Goal 3: Good health and well being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
In rural communities, health can be fragile. With increased risk of waterborne disease, malaria and HIV/ AIDS, the weak and vulnerable suffer especially from the lack of access to proper medical care.
We help improve people’s health. Establishing rural health services, educating mothers about nutrition and child health, promoting immunisations, distributing malaria nets, and providing family planning and education HIV/AIDS.
Children in Malawi are fourteen times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than in the UK, often due to preventable diseases such as Malaria. Poor access to health care facilities and the high costs of treatment contribute to this. We train Health Surveillance Assistants to visit families in their own homes, offering much needed medical assistance without the high cost and travel time. Whilst there, they share good sanitation practices, give support to pregnant mothers and provide nutritional advice for underweight children. Gertrude, a young mother, said: “My child’s future now is so bright, she is now healthy and this year we are expecting a good harvest because we had the money to invest without spending it on hospital expenses.”