Addressing Physical, Mental and Social Well being
- Health education and trainingHIV/AIDS
- Capacity Development
- Mental Healthcare
- Nutrition Services
- Primary Health Care
- Reproductive Healthcare
- Sexual and Gender-based Violence
- Safe Water and Sanitation
Health is increasingly seen as a key aspect of human security, as diseases linked to poverty accelerate societal breakdown. The World Health Organization states that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”
AHA places special emphasis on investing in health to reduce poverty through addressing the physical, mental and social wellbeing of vulnerable populations. At the heart of our work is community based healthcare, where assisted populations are both partners in and beneficiaries of the services we deliver. We not only care for affected populations but also seek to empower them, by supporting individual health needs and providing training and employment to community health workers. We recruit local doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff and train community members to deliver education and support services. Through building the capacity of a community to serve its own needs, we enable people to achieve self reliance and sustainable outcomes.
AHA also plays an active role in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Global Health Cluster, working at both international and country levels as part of the Cluster Leadership Approach, with WHO as the lead agency.
In providing the following services AHA seeks to deliver holistic care to those who need it and make lasting improvements to devastated healthcare systems:
Primary Healthcare: AHA provides basic preventative and curative services, with a focus on the most vulnerable: children, women, and the elderly.
Mental Healthcare: Affected populations can undergo highly traumatic experiences as a result of crisis, having an adverse effect on their mental health at varying levels. It is established that an average of more than 50% of refugees present mental health problems ranging from chronic mental disorders to trauma, distress, and a great deal of suffering. Thus AHA has integrated mental health care throughout our services, identifying and treating mental health problems and providing psychological support services.
Maternal and Child Healthcare: Maternal and child healthcare is integral to AHA health services, positively impacting on child and maternal morbidity and mortality rate, lessening the impact of disease and contributing to poverty alleviation. As such, AHA provides mass immunizations, well-child clinics, prevention of mother to child transmission and training for midwives and traditional birth attendants to reduce maternal and child mortality.
Reproductive Healthcare: It is the right of every man and woman to be informed about and have access to appropriate reproductive healthcare services and to h
ave a responsible and safe sex life, healthy pregnancy, and safe childbirth. Therefore AHA delivers a full range of services, to promote better reproductive health, awareness, and understanding. Services include but are not limited to: information, education and communication; distribution of contraceptives; health clinics; births attended by skilled health personnel; testing HIV/AIDS mother-to-child transmission; sexually transmitted diseases and community support services.
Nutrition Services: Working closely with the World Food Programs, AHA provides vulnerable populations with the necessary food and non-food items, nutritional and growth monitoring education, supplementary and therapeutic feeding programs, counselling services and home visits for the vulnerable.
HIV/AIDS: Sub-Saharan Africa has just over 10% of the world’s population; but is home to more than 65% of all people living with HIV, with about 32.9 million cases. Recognising the huge effects of HIV on individuals as well as society as a whole, AHA provides communities with a broad spectrum of medical support and care services, along with information, communication, and education. Our services include: diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections and opportunistic infections, as well as training for HIV/AIDS car
etakers, distribution of appropriate drug therapies, and public education.
Malaria: This disease continues to exert a heavy toll on African populations, particularly children under the age of five years and pregnant women. AHA works to ensure that affected populations have access to preventive and curative interventions by providing mosquito nets, treatment, education, sensitization, and monitoring.
Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV): AHA’s programme for SGBV aims at reducing the incidence of SGBV and ensuring the well-being of SGBV survivors. Our services target women and girls who have been subject to or who are vulnerable to SGBV. We work across the board with different communities including, refugees, IDPs, returnees and local populations, applying a multi-sectoral approach to the many challenges SGBV presents, increasing awareness, and establishing treatment protocols.
Safe Water and Sanitation: AHA works to promote the quality and quantity of water in communities, along with good hygiene and a clean and healthy environment. Activities include sensitization, education, monitoring, management, rehabilitation, and construction of water and sanitation facilities.
Health Education and Traning: The provision of health education and training is central to AHA’s delivery of healthcare, as the best means of empowering and supporting affected populations to achieve sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. Therefore we focus on providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity. Activities see us working together with young and old, to provide opportunities to raise awareness, sensitize, educate, share knowledge and skills, develop abilities, and increase employment.