Findings have shown that living in substandard housing and utilization of contaminated water is detrimental to human health.However,the water condition in Africa is unsafe to use , many low-income people houses are inferior and women health is unhealthy. WHO and UNICEF (2012) point out,”About 2.6 billion people–half the developing world–lack even a simple improved latrine and 1.1 billion people have no access to any type of improved drinking water source.” Meanwhile, United Nations (2013)reports that,”The world is experiencing a global housing crisis;over 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing, 827 million people live in urban slums and 100 million are homeless.
Decent Housing is Health
The housing and water problem needs to be addressed because bad housing has its greatest impact on children. As Harker a British housing expert ( as cited in Habitat for Humanity,2017) explains, “Childhood is a precious time when our experiences shape the adults we become―but children who grow up in bad housing are robbed of their future chances…. (they have) lower educational attainment and a greater likelihood of being impoverished and unemployed as adults.
” She expands, “Poor living conditions lead to poor health, which in turn limits a family’s ability to earn an income. Education and healthcare are not free in many countries, and so a limited income means that these are jeopardized. Providing the poor with decent home is a way of eradicating poverty and at the same time improves their health and breaking the cycle of families’ generational poverty.”
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Potable water for all
Water is very important for our health. Kenneth S.Saladin in his book Anatomy &Physiology points out that,”Most mixture in our bodies consist of chemicals dissolved in water. Water constitutes 50% to 75% of our body weight, depending on age, sex, fat content, and other factors.”Saladin expands that,”The structure of water has profound biological effects.” Because of the significance of water to heal, Promoting a Healthier Africa aspires to provide access to clean drinking water to all.
The Dignity of Our Girls and the Health of Postpartum Mothers Matters
This is a sanitary pads program. Many girls in rural Africa are forced to drop out of school or skip classes during their monthly periods due to preventable lack of sanitary napkins. Additionally, many postpartum mothers cannot afford sanitary pads. Instead, they use unhygienic old rags which give them infections.
Who is Promoting a Healthier Africa? Promoting a Healthier Africa (PAHA) is a private, nonprofit, community -based organization (NGO). It has a 501 (c)(3) status, that endeavors to promote health in rural Africa. PAHA believes that the water condition is unsafe in Africa, housing condition is sub-standard, and women health needs to be improved especially in rural areas.