|Health Care & Nutrition|
AVSI works to ensure access to basic health care for all children and families and to increase the availability of capable local providers. All of the over 33,000 children in 38 countries involved in the Distance Support Program are guaranteed health care coverage, most often through negotiated agreements with local providers and support for emergency needs.
Quality local care
AVSI also engages directly with health care providers at all levels, from the community health volunteers and workers to regional hospitals to strengthen local capacity and in particular the capacity of human resources. Through direct engagement with health care providers over long-term horizons, AVSI can support channels for training and demonstration of effective or new methodologies.
The last mile
AVSI addresses specific health issues—such as maternal health care, HIV/AIDS prevention, particularly prevention of mother-to-child transmission ( PMTCT), treatment and care, and TB and malaria treatment and control—with a holistic approach that involves families, local groups and volunteers in patient care as often as possible, helping to boost adherence levels and create demand for health services even in vulnerable and dispersed contexts.
A. Strengthen basic health services through increased accessibility and rehabilitation of existing hospitals and other health-related facilities.
B. Nutrition interventions including community screenings, in-patient or out-patient services, food therapy and education on nutrition and hygiene.
C. Support for district health systems through management capacity support as well as training opportunities for medical staff.
D. Assistance for people with disabilities including both medical interventions and socio-economic support for improved integration in society.
AVSI Resources related to Health Care
Website featuring AVSI’s 2012 publication and video documenting our 10-year initiative to provide Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS services through 4 hospitals and 37 health centers in northern Uganda.