Conquering life-threatening diseases is a way of life in many underdeveloped African nations. Occasionally, dire stories make the news on widespread outbreaks. The stories are true and the death toll can be high, especially in poor regions that lack the ability to provide basic health services. A substantial percentage of our time is spent at ground zero helping to bring diseases under control, or educate residents. What seems like a simple solution is not simple at all, due to a variety of localized challenges, including a lack of leadership among national and regional governments, the number of doctors and nurses available to help citizens, the availability of vaccines and medical products, sharing information, and delivering valuable aid.
Of all the services that HEDOF provides, this one hits closest to home, and diseases are not restricted to just rural areas; they can impact cities as well. Africa has not conquered HIV/AIDS, respiratory diseases, malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, even measles and low birth weight. HEDOF provides information to avoid getting sick in the first place, and to get citizens in touch with health care staff as needed. But, what do we need? Donations to keep our mission ongoing. Donations connected to healthcare projects can literally save lives. There is no better reason to donate to a cause than controlling communicable diseases, educating people on the management of chronic diseases and saving lives.
Our health programs include, but not limited to, the following thematic areas:
Medical missions to assist with healthcare for low income, under-served, and
- Public and community health education and demonstration;
- Pregnancy and child birth education and assistance;
- HIV/Aids and other infectious diseases;
- Public Health research and development;
- Partnerships with local elementary, secondary, post-secondary education, community,
- Health exchange programs;
- Training and capacity development for healthcare providers and students;
- Academic community partnerships for health and development.