Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa immediately east of Ghana. In November, 2010 a census gave Togo a population of 6,191,155. According to the CIA Factbook the under 5 year mortality rate is 10%; and the life expectancy is only 60.6 years. 700 million people lack access to adequate health care worldwide including nearly 5 million in Togo alone (nearly 85% of the entire population of the country). And I never even knew that there was such a country.
Hope Through Health aims to transform the dynamics of health care delivery in Togo through the involvement of community members and programs that respond directly to patient priorities. Founded in an effort to provide HIV care and treatment to the neglected population of Togo Hope Through Health has expanded to encompass a greater role in health care but has kept a focus on HIV and its devastating effects in communities. I am proud to introduce Hope Through Health as this months 50four50 project.
The country of Togo has seen it's fair share of strife; having had a very rocky political history in the 53 years since it's independence from France in 1960. Political violence, military dictatorships, corrupt elections, ties to ivory poaching and a terrible human rights record has resulted in withdrawal of aid from the European Union since 1993. Now Togo is one of the world's least well supported countries with respect to the aid they so desperately need.
Good health is the first step on the road out of poverty. The mission of Hope Through Health is to deliver efficient, effective, community-driven health care in neglected settings starting with Togo. They partner with the brightest individuals and organizations in global health delivery to adapt the field’s best practices to the neglected settings where they work. Partnership is one of Hope Through Health’s core operating principles. Hope Through Health establishes long-term partnerships with communities and like-minded organizations and individuals in the field of global health delivery in which all parties have an equal voice. In this way Hope Through Health works to adapt best practices for implementation in Togo.
This month I want us to really be specific about our goal. I want us to sponsor two Health workers in Togo. In fact I have names and a few details about the two I propose we sponsor.
Farilatou worked as a secretary and community event organizer for a HIV-prevention NGO before coming to Hope Through Health to work as a Community Health Worker this June. She lives with her father and young son right near the clinic, and is excited to be a part of the Hope Through Health family! She works with patients who live in her neighborhood and she is something of a social butterfly, saying hello to everyone as she passes them in the street. Farilatou has high hopes for Hope Through Health’s future, and can’t wait to see where things go with the Community Health Worker program as it expands.
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Assiki has been a Community Health Worker at Hope Through Health since 2005. She previously worked as a psychotherapist and as an organizer for an HIV-prevention group. Earlier this year, Assiki was offered a higher-paying position as a community health worker through the Global Fund, but, as she put it, “par l’amour de l’Hope Through Health,” "by her love of Hope Through Health," she decided to stay. She is excited to be one of the first Community Health Workers to pilot the mobile health technology and GIS projects. A widow, raising one child of her own and seven adopted children, Assiki is passionate about helping orphans in Togo.
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I have already commenced the donations for both these women and I look forward to watching our group cover the costs of these two dedicated health workers.
I have left specific links to the donation page for these two women in the section above as well as below. You may chose to split your donation between the 2; double your donation this month to support the 2 or simply choose one or the other to donate to. May I ask that if you are not putting your own name in the "Name" section of the donation form would you please put in 50four50 as the name of the donor.
There is a third Community Health Worker who needs sponsoring - Koffi. It would be fantastic if we could cover the costs of all 3 but as a realist I am guessing that will be pretty unlikely.
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Please place 50four50 into the donor name field if you are not using your own name.
Don't forget to return to this page and let us know how much you have donated by putting the figure into the box on the right hand side of the page.