In 2020, it seems appropriate, that this was the year we set up our healthcare initiative.
Poverty is a complex issue, so we work collaboratively with our sister partner in Togo to develop a programme based on the needs of the community and which will ensure long lasting, sustainable change.
Together with our partner, IADES, we have created a programme which involves facilitating 240 workshops and training on malaria and waterborne diseases prevention, importance of ante-natal care, family planning, treating wounds and preventing infections, dangers of self-medicating and women’s rights among others.
The project aims to deliver vital healthcare workshops, training and support to 600 households. Indirectly benefiting the lives of 3,600 people living in poverty. Empowering communities with the knowledge to keep their families safe by making informed decisions to improve their health.
Each beneficiary will be given the opportunity to attend a series of 12 workshops to learn potentially life-saving skills.
Women in rural Togo often carry the burden of healthcare; they give up work and school to stay in the home and provide care for their families. They often have little knowledge of symptoms or treatments, and face huge financial obstacles which prevent them from accessing even the most basic healthcare, or from making decisions about their own health. This increases the risk of serious illness that comes from self-medicating or from lack of treatment altogether.
The extreme poverty that exists in Togo disproportionately affects women, as they are not granted equal opportunities for work and education.
Because of this, 70% of training workshop attendees will be women.