Welcome to Team Work Afrika

Team Work Afrika (TWA) is a local based, non- governmental, non-profit making organization, dedicated to establishing and maintaining developmental programs, finding and providing opportunities for children who are victims of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Pneumonia and absolute poverty, man-made and natural catastrophic conditions in Uganda. It was established in 2008, with an aim of promoting children’s rights and mobilizing resources for their well-being.

 

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Our Programs - Health

Health


For any successful development of any nation, her people must be healthy to make them wealthy. Although, Uganda has had a successful story in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the world, TWA has identified other killer diseases that need to be addressed and these include:

• Malaria
• Cholera
• Hepatitis
• Diabetes
• Pneumonia

With HIV/AIDS having its already existing prevention model of ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use or Christ), not much has been done on the above five preventable diseases that are common but notably among children. Their prevalence rates can be reduced to a minimum percentage if extensive campaigns are carried out to the public.

Our Strategies:

TWA, among its objective of having a healthy and a wealthy population, works with other stakeholders like Ministry of health and civil society organizations by:

• Scaling up HIV/AIDS preventive services among vulnerable infants, adolescents and adults
• Promote targeting of OVC and their households for malaria prevention, treatment and care
• Strengthen community mechanisms that ensure all children in vulnerable households access timely immunization, de-worming, ORT and vitamin A supplementation services
• Scale up access to and utilization of safe water and sanitation facilities at households, community and institutional levels
• Strengthen family, traditional and emerging social networks to provide psychosocial support interventions
• With diabetes, it requires choosing what, how much, when to eat, routine physical activity, taking medication, keeping truck of your body glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Team Work Afrika (TWA) strives to improve the health and quality of life of all vulnerable people at all levels. Access to health services and safe water still remains elusive to many parts of the country, despite relative peace in the region, many people live in poor Sanitation comprised of poor garbage disposal, poor drainage systems and low latrine coverage especially in rural and semi-urban centers.

 

Inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions exist in a range of settings, from temporary refugee camps to permanent homes in rural and semi-urban centers. Most of the Ugandan communities do not have access to improved drinking water supplies and don’t have access to the simplest form of toilet or latrines.

 

Every year, water related diseases (such as cholera/diarrheal) kill children due to inadequate sanitation facilities and poor use of available latrines/toilets making diarrheal and respiratory infections the second leading killer of children under five years. Again 3.5 million young lives die from diarrheal diseases are attributable to unsafe water, and insufficient hygiene.


As a child rights organization we have come up with innovations to mobilize, sensitize, train and implement programs in areas of hand washing practices, rehabilitation and good use of available latrine and construction, improvement of poor available water sources involving all local leaders and stake holders to take water as the top most priority among other basic needs “Water is Life and life is Water” Our people need to know and respect clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Cleaning of latrines in most schools is usually enforced as form of punishment, where students look at it as a nasty punishment while water, sanitation, and hygiene issues are regarded predominantly as women’s issues being responsible for water collection, cleanliness of the home and its surroundings, as well as care and health of children.

 

While this is the reality in many communities, such cultural mind set must change; men must also be involved to take an equal and active role in water, sanitation, and hygiene so as to the reduce the child mortality rate and save for the future generation from sanitation related diseases. Team work afrika will continue to mobilize resources to push the advocacy with other stake holders and policy makers targeting the prevention of children from communicable diseases to reduce the infant mortality rate in the country.


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