From the beginning, TWOWEEKS believed in improving the health of children and adults living in poorer communities, in particular those living in Africa and Peru. This initially involved completing health assessments on the children that live in our partner children’s villages. Children with health problems would be directed to the local health clinics and hospitals to get appropriate investigation and treatment.
However it became clear that children living in the surrounding communities located near to our children’s villages had even greater need and even less access to good quality healthcare. This is due to many reasons including poor transportation, costs to access the government hospitals and medications, and also due to other challenges related to healthcare systems situated in more rural areas.
TWOWEEKS therefore expanded this work to include ‘head to toe’ health checks for children in local crèches and primary schools. This is run in partnership with the schools and with the permission of each child’s family. We expect this programme to be an on going and we welcome medical volunteers to perform the assessments, as well as other professionals who can assist with the administration and running of these ‘pop-up’ clinics.