Impact - Verb
have a strong effect on someone or something.
Our first full day at Imvepi clinic, we saw similar symptoms among the children: chills, fever, vomiting. The children were ranging from 6 months to about 14.
One of the children could feel that he was getting sick, but his parents wouldn’t bring him to the medical center. He walked himself to the clinic to seek treatment.
He was alone as he was weighed and asked his medical history. He was alone when he received the rapid test for malaria. He was alone when he received the results. He was so weak from vomiting that he was not able to walk back to his home. He had to wait until he had gather strength.
This matters because with our Field Medical Representatives (FMRs) program, we can help prevent stories like this from happening.
FMRs can go into the community and reach children and others who are too weak to go to the clinic. They also make sure medication is taken. For certain cases, they help people get to the Imvepi clinic for further treatment.
We saw this first hand with a man who had injured his leg. He had an injury on his tendon and was unable to walk to the clinic. The FMR in his community saw his injury and spoke to him about it. The FMR was then able to go back to the clinic and explain the situation to the medical officer on duty and was able to get medication for the man. She went back to him, gave him medication and let him know she would check on him in a couple of days to see how he was feeling. With this attention, he was able to heal the injury without infection. If the FMR wasn’t there, this man’s injury may have gotten worse because he was not able to make it to the clinic.
The FMRs in the field are able to have a greater impact on the community than just the the clinic by itself alone. Our FMRs are able to reach more people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it to the clinic.