Perhaps the greatest need of rural and under-privileged communities in Ghana is none other than health and education intervention programs.
The health and education needs are known to be a major factor to the high level of poverty in underdeveloped countries. Poverty creates ill-health because it forces people to live in environments that make them sick, without decent shelter, clean water or adequate sanitation.
Poverty creates hunger, which in turn leaves people vulnerable to disease. Poverty denies people access to reliable health services and affordable medicines, and causes children to miss out on routine vaccinations. Poverty creates illiteracy, leaving people poorly informed about health risks and forced into dangerous jobs that harm their health.
MAM foundation’s programs are therefore tuned to meet the educational and health needs of deprived rural communities, thereby reducing poverty and offering hope to all.
More than 70% percent of diseases and illnesses reported at health facilities across Sub Saharan Africa, and for that mater Ghana, are communicable diseases. Communicable diseases, also known as infectious diseases, are illnesses that result from the infection, presence and growth of pathogenic (capable of causing disease) biologic agents in an individual human or other animal host. Communicable diseases spread from one person to another or from an animal to a person. Lack of health education is a major reason for the high incidence of communicable diseases observed in Ghana. MAM foundation#8217;s education programs are aimed at the education of rural communities on various aspects of public health, such as: sanitation, infection control etc. The health education and other health interventional programs are interlinked to elicit the best positive outcomes.
MAM foundation’s health education and intervention programs are administered through the following strategies:
- Medical Screening Program
- Health Education and Training Outreach Program
- Youth Health and Sanitation Clubs Formation Program
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Program
- Malaria, TB And HIV Awareness and Prevention Programs
- Medical Equipment and Supplies Donation Program
- Community Water Provision (Bore-Holes) Program
Community water provision (bore-holes) programs is key to MAM Foundation’s intervention programs. It involves the provision of borehole water facilities for deprived communities. Safe water is one of the most important needs in public health in the twenty-first century. The major health threat posed by drinking unsafe water is infectious diseases, which are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity for children under the age of 5, and it is estimated to cause 1.5 million deaths annually in developing countries. In addition to the widespread cases of water-borne diseases resulting from the contamination of water sources, concerns have been raised about the unavailability of portable water sources to deprived communities. This makes them vulnerable to these water-borne diseases.
MAM foundation’s health intervention programs are geared towards complementing government efforts in providing education programs to rural communities. Various governments in times past have tried to provide education to the rural communities, yet much leaves to be desired. The education intervention strategies by MAM are as follows:
- Volunteer Teacher Program
- Youth Education Program
- Community and School Library Support Programs
- Scholarships Programs
- Girl Child Education and Empowerment Programs