In 2006, a pilot project was carried out with the aim of improving health care in the remote villages of Madagascar.
After three years the Samaritana project was evaluated. With the gained knowledge and experiences, a follow-up project was outlined in cooperation with Dr. Ratsirbazafi Marie Rolland from the Institut National de Santé Puplique et Communautaire (see project outline of SAMARITANA above).
Health care is intended to be improved at the base, in the villages, with trained samaritans. The aim of the project is to train medically trained people so that they can train the contact persons in the villages as Samaritans. The project started on 01.01.2013.
In different districts, doctors and nurses are trained in the first aid centres. At this point there is no guarantee that the medical staff will pass on their knowledge.
The aim is to motivate and strengthen individual responsibility towards the population. For this purpose, we will also advertise to those responsible and hopefully find a common commitment. The desired effect in the population can only be achieved by anchoring in local structures and national recognition. Without this knowledge transfer being transformed into a Malagasy institution, the benefits would only be temporary and not very sustainable.
If good acceptance is found in the government as well as in the population, a significant improvement in health care at the basic level can be expected, which can reduce suffering and early death.