Health

Our goal is to facilitate better health care services for the vulnerable and marginalized groups in our society.

To achieve this goal, the foundation will support initiatives in the following areas:

  • Malaria
  • Cancer
  • Maternal and child health

Malaria

The severity and scope of malaria is recognized all over the world as every year millions of people die from malaria. Most vulnerable are children, pregnant women, and those in isolated regions with little access to prevention and treatment resources. Of the estimated 655,000 malaria deaths that occur each year, 91 percent are in Africa. Of these, 86% are children under 5 years of age (WHO, 2011).

These statistics carry huge economic and societal costs. In Africa alone, malaria has been estimated to cost 12 billion dollars annual. This includes costs of health care, working days lost due to sickness, days lost in education, decreased productivity, and loss of investment and tourism (Greenwood et al. 2005). In countries with high transmission, this equates to an average of 1.3 percent of annual economic growth and up to 25 percent of household income (RBM 2010).

According to McKinsey & Co., rapid and large scale deployment of malaria interventions would increase economic output by as much as USD 30 billion in Africa and prevent 672 million malaria cases over a five-year period.

 

Cancer

Cancer affects everyone – the young and old, the rich and poor, men, women and children – and represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, however, between 30-50% of cancers are preventable by healthy lifestyle choices while others can be detected early, treated and cured (WHO 2017).

Our Foundation focuses on three types of cancer that affect men and women respectively. They are prostrate cancer; and cervical and breast cancers.

 

Maternal and Child Health

In 2015, approximately 303,000 women died due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths happened in low income families and majority could have been prevented (WHO 2016).

Published reports show that 5.9 million children below the age of 5 years died in 2015 and more than half of these early child deaths were due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions (WHO 2015).

The World Health Organization Fact files reports that children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions.

Child Health – Infant and Young child

Malnutrition is responsible, directly or indirectly for about one third of deaths among children under five. Well above two thirds of these deaths, often associated with inappropriate feeding practices, occur during the first year of life. (UNICEF)

Nutrition and nurturing during the first years of life are both crucial for life-long health and well-being. In infancy, no gift is more precious than breastfeeding; yet barely one in three infants is exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life.

The World Health Organization recommends that infants start breastfeeding within one hour of life, are exclusively breastfed for six months, with timely introduction of adequate, safe and properly fed complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond.

 

Drive

These health issues have severely slowed the economic growth and social development in Africa as human potential is wasted and millions of people are unable to work or receive an education.

ACT foundation is determined to contribute to the global vision of eradicating these epidemics and meet the sustainable development goals.