Youth Action International’s priority programs for health are as follows:
Clean Water Initiative: Youth Action International in collaboration with its partners at Waves4Water have distributed thousands of water filters to communities in rural Liberia. These low-cost filters use advance technology to purify water for families who traditionally get water from streams and other sources of water which may be unsafe for drinking. Waterborne illnesses remain a major cause of sickness and death in many parts of rural Liberia. By distributing the filters and teaching beneficiaries how to use them, prevents hundreds of people from falling sick or dying from water borne diseases. In 2018, Youth Action International and Waves4Water will distribute hundreds of filters to benefit thousands of people living in areas where we are implementing programs.
Emergency healthcare support: Similar to the organizations scholarship initiative, YAI provides emergency hospital support to families who otherwise could not afford the cost of certain emergency health care services. In many instances, families have been turned back from health care centers or have not been able to receive adequate care because they could not afford the costs. The organization’s emergency health care support ensures that families are able to cover the cost of certain emergency and lifesaving procedures.
For many families living below the poverty line, the most difficult and painful is having a child or loved one falling sick and being rejected from hospitals because they cannot afford even the basic registration fees. The emergency health care support will operate in two tracks: on the one hand, it will provide emergency support for critically ill members of the community who cannot afford the basic cost of treatment. Track II is a long term sustainable program that will encourage and facilitate local communities to participate in group and community insurance programs so that families are prepared in the event of a health emergency.
Support for youth groups engaged in health activities: Recognizing that there are several community based youth groups engaged in health awareness work despite funding shortfalls, YAI supports the efforts of newly formed, community based health organizations to strengthen their efforts and reach. This program will be launched in early 2018 and is expected to support the work of at least 10 community based health initiatives in its first year.