Teach To Grow Health Care
We work to educate families in prevention of malaria, and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases. We run projects to distribute mosquito netting as a part of an anti-malaria education project. Malaria is rated as the leading cause of childhood mortality in Burundi, with 48 percent of children under five dying of the disease prior to 2011. A single malaria net can be bought for a donation of just $10.
A functioning health system is crucial in ending poverty. In addition to lack of care health access, many people in “Sigi” located in the province of “Mukike”, have chronic health issues such as malnutrition and diarrhea. Lack of clean water is widespread, and families cannot afford to purchase food. An estimated 29 per cent of children under five in Burundi are underweight.
We have begun a program to buy government health care cards for vulnerable families in Sigi. At a cost of only $5 per card, the sponsored individuals are able to access disease management and prevention. These donations are making a large impact in the lives of families. Normally, if a family falls ill they receive no treatment, leading to school, or employment absence and no wages. With this card, individuals receive immediate access to health benefits.