Lifesaver Dad

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In eastern Uganda, little Remigio settles comfortably in the arms of his lifesaver father, Vincent Kakooza.

When Remigio was 6 months old, he came down with a vicious fever in the middle of the night. “He was sweating; he was crying,” says Vincent. But because Vincent was trained by World Vision to become a  community health worker, he knew what was wrong with his son, and was able to treat it.

He tested the baby for malaria, and the blood test came back positive.

“I got out the malaria medicine and gave it to him immediately. By morning his temperature went down. He stopped sweating. He stopped crying. I was overjoyed.”

Health volunteers like Vincent are called “doctors” by the communities they serve, despite receiving only five days of training. Vincent serves as one of 250 village health team workers in Kiboga, a district with 350,000 residents. Across Uganda, every community has two village health team workers. These volunteers work as the front line of defense against malaria, a disease that killed more than 627,000 people in 2012.

World Vision advocates for and supports these unpaid lifesavers, helping train them and giving them the tools to succeed: bicycles to pedal down rutted roads, rubber boots to stomp through the rain, clothing that signifies their position, and most importantly, medicine to treat sick children like Remigio.

Please pray with us for the millions of children around the world and for the health workers caring for them.

Photo©2014 World Vision, Jon Warren

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