When it comes to global health, progress discriminates against rural Africa.
Even as poverty ebbs in Africa, gains don’t always make it to the countryside. As a result, rural communities lag behind cities, especially in healthcare. These remote villages lack basic necessities like doctors, medicine, and even clean water.
With fewer patients and less income, doctors have less reason to set up practice away from Cameroon’s main cities. There’s a significant gap between access to healthcare in Cameroon’s cities and the surrounding areas.
We’re addressing this inequity with a revolutionary idea. Hope for Africa can be found in the hands of Africans. Resourceful, smart people capable of improving their odds when someone shows them how.
At Genesis Foundation, our efforts take a variety of forms, to maximize our impact on the communities we serve.
Multiple Hygiene Campaigns to Defend Against Dysentery, Cholera, and Intestinal worms
In Africa, diseases like dysentery, cholera, and intestinal worms have the strongest hold on areas with the fewest resources and weak sanitation. They thrive and spread, sneaking into shared water supplies from infected but symptom-free people. As people get sick, they retreat from school and work, diminishing local economies.
Measuring Our Impact
After our hygiene and sanitation campaign, the difference was palpable. In one year of Genesis Foundation’s activity, cases of dysentery, diarrhea, and intestinal worms dropped from 218 to 47. Our efforts contributed directly to this outcome.
As a direct result of working within the community to generate excitement and buy-in, leaders and sanitary inspectors continued to work for sanitation after the campaign had ended.
Keeping Malaria at Bay with Bed Net Monitoring and Evaluations
Malaria is the number one killer in Africa. We’ve confirmed this grim finding through volunteer surveys and collaboration with the Bome Health Centre.
Our ability to foster awareness and independence stems from educating and training our people. That’s how we can trust our impact will outlast our work.
Health Fairs and Screenings
Reaching many people efficiently is one of the biggest challenges in rural Africa. Genesis Foundation regularly hosts community health fairs, to tackle a variety of issues and reach communities.
Our main community health fair is organized every winter, in February or March.
Medication and Supplies
Education is a fine thing, but it can’t replace medication. At our community health fairs, we’re able to offer people medication to protect against and treat intestinal worms and malaria, diseases that are all too common.
Our volunteers uncovered prevalence of both hypertension and diabetes in our target population, which impacts many lives.
We continue our work with hygiene and sanitation at our community health fairs. We isolate behaviors that taint water and spread germs, and demonstrate best practices. Depending on our supply, we’re able to distribute things like soap and buckets to ensure people put their new knowledge into action when they return home.