Impact on health

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Our 2016 health survey compared Child of Hope pupils to similar resident children of Namatala slum – and clearly shows that Child of Hope's medical interventions are improving health. 

Where our pupils really showed the benefits were in these areas:

• Teeth: 35.7% better
• Eye problems: 15.1% better
• Head infections: 15.1% better
• Nose problems: 14.8% better
• Anaemia: 13.7% better
• Underweight: 10.8% better
• Skin problems: 10.4% better 

The anaemia score is interesting. A child showing signs of anaemia is an indication that he or she has recently had or still has some form of parasitic infection – including malaria.

During the survey we had help from some medical students and staff from JOY Hospice – the clinic we often use when our children fall sick and it is beyond what our small sickbay can manage.  

Children were weighed, had their height recorded, had their bodies thoroughly examined for wounds, parasites, vision/hearing problems – anything that might give clues to their physical well-being.  

You can see the full results from the survey below.

 

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COMPARISON BETWEEN NAMATALA COMMUNITY AND CHILD OF HOPE CHILDREN

 

Indicator

Community

Child of Hope

Diff?

 

 

No.

%

No.

%

%

1

BMI Low/Underweight

92

22.8

48

12%

-10.8%

2

Head problems overall

86

21.3

25

6.25

-15.05

3

Ringworm

68

16.8

23.

5.75

-11.05

4

Head lesions

16

4

1

0.25

-0.75%

5

Eye problems overall

86

21.3

25

6.25

-15.05

6

Vision issues

8

2

6

1.5

-0.5%

7

Eye infections

5

1.2

0

0

-1.2%

8

Eye trauma/injury

0

0

0

0

0%

9

Anaemia problems overall

60

14.9

5

1.25

-13.65%

10

Anaemia mild

60

14.9

5

1.25

-13.65%

11

Anaemia severe

0

0

0

0

0%

12

Ear problems overall

20

5

4

1

-4%

13

Hearing issues

10

2.5

4

1

-1.5%

14

Ear discharge/infection

9

2.2

0

0

-2.2%

15

Nose problems overall

68

16.8

8

2

-14.8%

16

Nose discharge/infection

68

16.8

8

2

-14.8%

17

Nose trauma/injury

0

0

0

0

0%

18

Throat problems overall

5

1.2

30

7.5

6.3%

19

Throat – red spots

2

0.5

30

7.5

7%

20

Throat – white spots

0

0

0

0

0%

21

Teeth problems overall

155

38.4

11

2.75

-35.65%

22

Teeth cavities

71

17.6

10

2.5

-15.1%

23

Teeth missing

40

9.9

1

0.25

-9.65%

24

Teeth blackened

44

10.9

0

0

-10.9%

25

Cardio problems overall

11

2.7

2

0.5

-2.2%

26

Cardio – fast

7

1.7

2

0.5

-1.2%

27

Cardio – murmur

3

0.7

0

0

-0.7%

28

Lungs/Resp. problems overall

29

7.2

5

1.25

-5.95%

29

Resp. – cough

25

6.2

4

1

-5.2%

30

Resp. – wheezy

4

1

1

.25

-.75%

31

Abdomen problems overall

32

7.9

6

1.5

-6.4%

32

Abdomen – distended

29

7.2

6

1.5

-5.7%

33

Abdomen – spleen enlarged

3

0.7

0

0

-0.7%

34

Extremities problems overall

12

3

9

2.25

-.75%

35

Extremities – trauma

7

1.7

8

2

.30%

36

Extremities – spastic

2

0.5

1

0.25

-.25%

37

Extremities – Burns

0

0

0

0

0%

38

Extremities – Thin

2

0.5

0

0

-0.5%

39

Extremities – Asymmetrical

1

0.2

0

0

-0.2%

40

Neuro problems overall

1

0.2

2

0.5

.3%

41

Skin problems overall

61

15.1

19

4.75

-10.35%

42

Skin – injuries

22

5.4

15

3.75

-1.65%

43

Skin – burns

4

1

0

0

-1%

44

Skin – scabies

1

0.2

2

0.5

.3%

45

Skin – ringworm

3

0.7

1

0.25

-0.45%

46

Skin – jiggers

6

1.5

0

0

-1.5%

47

Skin – fungal

12

3

1

0.25

-2.75%

48

Skin – boils

1

0.2

0

0

-0.2%

49

Skin – witchcraft marks

12

3

0

0

-3%

50

Skin – impetigo

0

0

0

0

0%

SUMMARY:

Indicators where Child of Hope children are healthier than the community children (black print):39/50 (78%)
Indicators where Child of Hope and community children are the same (blue print):6/50 (12%)
Indicators where Child of Hope children are not as healthy as community children (red print):5/50 (10%)

 

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