WWHI is built on a foundation of strategic partnerships with local, governmental and private enterprises. Additionally, WWHI supports community ownership of projects and the up scaling of current community led and run initiatives through mediums of social enterprise. We believe this approach provides for more sustainable development efforts.
Start at the Root
Solving the Problem of Anemia
Anemia-not having enough healthy blood supply-is endemic in Senegal. This is a serious concern for the overall health of women and children because anemia contributes to increased maternal mortality from hemorrhaging during childbirth, an inability to fight malaria effectively, increased respiratory illness, fatigue and decreased ability to fight bacterial infection. Overall, women and children are at a much higher risk of dying, if they are chronically anemic. WWHI and its partners will collect baseline data from approximately 40,000 people within the district of Saraya, Senegal and use the findings to develop anemia intervention and prevention programs for women and children. When anemia is reduced in a community, health conditions can be improved dramatically. This phase of WWHI's objectives is being planned in partnership with local community healthcare workers and Oromin, a multinational exploration company working in the area.
Empowering Women's Groups to Drive Successful Communities
WWHI collaborates with a women's group of nearly 250 strong in order to upscale all efforts in the Saraya District. This women's group runs and manages highly productive agricultural farms that provide food and much needed income. Much like a cooperative, it enhances the collective economic power of women, their influence in the community, and their capacity to determine health choices for women in the district.
A major accomplishment of the group has been its ability to leverage its number and newly found collective voice in incentivizing men to have their wives deliver children in hospitals which betters the mother's and her infant's survival rate. There is now a financial penalty in place which fines the men whose wives do not have a clinic childbirth, the cost of which is greater than if the childbirth took place in the clinic attended by a trained midwife.
WWHI will leverage the efforts already being made by these women and further enhance their success by:
- Supporting small business ventures
- Provide maternity and nutritional classes
- Facilitate better access to water resources for gardening and family use
Supplies that Save
Providing Maternity Supplies and Training for Community Healthcare Workers
Community Healthcare Workers (CHW) are vastly undertrained and undersupplied. By using mobile technology and other innovative strategies to train these workers and utilize remote diagnostics, CHWs will be able to identify emergency cases and act using basic methods to save the life of the mother and infant during high-risk or complicated births. WWHI will help CHWs to buy and use basic suturing kits, birth control options, dopplers (fetus heart tone monitor) and other basic materials that are inexpensive, simple to use and can save the life of a mother.