Our health education and training programs focus on teaching community members the importance of basic hygiene in preventing disease. Although a medicine and doctor's treatment will keep community members healthy for a time, these healthy habits and lifestyle changes are what will preserve their family's health for the long run.
Our workshops focus on the importance of hand washing, teeth brushing, kitchen hygiene, and wearing shoes among others. These practices help to prevent many diseases, but we especially focus on respiratory infections, parasites and diarrhea, as those are the most common illnesses in the communities where we work. This education is especially important as many of the community members we work with are illiterate or have a very low level of reading comprehension.
With the help of our staff and volunteers, Vive Peru has educated more than 840 community members in various communities in Trujillo, Otuzco and Pacasmayo about health education and prevention, empowering them to take their health into their own hands.