Sub-Saharan Africa faces the world’s most serious health problems but has the fewest resources to solve them. To bridge this gap and succeed in spite of limited resources, Africare invested in improving the health of men, women, and children across the African continent. Our support follows an evidence based framework that guides communities and the health workers that support them through a comprehensive set of program interventions. Our strategy is multi-pronged and we work at the national state, district, facility and community level to bolster the quality and reach of the health services provided through training, mentoring, technical interventions, service integration, and infrastructure upgrades. Our work strives to ensure comprehensive care is provided for maternal, newborn, child, and women’s health; sexual and reproductive health; and non-communicable and communicable diseases.
In addition, PanAfricare mobilizes communities to seek, demand, and utilize these services. Westrive to empower communities by educating them on optimal health seeking behaviors, strengthening ties between community and facility-based services, and engaging community leaders to advocate and promote necessary social change. With our entrenched and respected African staff, mobilizing communities and changing behaviors is at the heart of what Africare does across the continent. Through the trust we have earned, we are able to utilize social behavior change communication (SBCC) to not only pass on a message but to positively influence knowledge, attitudes, and social norms as well. In addition, we develop, train, and support community champions to serve as local role models and peer educators while leveraging community-based workers and volunteers (complemented by community radio, music, dance, and drama) for social marketing. By utilizing peer educators, we are able to amplify our messaging to the broader community and increase our impact. Our SBCC programs are designed to motivate individuals, families, communities, and service delivery personnel to sensitize all groups on improved health practices and health seeking behavior.
2019 Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) accomplishments include:
Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest sanitation coverage on Earth. Seventy percent of the Sub-Saharan population, approximately 600 million people, have no access to an improved sanitation source. Open defecation remains commonplace among Africa’s poorest communities. Water-related illnesses cause immeasurable suffering in Africa and undermine countless development efforts. Through social behavior change communication (SBCC) programs, Africare is educating communities on improved sanitation and hygiene and increasing access to clean water by constructing wells, rehabilitating water points, and training communities on their proper use.