” she said.
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