Why Health?

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THE ISSUE 

In 2015, 400 million people did not have access to essential health services, and 6% of people in developing countries are pushed further into extreme poverty because of health costs.  

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That's more than the entire population of the United States.

I envision a world where everyone can lead healthy and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.
— Dr. Tedros, Director-General of WHO

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Every minute, six children die in the developing world because of a lack of access to basic medicine.

Preterm birth is the leading killer of newborn babies.

Every minute, 28 babies are born preterm; two die.

Counterfeit drugs are responsible for 100,000 deaths a year in Africa.

Facts On Infectious Diseases

  • 2.1 million people are estimated to have become newly infected with HIV last year. 1.1 million people died of HIV-related illnesses.
  • Last year saw 212 million malaria cases globally.
  • 2016 saw 10.4 million new Tuberculosis cases, resulting in 1.4 million deaths.

  • Last year, 1.3 million people died from viral Hepatitis.

Life Expectancy:

  • Africa : 60 years in the WHO African region (2015)
  • USA : 79.3 years (2015)

That's a difference of about 19 years. 

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Why Do We Focus On Health?  

  • Healthy people are more productive.
  • A healthy population can contribute to a country’s economic growth and improve living conditions and social infrastructure in poorest countries.

  • By improving health access, child mortality rates drastically drop.

 

HEALTH IN AFRICA

Africa is the second most populated continent in the world, with about one billion people.

In many countries, the poorest people are paying for health care. About 80% of Africans rely on public health facilities, which often have medicine shortages. Access to medicines and health care are really limited. There is one doctor for every 5,000 people, whereas in America, there are more than 2 doctors for every 1,000 people.

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What determines your health?

Social Circumstances: Where and how people grow, live, work.

Food and Nutrition.

Physical Environment: Water, sanitation, hygiene, air pollution, climate change.

Lifestyle Risks: Tobacco, drug, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity.

Disasters and Conflicts.

 

Where We Work

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UGANDA

Total Population: 39,032,000

Gross National income Per Capita: $670 USD

Life Expectancy (M/F): 60/64

Total Expenditure on Health Per Capita: $52 USD

 

What Is TAP's Solution? 

The Adventure Project trains local leaders to become health care agents, so they can earn a living selling over 60 health products at affordable prices. Each person cares for approximately 800 people in their community, paying special attention to pregnant mothers and young children.

Female community leaders are trained and equipped with tools and resources to quickly and accurately diagnosis common ailments and illnesses.

Health Care Promoters (CHP's) go door to door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products, such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cookstoves, water filters, and solar lights. By combining the best practices from business and public health, we are dramatically lowering child mortality AND creating livelihoods for thousands of enterprising women. Since these Community Health Promoters live in the communities, they can be accessed day or night. CHP's are able to increase follow-up visits, since the visits are at patients' homes. Medicines are supplied from a trusted source, eliminating the possibility of counterfeit drugs and increasing trust in the community. 

Partnering with Living Goods, our health care providers focus on four areas that participate the majority of child deaths but can be addressed at a low cost: treating childhood diseases, offering free pregnancy and newborn check-ups, improving nutrition and promptly referring acute cases to qualified facilities. This method reduces child mortality by 25% in their communities. Health Care Promoters also earn an income by selling medical products at affordable prices while caring for approximately 800 people in their community.

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Our partner: living goods

Living Goods is a nonprofit organization which aims to empower people to improve the health of their families, friends and communities. This non-profit supports networks of ‘Avon-like’ health entrepreneurs who go door to door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cook stoves, water filters, and solar lights. The average cost of of a treatment from a Living Goods Health Promoter runs just 50 cents.
www.livinggoods.org

 

How Can You Help?

  • Research global health issues to increase your understanding of the issue.

  • Donate to non-profit organizations fighting for health.

  • Support and promote the development of health policies.

  • Share information and materials about health on social media.

 

LEARN MORE:

In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched. It is a global plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. Health and well-being are the most important parts of the agenda.

World Health Day

  • The Global Health Awareness Day was established in 1948 as April 7th.

  • WHO is sponsoring the day, with the help of other organizations. 

  • Each year has a different theme and focus. For 2018, the theme is Universal Health Coverage.
    The aim is to ensure all people can get quality health services.

Definitions To Guide Your Understanding

Health: State of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.Health is a broad term which can indicate many areas:

  • Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

  • Infectious diseases

  • Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

  • Injuries and violence

  • Universal health coverage and health systems

  • Environmental risks

  • Health risks and disease outbreaks

Preterm: When a baby born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Normal term: 40 weeks.

Maternal Mortality: Health indicator that shows very wide gaps between rich and poor, both between countries and within them.

Sustainable Development: When resources are managed by and for all individuals in ways which support the health and well-being of present and future generations (UN definition).

 

Further Resources

WHO

Living Goods

World Bank

*All statistics are from the most recent reports, through the end of 2015.