Health lays the foundation for vibrant and productive communities, stronger economies, safer nations and a better communities.
Infinity Mind Foundation (Kambia welbodi, as coined by the locals) day, over 600 participants involved local, residents, students, and volunteers along with corporate, community, local celebrities, and government supporters took placed during the month of October with big finale on 27th 2018. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. The major causes of illness within the country are preventable with modern technology and medical advances. The Local communities Kambia district, had chance to get involve in month of different health educational activities.
With local based community organisations such as Foundation for Youth Empowerment and Advocacy, My Mother’ Choice Foundation visiting schools and youth gathering bases in bid to increase awareness of the serious danger of teenage pregnancy, drugs, childhood marriages, rape, gender based violence, communicable diseases and mental illness which is rampant in the community. It was also for the community leaders to understand the stress and strain on mental health and what can be done for service utilisation and reduce the maltreatment of people with mental health problems, to increase engagement and raise mental health awareness and by promoting safe hygiene practices in community.
Hepatitis (500 free) screening by National Alliance Against Hepatitis-SL
Mr Santos Kamara “mental illness is a major problem in not just Kambia but Sierra Leone as a country, its time people understand it
” he continues saying “many of our women are suffering of it due to domestic violence against them”.
sexually transmitted infections, also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, are infections that are commonly spread by sexual activity, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex. “Unfortunately, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to be extremely widespread across Sierra Leone” says Matron of the local government hospital, she gave presentation on sexual reproduction and teenage pregnancy.
FYEA and IMF members at Kambia district council
Good hygiene practise – human body can provide places for disease-causing germs and parasites to grow and multiply. These places include the skin and in and around the openings to the body. It is less likely that germs and parasites will get inside the body if people have good personal hygiene habits.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.
Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Victims of violence can suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and even death.
Infinity Mind Foundation (IMF) working to further gender equality and women’s empowerment, and to address the physical and emotional consequences of gender-based violence. Working with other women-led organisations, UNFPA’s programmes offer psychosocial assistance, medical treatment and rape kits to survivors, and promote the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse.
In kind donation of personal hygienic of soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes and sanitizers was given out free to participants, hospital a products by Global Crossfire Church UK. IMF also donated free first aids kits, condoms, hand sanitizers and liquid soaps to hospitals also reading/writing books, dictionaries and pens to the local schools and students.
distribution of free gifts.
Sensitization of women and raise awareness about the diverse problems experienced by rural women on the subject of family health, nutrition, HIV/AIDs and girl child education. One of the areas of attention of the government policy is the concern given to gender equality and women’s ‘rights protection. But this law is not fully advocated towards its implementation and not much was done to introduce it to the community in general and to the law
professionals and to the prime beneficiaries of the law, women in particular. Therefore, creating awareness in
this area is crucial in the effort to protect and safeguard the rights of women.
Member of FYEA at local school talking about teenage pregnancy and drug misuse
Members of the local government hospital working with IMF to ensure better health of Kambia people
350 people were screened for hepatitis, 423 blood pressure done, out of those that had their blood pressure taken over 100 people was referred to the local hospital for further tests.
Infinity Mind Foundation Volunteer team in Kambia, headed by Mr Abass.