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Good health is the first building block of community development. Without proper care, communities are caught in a brutal poverty cycle that is nearly impossible to overcome.
Diseases that kill millions of people each year, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea, can be prevented and treated with basic medical care. Over 40 million people live with HIV/AIDS—95 percent of which live in developing countries that offer little testing, support, or educational outreach. Similarly, the effects of war and poverty produce a range of mental health problems that debilitate communities to a much greater extent than commonly recognized. Because these problems are not easily visible, they receive almost no government attention.
Without stable health, marginalized communities are unable to plan, implement, and/or maintain sustainable growth. FSD partners with over 60 community-based organizations that provide a wide spectrum of local health services that are crucial to community growth. These include: direct medical care and training at hospitals and clinics, and in the field; HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, and preventative outreach; psychological and social services for women and children; educational outreach that addresses reproductive care, nutrition, disease prevention, sanitation, etc.; and many other services tailored toward local community needs.
Critical to our health initiatives is cultivating the capacity and empowerment necessary for communities to maintain their own physical and mental health. FSD interns, volunteers, and donors create a powerful source of support for our partner organizations and the people they serve, while helping to stabilize the most critical ingredient to community growth.
Read about our Community Partners to learn more about Child and Maternal Health programs and opportunities in the field with FSD.
For a description of the Child and Maternal Health opportunities available in each country, click on the links below: