Early Identification & Treatment
Across our programme 1,269,697 people were examined and provided with treatment to prevent needless disability.
- In Kenya IMPACT’s school health initiatives took place in 4,466 schools this year.
- In Bangladesh 93,205 people attended health education sessions, helping prevent them and their family getting unnecessarily ill through lack of knowledge, as well as empowering them to share their knowledge with others in their community. 382 teachers were trained to check their pupils’ sight and health.
- In Cambodia, 4,748 people have been screened and treated as necessary for potentially disabling conditions.
- In India 344 health workers were trained to provide healthcare in their communities through our community outreach schemes.
- In Zanzibar 2,131 school health monitors were trained, enabling 93,636 children to be screened for the first signs of disabling conditions.
Across IMPACT’s clinics, hospitals and screening programmes more than 1,269,697 men, women and children benefitted from medical examination and treatment to prevent needless disability. Projects to train community people, such as teachers to conduct health checks have flourished thanks to our generous UK supporters.
Identifying illnesses in their earliest stages can avert a lifetime of disability, suffering and poverty. But in developing countries, accessing healthcare is rarely straightforward.
IMPACT’s primary healthcare clinics are a safety-net for marginalised communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Specialist services, suchas IMPACT Nepal’s ear clinics and IMPACT Zanzibar’s treatment camps, provide a continuum of care.
IMPACT’s reach extends further yet. Healthworkers go by four-wheel drive, boat, train and motorbike, taking medical care and health education to people who would otherwise have no place to turn in the event of ill-health.
Worldwide 18,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Training teachers, nursery workers and older pupils to identify ill-health and refer children to our doctors is a successful model which we continue to replicate. Treatment, spectacles and hearing aids are dispensed wherever needed.
IMPACT’s aim is to reach the least underserved men, women and children and this often means innovative solutions to meet local challenges.
Mobile clinics in minibuses and four-wheel drive vehicles and on boats enable medical teams to access hard-to-reach villages.
The Individual IMPACT
Nine-year old Swati’s teacher noticed that she had problems focussing on the blackboard. She was a difficult pupil, unable to concentrate and often absent from lessons. After screening, which revealed a squint, and an operation, Swati can now see clearly, is confident, happy and her academic performance has greatly improved.