Malawi has one doctor for every 53,000 people compared to Canada which has one doctor for approximately every 500 people. The severe shortage of health workers puts great demands on an under-resourced health system. With your support, Dignitas is is training and mentoring health workers to effectively deliver health services to both adults and children for HIV, TB, diabetes and other diseases. We’ve partnered with the Malawi Ministry of Health to build the capacity of the health system by providing training and mentorship to health personnel at all levels, building the experience, expertise and confidence of everyone from nurses and clinicians to health system managers and supervisors. We are building the capacity of clinicians, nurses and community health workers to safely and effectively perform tasks that would normally be performed by physicians, thereby reducing bottlenecks in access to treatment and care.
Since its inception in 2004, more than 23,000 patients have started lifesaving HIV treatment at Dignitas’ Tisungane clinic. In addition, Dignitas strengthens HIV-related services at 174 health facilities throughout Malawi’s southeast region, which has a population of more than 3.1 million people. As a result, we have helped more than 301,652 people start lifesaving HIV treatment.
In 2014, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Dignitas International (DI) launched a partnership to support First Nations-led health care solutions for people living in remote Sioux Lookout Area (SLA) communities. Drawing upon the complementary experience and knowledge of both organizations, SLFNHA and DI jointly designed and are currently implementing a community health worker pilot program in four communities in the SLA. By building the skills and knowledge of local health workers, your support helped to improved health care delivery and contributed to sustainable strengthening of the local health system
Our Indigenous Health Partners Program strengthens community-based diabetes care in remote communities that experience exceedingly high rates of type 2 diabetes and high turnover of fly-in health professionals. By training and empowering CHWs to play an active role in patient care, community members living with type 2 diabetes will experience better continuity of care and targeted support to manage their condition and prevent the most traumatic diabetes complications, including hypertension, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke.