Abschlussbericht "Tschallia" Part 2

Final report “Tschallia” Part 2

Evaluation of the sustainable- and suitability for everyday use

Here is the second part of the final report of the Podo Centre Tschallia. You will find the beginning of the report here.

2) Evaluation of the sustainable- and suitability for everyday use

In the second year of the project, the members of the self-help groups were visited at home, to help you determine, how they apply the discussed prevention in everyday life. Could then be determined, the work within the self-help groups is how sustainable and suitable for everyday use.

Interesting Results of the evaluation are:

  • The people, you regularly participated in the meetings of the self help groups, had heeded the measures in their daily lives.
  • Affected parties, which after a few months was better, often no longer came to the meeting, because they wanted to better utilize their time with the re integration in their social network and the resumption of "normal" activities.
  • Many people bought no SOAP or. do not continue to used it, as soon as she had experienced an improvement of in symptoms.
  • You were the worst affected mostly from very poor backgrounds (since they are not shoes, No SOAP etc. can afford).
  • Many wanted to be better accompanied by experts and taught (the Podo coordinators), instead of volunteer community members and fellow sufferers.

Unanswered questions at the end of the first large project:

  • Should be given SOAP and shoes free of charge very poor people?

Pro: SOAP and shoes play a very important role in treatment and prevention, but poor people cannot afford usually this.

Kontra: The donation will create a long-term dependency. To distinguish different levels of poverty, usually is neither fair nor plausible. Affected parties, bring up a portion of the money for shoes, usually more carefully deal with the goods.

  • How well are health extension workers in the self-help groups?

Pro: You are motivated to work through their own disease and empathic towards the other participants. You know most of the participants and are good contacts.

Kontra: They are not accepted by all and taken seriously. In hard times, the self-interest in the foreground is pushing and the voluntary employees demand wages.

  • How long should organized self-help groups last?

Pro: Speak for a longer monitoring of the person concerned mutual assistance, the strengthening Group structure and the feeling with the disease to be not alone.

Kontra: Health extension workers would have to be financed over a long period of time. The longer the care of outdoor continues, the more these persons are in a dependency relationship.

  • Could act as companions of very poor sufferers deacons?

Yes, However under the condition, that they assume people, that are not in their community or belong to a different faith.