Believing that children deserve a healthy start with a strong support system, FOB’s objectives include providing access to healthcare services to those currently without it; expanding preventative health education initiatives; training and empowering local healthcare providers to enable them to offer a wider and more advanced range of services; maintaining an unprecedented extended care program for children with serious medical needs; and supporting the development of permanent pediatric programs within the Honduran healthcare sector.
Community Health Development
Communities are chosen to participate in the Community Health Development Program based on criteria such as, how far they are from a health care facility, lack of safe water or sanitary systems, whether they have been served by other aid organizations and safe access. All communities must demonstrate a commitment to participating in health education and agree to a formal partnership. Communities receive general health care from medical teams twice a year, including general check-ups, vision and dental care, vitamin distribution, fluoride, anti-parasite treatments and referrals to other FOB services. In exchange for medical treatment received, communities participate in health related training and educational workshops on nutrition, reproductive health, hygiene and malaria prevention. A health committee is established in each village to promote the program; and a health volunteer is identified, trained and equipped to act in this role.