Community partnership is key to C2C’s model of care. We do not simply offer health care services; we speak directly with community members to hear what they need, hold information and education sessions at our clinics and in the communities we serve, and work to increase overall health awareness.
In December, C2C hosted an end-of-year community education session at our clinic in the Democratic Resettlement Community near Swakopmund, Namibia. More than 60 women and men attended.
C2C’s Community Health Coordinator, Sister Elago, spoke on a variety of topics, including personal hygiene and food preparation, children’s health, and reproductive health. Other prominent community members joined C2C, and a traditional birth attendant encouraged women to give birth under the supervision of midwives and doctors, in a safe environment.
Attendees were given the opportunity to express their thoughts on the C2C clinic, what other services might be needed, and to ask any questions of the staff. At the end of the meeting, which also served as the staff’s way of thanking community members, guests received gift packets full of healthy cooking ingredients.
C2C’s primary goal is a healthy community, and we know to achieve that we must offer preventative information as well as high-quality care.