With more than 25% of the global burden of disease, but only 3% of the world’s health workers, people are falling through the cracks across Africa. Health systems throughout the continent are in need of more and better-trained health workers. When human capacity falls short, gaps in the delivery of life-saving health services grow wider.
In response, Alliance for Healthy Communities (AHC) is helping fill immediate health service gaps in Rwanda through evidence-based programs, bringing life-saving health workers and interventions to communities across the country. AHC’s programs:
AHC also aims to address the root-causes of sub-Saharan Africa’s quality health workforce shortage through capacity building and evaluation of programs to build on and improve best practices, particularly by identifying evidence-based solutions that take into account the local environment and cultural issues. AHC’s areas of expertise include HIV/AIDs, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, gender-based violence, substance abuse, monitoring and evaluation, and more.
By building on lessons learned in Rwanda, educating the next generation of medical professionals, training existing providers and conducting further research, AHC hopes to create a world where communities are strong and self-sufficient in adequately responding to the health and welfare needs of their people. Our efforts fall strongly in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly with SDG 3, which strives to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.