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Global Health | March 2, 2018

2017 Global Community Health Achievements: Africa

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Because of your support, MAP International has been providing medicines for people in need for more than 63 years.  Each year brings more hope to those who seek to improve the health of their communities.  In 2017 MAP worked alongside communities in Africa shining the light of hope for more than 3.4 million people.

In this second part of our series on MAP's Global Community Health efforts, we share highlights from our 2017 Annual Report focused on MAP field offices serving East and West Africa.  Our efforts to help women, children and families combat both severe and common health issues has delivered great success.

Our 2017 activities by country office are highlighted here:

39011600975_c8277bc7a4_k.jpgCote d’Ivorie

  • Headquartered in Abidjan, with three regional offices across Cote d’Ivoire, MAP Cote d’Ivoire served 2,766,185 people in 2017.
  • Primary activities were the prevention, treatment, and management of neglected tropical diseases (primarily leprosy, Buruli ulcer, and yaws).
  • We are happy to report that approximately 1.4 million children under the age of five received a combination of vitamin A supplements and deworming medicine.
  • Additionally, extensive water, sanitation, and hygiene activities were implemented across the country providing more than 242,000 people with access to clean water.

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  • Our efforts in Ghana served 71,746 people and focused on improving maternal and child health, reducing the impact of neglected tropical diseases, and promoting community empowerment.
  • MAP concentrated a component of its mother and child outreach programs to encourage healthy choices and behaviors among Ghana’s teens.
  • Local efforts also included water, sanitation, and hygiene activities in each project to ensure access to clean water and improved sanitation. More than 10,000 people benefited from this work.

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Liberia

  • MAP’s emphasis on improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) among Liberia’s most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities resulted in thousands being protected from dangerous health issues.
  • 65,450 people were provided with access to clean drinking water through the rehabilitation of existing wells or construction of new water wells.
  • WASH efforts were focused on supporting people affected by leprosy who live in conditions of poverty and suffer social stigma as a result.
  • Much of Liberia’s work focused on the provision of water sources at schools across the country to ensure a safe learning environment for Liberia’s children.

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  • MAP Kenya projects sought to improve access to potable water and hygiene, reduce the incidence and impact of neglected tropical diseases, and promote livelihood support.
  • Through a joint program with MAP Cote d’Ivoire, more than 425,000 children received vitamin A supplements and deworming medication.
  • MAP provided more than 6,000 people with access to clean water.
  • Overall, MAP Kenya’s efforts benefited over 3.4 million people.

Throughout Africa, MAP aided millions of people with critical health programs, medicines and health supplies. This could not have been possible without your help in 2017. We are grateful for your support.

MAP looks forward to sharing more success updates from our field offices and regions we serve around the world in 2018. Stay tuned!  

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