We partner with organizations already established in remote areas to deliver much needed health services
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We operate in sub-Saharan Africa in areas that conventional providers don't reach
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Like most of the world, healthcare in Africa is organized around regional hospitals in the cities and a system of satellite clinics. But in Africa, most of the population — 70% — live in rural areas outside the reach of this system, often with little or no access to health services. These are the people that we reach.
Health service providers in Africa are typically urban-based, and not geared to deliver health programs to dispersed populations in rural areas, where they often are most needed. Wild4life bridges the gap by building a rural platform to deliver health programs to these unserved communities in hard-to-reach areas. We establish strong relationships and mobilize rural communities around HIV to deliver an array of health services.
Wild4life is a rural health program working in sub-Saharan Africa. We've developed a cost-effective alternative to connect rural communities to health service providers and generate demand — by leveraging the resources of field partners already there, e.g. wildlife conservation or agricultural NGOs, or safari companies. It's a cheaper option because it makes use of the resources and established relationships that our field partners already have, to reach local communities.
We enable existing health providers to increase their reach and impact by providing a ready-made delivery infrastructure, connecting them with rural communities, and generating demand. Our field partners benefit through the improved health of their staff and gain a critical new service to provide to communities where they operate.
The program is community driven and makes good use of resources and an infrastructure that already exists in rural areas — to deliver health services. It complements the efforts of state health services and other NGO health providers and integrates these into a co-ordinated approach. We bridge the gap between where resources are and where the need is. The best part is that it's cheap, at less than
$10 / person.
In most of the areas that we work, HIV is the big health issue. Also, we've found that communities will mobilize around HIV— for both these reasons, this is our initial focus. We start by establishing a comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment program. This creates momentum and gets the community organized. We follow this with a second wave of programs, targeting other common maladies such as TB and malaria, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and other related activities like family planning. It's an integrated approach to rural health that starts with mobilizing communities around HIV.