We support marginalised and vulnerable populations to access their health rights, with a particular focus on women and children. In the areas in which we work, there is widespread discrimination against women and the majority are excluded from decision-making regarding their own welfare and reproductive health. We provide education to women and their communities and work to give them a voice.
HIV and Aids Health Clubs
African Initiatives has been working with the Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy (CASEC) in Tanzania since 2010. We work with fourteen secondary schools in Arusha (around 7,000 students each year) to develop Health Clubs. Peer educators from each club are trained, and then share their learning with the rest of the school. The sessions provide a space to learn about issues surrounding HIV & AIDS in a no-taboos setting, but they have become a lot more than this. Students at Oloirien School for example, have dug a vegetable garden which provides food for the whole school, including those students who could not afford lunch in the past. Read the project summary here
Accessing Health Rights
Between September 2011 and August 2015 we ran a project in partnership with The Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC) in Northern Ghana. This four-year project was designed to address the barriers to women registering for the government health insurance scheme in the deprived rural areas of the Upper East and Northern region and to improve the reproductive health knowledge and status of the marginalised and vulnerable population. In addition, the project worked to improve women’s participation in decision-making, including reproductive health choices. Read the project summary here
“There are cases of women delivering and losing their babies in villages due to a lack of proper information on reproductive health and this is a project which gives information on sexual reproductive health, family planning and Ante-natal and Post Natal care, which will go a long way to stopping mothers from losing their babies.” Becky Seidu- Women’s Rights Coordinator