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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 17:32 GMT
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An international healthcare charity is looking to recruit people to join its team for the Flora London Marathon 2002 on April 14.

Health Unlimited works in Latin America, Asia and Africa to set up basic healthcare systems in communities that suffer from conflict and discrimination.

With a little bit of knowledge I have been able to make a big difference in my community

Community health worker, Nicaragua
The aim is to work in partnership with communities and local health service providers to create sustainable and effective care for those who need it most.

The money that each runner raises could go towards an innovative project, such as a radio soap opera in Rwanda which broadcasts health messages that are targeted at women and young people.

It could also go towards training indigenous people as village health workers in Cambodia, Namibia and Peru. They learn to identify and treat basic diseases, to refer more serious cases and to promote a healthy environment in their own communities.

Big difference

Adelaida, a community health worker from Siuna, Nicaragua, is one of those who has taken part in the scheme.

"Things have improved 100%. With a little bit of knowledge I have been able to make a big difference in my community. And now I can pass everything I have learned on to other people. And the knowledge grow, like the corn."

Each runner is asked to raise 1000. They will receive fundraising and training support, and a post race reception not far from the finishing line.

For further details, please contact Serena Tarling on 020 7840 3762 or at

Aan application form can be downloaded from the charity's website.

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