Health is a basic need for every human being. And everyone has a right to good health despite their financial power and locality. Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress of each person or community. Many people 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. And most of these preventable illnesses like Cholera, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and some skin diseases resulted from these situations.
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.”
And one of the principles of SOLAG is Health. Therefore, as an association, SOLAG’s desired role in health care is:
- Health Education or Promotion – SOLAG may not be able to provide individuals or communities with medication but sensitize them on different signs and symptoms of various diseases. Teaching them what to do (prevention) and where to go for treatment.
- Sanitation – emphasis on personal and community hygiene. For a healthy environment, makes a healthy people.
- Health Discussions – SOLAG will aim to host group, community and radio discussions on health issues affecting the local people.
SOLAG believes everyone is meant to have a wholeness of health that is physical, psychological and social.