Health

Health, hygiene, sanitation and epidemic prevention

Information and health for everyone!

Currently, health is not just the absence of disease. It is need an active attitude of citizens in promoting it. In such an unfair world, basic hygiene habits, sanitation and access to quality primary health care should be promoted. Healthy eating habits, physically active lives, stress reduction or good sleep habits should be promoted. The diseases that still kill many people in developing countries are preventable diseases. “By 2030, it is intended to end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and tropical diseases, and fight against hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other transmitted diseases”. The solutions depend on the greater dissemination of information on how to prevent, treat or stop its spread. There is also a need of good allocation of resources and the improvement of the general living conditions of citizens. This year, ADPP Guinea Bissau developed projects for HIV prevention and treatment, sanitation and eradication of open defecation and awareness and treatment of cases of obstetric fistula.

Projects

Prevention, Treatment and Care of HIV in the Armed Forces

The “Prevention, Treatment and Care of HIV in the Armed Forces” project supports military barracks and their health services in the identification, treatment and follow-up of HIV and tuberculosis cases, having the partnership with the US Department of Defense, and being implemented together with the Armed Forces of Guinea Bissau, SNLS and the Ministry of Health. In the first phase, a study was carried out on knowledge, attitudes and practices in the areas surrounding the military barracks. Through activists and peer educators trained by the project, information on HIV prevention was disseminated and many people were mobilized to make the test and receive the result of it. In the first phase, the work was carried out at Bissau and next year it will be expanded to Mansoa, Bafatá and Buba sectors.

Sanitation, Prevention of Open Defecation

The “Sanitation, Prevention of Open Defecation” project started in July 2018 and ended in December 2019. The project aimed to improve the sanitation of 40 tabancas in Oio and Cacheu regions and end with open defecation and the diseases associated with this practice – diarrhea and diseases transmitted through contaminated water. Through financing from KAFO Federation and members of Humana People to People, 44 double latrines were built and hygiene systems were promoted next to them. To ensure the sustainability of these actions, the project had a strong training component for members of the tabancas in: construction of latrines, hygiene, sanitation, drinking water and gender equality.

PRO-GB Water & Sanitation – Ianda Luz Ku Iagu

The “PRO-GB Water & Sanitation – Ianda Luz Ku Iagu” project, financed by European Union, started in September 2019. Its implementation is done in partnership with the NGO TESE. The project team was constituted and had access to several training moments. The year 2020 will bring the implementation of the activities.

Health Action

The “Health Action” project was implemented from January to December 2019 in the regions of Oio and Gabú. Different activities were carried out aiming the promotion of health – workshops in schools on nutrition and hygiene, awareness on the use of latrines, hand washing and methods of conserving drinking water and creating individual family plans to change health habits; on disease prevention – cleaning public places and spaces around health centers, workshops about STIs and condom distribution, training of health centre workers on ZIKA and obstetric fistula.