Health is a human right. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life. In rural Africa where subsistence farming is the main source of livelihood, poor health affects development because of the effect it has on agricultural output and livelihoods. Woman, as primary care givers and a major source of labour in agriculture are particularly strongly affected due to poor access to safe and clean basic health care. Though there have been significant improvements in health, access to health care and in the fight against the outbreak of disease and epidemics in the past few decades, Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be gripped with serious diseases and epidemics.
Primary Healthcare Facilities
The poorest of the poor in rural communities cannot afford private medical care. Those that do have access to some basic health care provisions are more often that not faced with unsanitary and unhygienic conditions. As a result millions of the poor, especially rural poor die from preventable death or a forced to live with preventable medical conditions.
NRIDB’s work focuses on encouraging and enabling communities to take control of their health by understanding the factors that expose them to ill health and identify ways to address them. We work with communities to improve conditions of primary healthcare facilities in rural communities by supporting:
· access to
· helping communities to understand the benefits of clean, hygienic and safe primary health care facilities for the prevention of disease outbreaks, unnecessary deaths and quicker recovery times
· communities to demand better services
In the Oforola and Olaukwu communities NRIDB worked with the Oforola primary health care facility to sanitise the entire health centre. The organisation is currently liaising with the local government chairman and heads of the health centre to put in place a regular cleaner. In addition to the sanitisation of the health facility beddings such as mattresses, pillows and protectors was distributed in order to stop the spread of disease from unclean beddings. Ward equipment including fridges and generators were also given to enable the centre to store medication and to perform emergency procedures in the event of electricity outages. The campaign has helped to reduce preventable deaths. It has also helped to improve recovery times due to reductions in spreading of preventable diseases and infections.