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The current global public health emergencies have highlighted the urgency and importance of HEART FIRST AID AFRICA's mission and goals, necessitating a greater need for health education, health promotion, and disease prevention measures in health-deprived communities.

Since its creation, HEART FIRST AID AFRICA has not received outside contributions or funding; as our non-profit organization continues to grow, we invite you to join us in this mission! We 'd be honored to have your support.

Any donations made are tax-deductible as Heart First Aid is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

Call to Action!!

Women's Health and Wellness Fair in Rural Communities of Ghana

#HeartWomenHeartFamillies

Women's Health


 

Being a man or a woman has a significant impact on health, as a result of both biological and gender-related differences. The health of women and girls is of particular concern because, in many societies, they are disadvantaged by discrimination rooted in sociocultural factors. For example, women and girls face increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.

Some of the sociocultural factors that prevent women and girls to benefit from quality health services and attaining the best possible level of health include:

  • unequal power relationships between men and women;
  • social norms that decrease education and paid employment opportunities;
  • an exclusive focus on women’s reproductive roles; and
  • potential or actual experience of physical, sexual and emotional violence.

While poverty is an important barrier to positive health outcomes for both men and women, poverty tends to yield a higher burden on women and girls’ health due to, for example, feeding practices (malnutrition) and use of unsafe cooking fuels (COPD).

#HeartWomenHeartFamilies

The purpose of our health and wellness fairs is to continue to provide an opportunity for communities to come together to find resources and learn about new ways to maintain and improve their well-being.  A key component of these fairs is education, which is essential for empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their health.  Through health and wellness fairs, women and girls can gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve their health and the health of their families.  #HeartWomenHeartFamilies

Women in rural communities act as primary caregivers for their immediate and extended families. Within those roles, there are many social constraints that put a lot of strain on the women’s emotional well-being, as well as several tasks that can affect their physical health.Furthermore, with the current economic realities, those women are still expected to contribute financially to their families’ expenses despite having no or limited professional skills and no or limited formal education (in some cases). With all of these expectations, sadly, women’s health takes a back seat as they prioritize their family’s health and well-being before their own.

Women and girls in underserved communities are disproportionately affected by health disparities and, unfortunately, are uninformed about the risks associated with prevalent diseases. They should fully understand the threats they face from health issues such as breast and cervical cancer. In addition, all women and girls should have access to quality healthcare and information about preventable diseases. They need to be able to choose the best course of treatment for their health and have access to competent medical professionals. Unfortunately, many women and girls either lack access to necessary medical care or are unaware of the risk associated with certain everyday behaviors — and this needs to change. Please join us in our efforts to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in these underserved communities. #HeartWomenHeartFamililies

Factors affecting women

Minority Health and Health Equity Features

Seven Facts to Know about Women’s Health