Dibiko Health Post
The brand new Dibiko Health Post opened in June 2022. For the almost 2,000 families living in this rural area, they now have access to primary health care.
Worke Siyum is one of two female Health Extension Workers employed at the Dibiko Health Post. Her work focusses around family health, including child vaccinations, family planning antenatal care and assisting normal deliveries.
Around 50% of 1 to 2-year-old children in Ethiopia are not fully vaccinated, with rural communities having the lowest immunity coverage. This is why we build our projects in hard-to-reach places.
On the opening day of Dibiko Health Post, this baby received their first dose of the oral rotavirus vaccine from Worke. Rotavirus can cause diarrheal disease, which is the leading cause of death in under 5-year-olds in Ethiopia. Worke not only provides the vaccinations but also education on ways to reduce the risk of diarrheal disease, including improved sanitation, hand washing with soap and safe drinking water.
We also provided a safe water supply to Dibiko by extending pipework from a distance ground water source and installing a water point. This water is accessible to the whole community, reducing the burden on girls to fetch water from a distance.