Many African countries today are faced with enormous healthcare challengesranging from HIV/AIDS to tuberculosis and the plague of malaria. According to a study conducted in 2010 by the World Health Organization (WHO), on average, Africans live 14 years less than the average world citizen, and 21 years less than the average European. Far more alarming is the maternal mortality and the mortality rate for children under five years which are more than double the world average. Studies show that there are only 2.3 doctors per 1,000 people in Africa, less than one- tenth of the figure in Europe and less than half the figure in South-East Asia. The numbers for rural African communities are even disturbing.
Following in-depth review of evidence-based research studies on how to systematically combat the healthcare challenges in Africa, weCareInitiative for Africa (weCare Africa) has come to a clear understanding that the lack of knowledge of basic medical techniques, absence of essential medical equipmentandinadequate training of medical personnel in preventive measures and emergency medicineare some of the key factors affecting the crippled healthcare industry in Africa today.
weCare Africa has identified 3 key initiativesthrough which we will be most impactful in contributing towards optimizing the healthcare system in rural African communities:
– Training of Health Workers : Emphasis on training healthcare workers such as nurses and midwives in preventive medicine.
– Donation ofLife-saving Medical Equipment : medical equipmentsuch as BP monitoring, EKG machine, blood sugar monitoring, pulse oximeter and stethoscope will be donated to underequipped rural clinics to enable them eradicate preventable death. These five listed medical equipment are fundamentally vital in crises management and on-going establishment of each individual’s medical health baseline. weCare will ensue that medical personnel such as nurses and nursing assistants are effectively trained on the proper use and maintenance of these medical equipment in order to optimize health and prevent health decompensation.
– Community Health Education : weCareaims to educate rural communities basic hygiene and sanitary practices, healthier lifestyle practices and preventing of the spread of infectious diseases through highlighting the importance of adequate and frequent hand washing, encouraging the constant practice of donning gloves, mask and protective shields while assisting sick persons, as defined by WHO as Universal Precautions (An approach to infection control by treating all human blood and bloodily fluids as if they were known to be infectious for HIV, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne pathogens).