The links between health, poverty, inequality and development are intrinsic – poverty contributes to poor health and poor health can be a trap, preventing people from moving out of poverty.
Sub-Saharan African countries face distinct health challenges, including: difficulty reaching people in need of quality health care, and challenges caring for the most vulnerable people. In addition, weak health systems have been stretched thin in the struggle to respond to the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
WUSC recognizes the importance of health in building strong communities. We know that health systems require a strong civil society so that people are able to contribute, and partner effectively with governments to improve health outcomes. We help by:
- strengthening capacities of local non-governmental organizations to fill service gaps and contribute to developing national policies and strategies;
- supporting governments to develop more inclusive policies and provide more comprehensive services for marginalized and disadvantaged people;
- assisting the private sector to contribute meaningfully to the communities in which it works.
Our work focuses on preventing illness, especially among youth and women; on ensuring equitable and inclusive access to treatment for those who have contracted an illness; and on providing care and support to those living with and those affected by illness.
WUSC promotes access to health and wellness through:
- building the capacity of partner organizations to better provide quality prevention, treatment and care of people affected by HIV and AIDS;
- increasing the access to quality care and support for people affected by HIV and AIDS;
- enhancing the quality of care and support for mothers and children under 5;
- improving access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
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