Earlier this summer, Abdirahman Mahamud, Program Coordinator, and Adar Kahin, Community Organizer, had the lovely opportunity to sit down with the team at Kaly Radio to discuss our mission, values, and day to day work at our organization. The two also spoke about the communities we serve as well as our constant commitment to serving as many clients as possible during the current COVID-19 pandemic, all while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
During this informational interview was a conversation about the importance of family health and what Wellshare does to educate the community. The emphasis was on the mother and children and how greatly their health affects the rest of the family, COVID-19 or not.
Adar focused on how back in the day child spacing was actually very well understood in many Somali families and how the mother wanted to focus on each child individually as well as her own mental health. Mothers were aware that at least two years of breastfeeding was an integral part of a child’s growth and development. The language disconnect between mothers and doctors in Minnesota seems to be one reason in the community why presently many aren’t as attached to the idea of child spacing and/or seeking a doctor’s opinion. In her daily outreach as well as this interview, Adar highly stresses how important it is to visit your physician on a regular basis, especially during pregnancy.
Abdirahman also spoke about a mother and child’s health in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, sharing important health tips with the audience, such as the benefits of hand sanitizer, and explaining how washing your hands for 30 seconds at a time with soap and water can go a long way. During these important times, he also expressed the challenges and necessity of avoiding contact with family and friends that do not live in the same home as you. Last but not least, if you are going outside and/or are an essential worker, please do not forget to always wear a mask. Again this is especially important for a pregnant woman.
Universally, the early months of summer felt very different than usual. People were unable to attend their usually regularly scheduled Friday prayer as well as the always anticipated Eid prayer after Ramadan. Due to COVID-19 social distancing has been a high priority and because of that none of these events were able to go on. Abdirahman, Adar, and Amin all proceeded to make beautiful prayers that these difficult times will pass and to try and stay strong.Connecting to the community through radio is an important way to raise spirits and reassure the community that we are there for them, and these difficult times will pass.
If you’d like to hear more about this episode that aired on Kaly Radio, feel free to listen to it here. Check out our COVID-19 resources for more information about how WellShare has continued to educate the community on important public health topics.