CIP interns in SVG for ECHO project
June 25, 2010
CIP interns in SVG for ECHO project

Come next week, seven community health aide workers under the Early Childhood Health Outreach ECHO Project will carry out a practice run in the community of Calliaqua.{{more}}

The two-year pilot project targets pregnant women and families with children 0 to 3 years in a bid to improve maternal child health.

ECHO uses the Roving Caregivers Programme, RCP’s model of home visits; parent, community health aide and children’s training.

Twenty community health aide workers have already undergone 3 weeks of intensive training under the ECHO project, with the hopes of expanding the project beyond Calliaqua and into other needy communities.

The practice run in Calliaqua will talke place on Monday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 29.

Participants in the Caribbean Internship Project, CIP, are in St. Vincent and the Grenadines lending assistance to the ECHO project, the RCP, the Ministries of National Mobilisation and Social Development, as well as Health and Environment.

The four women: an Antiguan, two Jamaicans and a Trinidadian arrived on Friday, June 4, and have already been involved in various activities related to early childhood education and development.

Alicia Wooding, a graduate student in applied psychology, is providing technical assistance to the newly launched ECHO Project, which is aimed at improving maternal child health. Wooding is also assisting in the training of Community Health Aides who will be dispatched into the community of Calliaqua.

Media and Advocacy Intern, Shernette Byrd, is presently with the RCP, the flagship project of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative, CCSI, which is geared at strengthening the care environment of young children.

Social Worker, Monique Golding, has started her close work with the mothers and children of Sandy Bay and Barrouallie, while Probation Officer, Alethea Byers, is flexing her clinical social work muscles at Liberty Lodge and the Family Affairs Division.