Our health projects build on the active participation of the people themselves in their communities.
If we didn’t know it before, we know it now: with most of 2020 having passed in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s an undeniable fact that inequality costs lives. Poor nutrition, crowded living spaces, rampant lifestyle diseases and limited access to healthcare make for a perfect storm when a virus attacks. Simple conditions like access to clean water and sanitation, airy and spacious living quarters and healthy food could have saved thousands from Covid-19, but inequality means millions of people can’t access even these basic conditions.
Covid-19 has also shown that vaccines can be developed within months. But as soon as the vaccines had been developed, a new word, “vaccine-apartheid” entered our vocabulary, and too many people know exactly what it means.
Against this backdrop, Humana People to People’s approach to health becomes even more relevant. Our health projects build on the active participation of the people themselves in their own communities. As in any other aspect of life, when you can bring people together to take action, things start to move, hope grows, and new lifeaffirming relationships are built. Health activities run through all of our programmes: health campaigns and child health in community development; diversified production, improving nutrition and thus health in Farmers’ Clubs; production and use of nutritious food in schools; village action groups organizing access to clean water; vegetable gardening in positive-living activities in HIV programmes.
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