Heal for Africa is a youth-led non-governmental and not for profit organization committed to transforming Africa through health, social and economic empowerment of women and girls whilst promoting good health and well being via educational and community based programs, especially in under-served communities.
The acronyms HEAL stands for Health Education and Advocacy for a sustainable Livelihood. These embody our core aims and objectives in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 and 5: Good Health and Well being and Gender equality. However, the work we do invariably contributes in the achieving some other SDGs.
PAY ATTENTION TO HER project
The Pay Attention To Her (PATH) project aims at empowering women and girls through sexual and reproductive health education and empowering women and girls across Africa with knowledge and skills to develop their personal capacity, harness their full potentials and contribute to the development of their families and the nation.
How are we achieving this?
We have developed a chain of projects tailored for different ages and social groups.
The PATH SCHOOL GIRL program which is themed #TheEmpoweredGirlChild focusing on menstrual hygiene education and enlightening the girl child about her role as a human resource tool in nation building. Via this program, we are nurturing the girl child to be healthy, self aware, more confident and more equipped to thrive in our repressive society. It targets girls in the public schools and rural areas who are prone to absenteeism, dropping out of school, early pregnancy, transaction sex and other social vices associated with lack of access to menstrual products.
Other highlights of this exercise includes setting up a PATH Girls Hub in each school visited for continuity and follow up and donation of free PATH PERIOD PURSES containing Sanitary pads, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet soap, and disinfectant
The PATH RURAL WOMAN program which focuses on empowering women in the rural areas to improve their social, economic and health status thereby eliminating poverty, discrimination, illiteracy, and ill health. Activities captured under this exercise include reproductive health education (family planning and prevention of female cancers, menopause) and Skill acquisition training.
HEAL THE SLUMS project
The #HealTheSlums project is geared towards impacting the lives of the poor, needy and hard to reach population with programs centered around health education and medical outreaches. People living in the slums are denied basic rights such as good food, healthcare, shelter and portable water which makes live unpleasant for them. This project is dedicated to these group of people to give them a sense of belonging to the society and so doing renewing their hope for a better tomorrow. Activities include free medical outreach, deworming of children, education on prevention of common communicable disease, distribution of stationery for school children, food and household items. In addition to having a merry and fun time with interaction and feedback.
This project serves as a first contact with indigent people in the slums, where we conduct needs assessment to aid advocacy, project and implementation planning. We interact with community leaders to find out the challenges they face and the areas needing intervention so as to liaise with other stakeholders to implement them.
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
— Mitch Albom.