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Fight Diseases

The Association of Sierra Leonean Health Professionals in The US has been gearing itself to fight disease in all community levels. We concentrate our efforts on:

  • Preventing and treating new infections of HIV
  • Minimizing the impact of HIV on people already infected
  • Educating the public and raising awareness of tuberculosis (TB)
  • Educating the public on how to prevent, diagnose and treat TB correctly
  • Educating people about the causes of malaria, its signs and symptoms
  • Improving maternal health and neonatal health
  • Improving access to safe water and sanitation to prevent water-related diseases

TASHPUS hopes to reduce deaths from easily preventable and treatable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and water-related conditions such as diarrhea, cholera and trachoma, by educating communities about prevention and bringing good quality and affordable treatment closer to people’s homes. The need is urgent.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa is home to more than two thirds (69%) of the global population living with HIV (35 million) but only a little over half of its population (56%) has access to anti-retroviral drugs.
  • TB is a leading killer of people who are HIV infected
  • Diarrhea claims the lives of 5,000 children every day
  • Every minute of every day an African child dies from malaria

TASHPUS shall take an integrated community-based approach to managing diseases, as any treatment must be accompanied by education programs to prevent the spread of disease to those not yet infected, measures to ensure that patients follow treatment plans and adequate health staff to diagnose disease and administer and monitor treatment.

While we hope to combat the biggest killers in Africa, we do not do this in isolation. In all of our work we shall strengthen the capacity of communities and health systems to help improve effectiveness in dealing with all areas of health care and services.

Source: WHO 2012


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