The villages we service are hours away from a hospital. Most are hours away from any sort of medical help apart from the village midwife. After carrying a sick child hours to a clinic the end result is likely to be a prescription the villagers can’t afford to fill.
What we are offering is obviously far from ideal but at least gives the midwife or other village medical person some resources. Every village we visit now receives the kit and the internally recognised health care book ‘Where There Is No Doctor’ in Spanish.
Our first task is locate someone who can read Spanish and who is prepared to share the information in the book with the ‘medical person’ who probably only speaks Q’eqchi. Then they are talked through the First Aid Kit and shown how to use the book. We do not distribute anything that needs to be ingested, the risk of a misunderstanding is too great.