Health Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being not merely the absence of diseases of infirmity (WHO. 1946)
EIS facilitates and empowers individuals and communities to improve their health through education which creates awareness, increases literacy, prevent diseases and injuries with the goal to bring about improved behavioral change. These interventions are designed to target all members of the community with education that is inclusive. Guided by the health peculiarities in each community, special interest will be on mental health, conditions which can lead to disability, STIs, practices which can fuel poor maternal and child health, Sexual and Reproductive health and the health rights of the target beneficiaries.
Community mobilization and education is one major strategy used by EIS to create awareness and promote healthy practices in communities through the use of health fairs, mass media campaigns, local community come together and other feasible avenues. In addition, we mediate between the various interest groups in communities who have a direct and indirect impact on the promotion and protection of health to make considerable inputs in this area. Further EIS engages in advocacy at all levels to address the health needs identified. We support and partner with communities, organizations and individuals to mobilize human and material resources both locally and international to implement activities. In order to ensure sustainability in every community, EIS trains community volunteers who are the key drivers of interventions in each community.
According to Fitzgerald Health Education Associates., health prevention is the most cost-effective way to fight against diseases. With this in mind, EIS works with underserved communities to prevent disease and injuries before thy occur, refer and or link individuals with diseases or injuries in need of services and where these health conditions are chronic, EIS supports the affected population to access the required services in order to reduce the impact of the illness or injury on the individual and their communities. EIS in partnership with health facilities organizes regular health campaigns during when communities are screened and tested for common communicable and non-communicable disease. In effect, EIS serves as an intermediary between those in need services and those with the resources and capacities to meet the identified and expressed needs in each community.
Under this thematic area, the designs of interventions are informed by the epidemiological distribution in each population with special attention to women and children and the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) estimates that youths living with HIV/AIDS are ages 13 to 24 years old. Considering the huge vulnerability of young people, interventions are designed on issues affecting the health of adolescents and young people for instance on Sexual and Reproductive Health issues, HIV, Drug abuse and other mental health conditions.
Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important in promoting and maintaining health, reducing disability and death. But this is often not the case based on barriers like race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location. Although EIS is not involved in the direct provision of medical care, with the use of community volunteers, we conduct in-depth, need assessments to identify real needs in each community. Guided by the results of the need assessment, EIS uses its established collaboration with health services and other public and private organizations to bring services to these communities in need. In this area, the emphasis is on a community-based approach through the use of mobile service delivery team. Based on the context, individuals are supported to have access to health insurance coverage which helps reduce the burden of health care.
Rehabilitation “a set of measures that assist individuals who experience, or are likely to experience disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with their environments”
World Health Organization defines rehabilitation as “a set of measures that assist individuals who experience, or are likely to experience disability to achieve and maintain optimal functioning in interaction with their environments”. At EIS, we partner with local and international organizations to provide education in communities and institutions of learning on disease conditions and actions which can bring about disabilities and poor mental health. During sensitization campaigns, the population is screened and those at risk are linked to required support services. When cases of disabilities are identifies, EIS works with the individual and their families to ensure they have access services in a supportive environment. This is done by helping people manage long-term, often-complex health problems and injuries in order to improve their ability to function, their quality of life and their life expectancy.
In many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5-15% of people who require assistive devices and technologies have access to them. Through our partnerships with other organizations, Persons with disabilities have access to Assistive devices and technologies (wheelchairs, walking sticks, prostheses, hearings aids, visual aids, specialized computer software and hardware that increase mobility, hearing, vision, or communication capacities, etc) to enable them maintain or improve their individual functioning and independence with the goal to facilitate participation and enhance overall well-being. We also help to prevent impairments and secondary health conditions.
WASH Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
According to WHO (Wealth Health Organization), the lack of sanitation contributes to about 700.000 child death every year due to diarrhea in mostly developing countries. Working in accordance with our target audience, EIS adopts the Sustainable Development Goal # 6 which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all most especially women and girls.
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) constitute a major component of our health promotion package. Through this strategy, we support communities’ access education and skills to adopt adequate sanitation and hygiene practices with the intension to reduces illness, death and improve socio-economic development. We also provide sanitary kits to underserved girls in schools. In addition we assist communities’ access safe water and ensure it is managed in a sustainable manner.
- Undertake hygiene promotion outreach activities that integrate health and sanitation messages.
- Build safe and accessible water and sanitation facilities that reduce the risks of health hygiene in US and Cameroon.