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World Health Day: Preventing Disease Around the World

Published 03/31/2011 by Global Communities

World Health Day: Preventing Disease Around the World

Healthy communities provide a foundation for spurring economic, political and social development. Preventing and responding to disease is a critical component of helping communities achieve their goals, and CHF International is working to help these communities become more resistant and reactive to sickness. Our work in health focuses on increasing families’ access to disease prevention and health services. Using a holistic and integrated approach that enables positive living and health-conscious behavior, we are working to strengthen communities and provide them with a healthy foundation on which to build their future.
In recognition of World Health Day, we are featuring some our health-related success stories from around the world.
Honduras
In Honduras, we are the principal grant recipient for the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. Among other activities, CHF organizes workshops where women sex workers learn about the correct and consistent use of the condom. Lectures include the subjects of self-esteem, drugs, alcohol, HIV/AIDS, prevention of other sexually transmitted diseases, and gender issues . Meet Eliana: http://www.chfinternational.org/node/34779
Haiti
In response to the recent cholera outbreak, CHF mobilized an existing network of community organizers to educate as many people as possible about how to avoid, diagnose, and seek treatment for cholera. Read about the results here: http://www.chfinternational.org/node/34874
Ghana
Limited access to water and sanitation facilities breeds disease and inhibits economic viability. In Ghana, CHF is working in urban slums to educate communities on the importance of proper hygiene. A recently inaugurated public latrine will benefit five project communities and serve almost 4,000 urban students: http://www.chfinternational.org/node/35153
Indonesia
After the tsunami of 2004 and the earthquake of 2006, CHF placed an emphasis on reducing the transmission of food-borne diseases, something that had been common before the disasters. Through the creation of healthy markets, which feature improved drainage areas and water systems, CHF helped to reduce incidence of food borne diseases throughout the community: http://www.chfinternational.org/node/34462