Health is a basic need for every human being and everyone has a right to good health irrespective of their background. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Many people in The Gambia live in abject poverty and cannot afford healthcare. They are challenged with preventable or treatable illnesses that could have been prohibited or taken care of at the early stage of infection. Many have no safe clean drinking water; decent shelter and adequate sanitation. Most of these preventable illnesses like Cholera, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and some skin diseases result from these situations.
SOLAG works towards helping make a difference through the following:
Health Education or Promotion – SOLAG may not be able to provide individuals or communities with medication but we sensitise them on different signs and symptoms of various diseases. Teaching them what to do (prevention) and where to go for treatment.
Sanitation – we educate people on personal and community hygiene, for a healthy environment, make healthy people.
Health Discussions – SOLAG hosts group and community discussions on health issues affecting the local people. One of our major health focus is, fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
At SOLAG, we believe in holistic wellbeing as this is important for the economic progress of each child, person, and community.