Approximately 1.6 million Africans died of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV-related illnesses in 2015. These diseases can be prevented or treated with timely access to appropriate and affordable medicines, vaccines and other health services. But many sick patients do not have access to locally produced drugs and may not be able to afford to buy the imported ones.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 50% of children under five who die of pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are in Africa.
According to Dr. Roland Turay, local Operations Director of ILF in Sierra Leone, “when you seek medical attention, you are often informed that there is no medication and advised to go to the big hospitals,” which the majority of the poor cannot afford. Or often receive incorrect medication which results in worsen condition or death.
In a ministry with a holistic approach, we cannot be naïve to these challenges. “For a good tree to bear good fruit, we have to nourish the root”. As a result, medical attention has become a major part of ILF’s “Health and Wellness” program.
In tandem with continued hygiene education and access to free medicine in the villages we serve, not only do we aim to address the existing medical challenges but also take preemptive steps to a healthier future community.