Doctors of the World provides mobile health services in some of the remote rural areas most affected by the conflict, with medical equipment and medicines needed for basic care. Emphasis is placed on sexual and reproductive health: distribution of contraceptive products, screening for STDs, cervical and breast cancers, pregnancy monitoring or monitoring of malnutrition in pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as in young children. Women wishing to abort are advised and directed, according to the Colombian legal framework.
In order to help those threatened with or victims of violence, particularly women, and the association’s teams offer medical services and psychological support. If necessary, victims are referred to facilities that can follow their progress in the long term, particularly from a legal perspective.
Following the signing of the peace agreements at the end of 2016, Doctors of the World is strengthening its collaboration with public health services so that access to care for the population is guaranteed.
Moreover, in order to ensure that as many people as possible have access to drinking water, Doctors of the World distributes filters and offers awareness-raising workshops for schoolchildren and families. The same type of action is carried out with regards to waste management, to give everyone access to the healthiest possible living environment and thus limit the development of diseases.
In order to take action in the field, Doctors of the World Canada proposes:
• An organization of mobile primary health care services with state services
• A provision of psychological and psychosocial care to victims of violence
• A provision of services to assist and refer victims of vio- lence with medical, legal and state assistance mechan- isms
• A training for groups of community leaders, including women and youth, on medical and legal mechanisms for helping victims of violence
• A nutritional screening and monitoring for children under 10 years of age and for pregnant and breastfeeding women