Health care in Sub-Saharan Africa remains the worst in the world, according to the report from International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank on demand for investment, with few countries able to spend the $34 to $40 a year per person that the World Health Organization considers the minimum for basic health care. And despite widespread poverty, an astonishing 50 percent of the region’s health expenditure is financed by out-of-pocket payments from individuals. Donor attention has yielded remarkable efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. But most of the region lacks the infrastructure to deliver health care and faces a severe shortage of trained medical personnel.
It is line with this background that SNC partners with people like you to provide sustained, equitable access to essential, high-quality health services responsive to people’s needs without financial hardship, thereby protecting poor and underserved people from illness, death, and extreme poverty.
Our Health Care Program include Super health and medical treatment camps model which are uniquely cost-effective in providing health care to impoverished families of rural communities in places where we work. By bringing together organizations and resources already present, we create a public/private partnership formula that allows everyone to win—especially the patients! In delivery of medical camps our focus is the following areas;
- Primary care/general medicine
- Dental care (excluding dentures)
- Optical care services, including free reading glasses
- Diagnostic services (laboratory tests, X-ray and Ultra Sound)
- HIV medication provision through partner organizations and the government clinic
- Direct referrals
- Patient follow-up by VHTs with referrals for further treatment when needed
- Direct referral for physical rehabilitation & burn cases
How we plan our Medical Camps Outreaches
Our Health Care Program staff first meets with local government officials and community stakeholders at the district level to explain the concept and invite them to be our partners. They agree to provide a major public health facility for 10 days, without charge. Typically, this “Health Center IV” is on a multi-acre campus with examination rooms, operating theaters, maternity department, patient wards, laboratory, pharmacy, and offices.