Health

As a result of poor hygienic conditions and inadequate medical facilities, there are many people in the world today who lose their lives to diarrhea and other infectious diseases. Though these could easily be treated in Japan, there are regions in the world where one in every 10 children before reaching the age of 5 dies from such diseases. In order to improve this situation, AAR Japan is putting in place activities to support sanitary environments, as well as providing assistance for maternal and child healthcare. Moreover, we are assisting orphans of AIDS in Zambia.

Activities

Support for Maternal and Child Healthcare

In order to receive medical assistance for childbirth, there are cases where a woman in labor must walk 5 hours to the nearest hospital. Though such a thing is unthinkable in Japan, in today’s world situations such as this continue to occur. In both Zambia and Laos, AAR Japan continues to conduct activities geared towards protecting the health and lives of women and children. In Zambia, we are constructing clinics while enhancing the obstetric capacity of a health center through provision of medical equipment and other supplies. Moreover, we are strengthening mobile health clinics to offer maternal and child healthcare services such as vaccination and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Furthermore, we are training community volunteers for the promotion of maternal and child healthcare in their communities to enhance the local population’s knowledge of maternal and child health. In 9 villages of the Phongsaly Province in Laos, 2 health centers as well as county and district hospitals have been made our focus, with efforts to furnish them with medical equipment, provide the appropriate training in their use, and strengthen maternal and child health services for the local population.

Plans for better sanitation

In public elementary schools for girls and girls schools in refugee camps in Pakistan, we have excavated water wells, installed water tanks and handwashing areas, and performed repair work on toilets. Additionally, we have initiated hygiene promotion to teach how to properly wash ones hands. In Sudan, we have installed toilets in the elementary schools of Kassala and showed the children how to correctly use them in order to improve the poor sanitary conditions.

Plans to combat Mycetoma

From 2013 in the White Nile State of Sudan, we have worked closely with a local NGO to take measures against Mycetoma.
Mycetoma is an infectious disease that is borne from germs in the soil that are transmitted through an open wound. After making its way into the body, it gradually begins to afflict the muscles and bones. The White Nile State of Sudan has a high number of patients who suffer from this disease. AAR Japan provided the hospital in Al Andalus Village with medical equipment and apparatus, in addition to dispatching volunteer medical staff from Mycetoma research center and Soba University Hospital at the University of Khartoum. These medical staff perform surgeries and administer various medical treatments. Moreover, as an action to prevent further infectious diseases and to disseminate accurate information about infectious diseases amongst the population, we develop educational materials and hold awareness raising sessions.

Plans to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS

In Zambia, 1 in every 11 children loses a parent to AIDS. AAR Japan provides assistance so that these orphan children are able to attend school. Moreover, AAR Japan supports the income-generating activities such as poultry and milling by the guardian groups who choose to take in and raise these orphans. Furthermore, in 2015 we built the “Library for Everyone” to provide a space where children can study and gather to read.

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