Stephanie is a Community Health Worker, who we met while on assignment for Malaria No More documenting the progress Rwanda has made in the fight against malaria.
For Stephanie, being a community health worker has brought her a sense of purpose, empowered her and instilled within her a sense of self-confidence.
Access to healthcare should not be a luxury and yet for so many people it is. In certain parts of Africa, for example, the only healthcare facilities available are clinics or hospitals located in main cities, which are often hundreds of kilometres from villages.
This means that people from surrounding villages have to travel long distances to see doctors or nurses. The journey is long and expensive, and people sometimes need to spend hours waiting to be seen by a healthcare professional, which means they need to take time off work.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are more aware now than ever before of the disproportionate access to healthcare around the world. We’re incredibly grateful for the individuals and organisations that are working tirelessly to address this and ensure that healthcare is accessible for all.