Access to good health care is vital to the wellbeing of any society. Unfortunately, extreme hunger, child and maternal mortality, vector-borne diseases, and HIV/AIDS are still prevalent in the developing world.
We help vulnerable communities to access affordable health care, focusing on clubfoot in Bangladesh, maternal health in Zimbabwe, aural health in Cambodia, and mosquito-borne disease in Vietnam.
We help rural communities in Zimbabwe to build maternal waiting homes to prevent childbirth death, as well as the transmission of HIV from mother to child. The homes are close to remote communities where women are likely to give birth at home and face life-threatening complications. Trained nurses offer pre- and ante-natal care, and refer mothers to hospitals early in serious cases. They also teach women about nutrition and breastfeeding, and promote the importance of maternal medicine in their communities.
In Bangladesh, we help children born with clubfoot to undergo free, world-class treatment through the Walk for Life program. Walk for Life corrects children’s feet using non-surgical techniques. This means children can reach their full potential, and increase their chances of escaping poverty. Walk for Life also works to remove the social stigma around clubfoot in Bangladesh.
In Vietnam, we work with the World Mosquito Program (WMP) to protect communities in Vietnam from mosquito-borne diseases. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, our Asia hub supports projects in the region and contributes to core global operations. The WMP uses safe and natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the threat of dengue, Zika and chikungunya outbreaks.
The All Ears Cambodia project targets disadvantaged patients who would otherwise struggle to access health care. All Ears treats hearing problems early to avoid the development of long-term issues, targeting children from poor communities in particular.
In Timor Leste, we work with PRADET (Psycho-social Recovery and Development in East Timor) to offer mental health rehabilitation and psycho-social support for people recovering from mental illness and trauma so they can become independent, and reintegrate with their families and communities. Their advocacy and education work also seeks to remove the stigma around mental illness.