engage now africa

HEAL

1 Health Posts & Clinics

We have worked closely with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to construct 15 health posts in regions where the most vulnerable communities are located. Often, there was no access to medical care prior to our arrival. Women gave birth at home and the incidence of childhood mortality was extremely high. Today, these facilities are located close enough to the villages to reach on a donkey or on a small motorized tricycle.

Government extension workers treat minor illnesses and provide immunizations. As a result of ENA’s involvement, the Ethiopian government has greatly expanded its support to these communities and now provides nurses and physicians, as needed, in clinics. The extension work from the health posts also supports the local communities with nutritional and dietary training, improved crop and planting techniques, and hygiene and sanitation education and training.

In Sierra Leone, the Lyn Clinic has become a nationally recognized model for providing high-quality health care. A full-range of medical, laboratory, pre-natal and well-baby services are available, greatly improving the health and well-being of adults and children in Bo.

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2 Medical Services

Many people in Africa have very limited access to major medical intervention and surgery. As part of ENA’s effort to increase personal self-reliance, we ensure that every person we work with is enrolled in national health plans that are available to them.

Beyond this, to address major medical issues, ENA has instituted a program to provide assistance. People in dire situations are referred to us. Through the kindness of strategic partners with shared vision, ENA has been able to help individuals receive life-saving treatments, medicines, and surgeries from preferred physicians, clinics and hospitals.

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3 Water & Sanitation

Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa will never be solved until her people have access to clean water—truly the first building block of self-reliance. In many African countries, 70 percent of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation conditions.

In Ghana, over six million people rely on surface water for their daily needs and more than half lack adequate toilet facilities. Engage Now Africa has provided bore holes and other water systems in vulnerable communities where more than 165,000 people live.

We have completed large water systems in Ethiopia where the challenge is just as great. Accessible, clean water alleviates disease, allows children time to attend school and greatly strengthens self-reliance. It also is one of the best investments you can make. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that every dollar spent on clean water projects yields $4 in economic return. Those who provide water to the thirsty are literally treated as heroes by recipients.

ENA began teaching the value of sanitation and personal hygiene to village elders in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia.Understanding how vital this effort was for the health of their people, the elders adopted the practices we taught, and with our assistance built latrines for their families. The elders became the trainers, and this train-the-trainer model began a transformational era where more than 6,000 latrines and wash stations were constructed. Today, village elders assign men to continue the village training and latrine construction.

ENA built upon this foundation to build community latrines where families could share a facility, and also public latrines located in large market areas where thousands of people gather to buy and sell their goods.

We have similarly engaged communities in Sierra Leone and Ghana, providing families access to safe and secure bathroom facilities, greatly reducing the spread of disease and improving the quality of life.

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