Health Support Services

A.P.E. runs a comprehensive number of health programs, offering services that directly affect the community.

Health Visitor Program – This program takes young women from the community and trains them for six months to one year in health care, reproductive health, pre- and neo-natal health, and personal hygiene.
After their training, the women go out into the community participating in vaccination campaigns and community health awareness campaigns through both home visits and lectures at the Mother and Child Centre. This program is active in both Moquattam and Torah.

These programs include the following:

Awareness Programs

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The Adolescent Girls Program - which campaigns to reduce the number of early marriages and focuses on Female Genital Mutilation.

The Hepatitis B Project - which aims to reduce the impact of hospital waste that is brought directly to the households and separated by the women.

Reproductive Health Project - which aims to enhance Family Planning among garbage collectors to improve their lives socially as well as economically. This is achieved by raising awareness in both Moquatam and Torah.

The Mother and Child Centre - in Torah tailors its guidance to each woman regarding the proper contraceptive method. This is lead by a gynecologist Consultant who visits the clinic twice a week.

Prevention Programs

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Save The Newborn Babies Program - where efforts were directed towards finding the reasons for infant mortality and reducing the rate in the community. Hair Hygiene Program, which aims to communicate the importance of personal hygiene, focusing on hair care. This project enrolled a number of youths in intensive training so they could deliver the message to Moquattam residents.

Hepatitis B and Tetanus Vaccination Campaigns - were held in Moquattam and Torah to help eliminate these diseases.

Hepatitis C Project: (Screening and Treatment) - The project aims to eliminate the spread of Hepatitis C among garbage collectors in Moquattam and Torah as well as providing treatment to patients. The project started in 2006 and focuses on children between the ages of 1-18 and on adults between the ages of 18-55. This was achieved through health awareness programs, educating the community about how the infection spreads and the ways of protection against the virus. The centre provides screening tests to suspected cases as well as treatment. The treatment of this virus is very expensive and providing it is a challenge for A.P.E.

Treatment Programs

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The Mother and Child Centre - was established in Torah in 1996. The Center offers medical services for the community. These services include: medical examinations, first aid services, treatment and follow-up of chronic diseases as anemia and hypertension, follow-up for pregnant women, neo-natal care, teeth and eye examinations. Specialist doctors and 10 health visitors provide these medical services. The centre can provide Ultrasonic examinations and full clinical laboratory tests for patients. Minor operations are also offered by the centre.

Hepatitis C Project - (Screening and Treatment) The project aims to eliminate the spread of Hepatitis C among garbage collectors in Moquattam and Torah as well as providing treatment to patients.

This was achieved through health awareness programs, educating the community about how the infection spreads and the ways of protection against the virus. The centre provides screening tests to suspected cases as well as treatment.

The project started in 2006, focusing on people aged 20 – 40 then it extended to cover all age groups in both Moquattam and Torah. The treatment of this virus is very expensive and providing it is a challenge for A.P.E.