World Health Day 2018: our work in photos
To mark World Health Day 2018 on 7 April, we’re celebrating our amazing health projects around the world and sharing stories of the lives they're changing – thanks to your incredible support.
Haiti: saving the lives of mums and newborn babies
Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Americas, with 630 women losing their lives for every 100,000 live births.
So we were thrilled that Plan International could provide a fully-equipped ambulance to the Haitian National Ambulance Centre, to help save the lives of even more mums and newborn babies – including Nadia.
Ethiopia: protecting children from preventable illnesses
In Ethiopia, climate change is causing water scarcity, food insecurity and increased poverty, and it's small-scale farmers and rural communities that are affected the most.
Thanks to support from People’s Postcode Lottery players, we’re working in four drought-affected regions, providing lifesaving food, livestock and seeds to communities struggling to survive.
We’re also providing vital training to healthcare workers looking after children under five, so they can promote the benefits of good hygiene practices among parents.
El Salvador: championing young people’s sexual health rights
Teenage pregnancy is one of the main public health issues in El Salvador.
That’s why we’re working with young people to inform them of their sexual and reproductive health rights and how to protect themselves against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
We’re also training Sexual Rights Champions like Noelia, who can help to educate their peers, parents and teachers, too.
India: a unique focus on young people
Many unhealthy habits, such as smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, lack of exercise and poor diet choices, begin in adolescence.
They can lead to the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart and respiratory illnesses, type 2 diabetes and cancer. But the global community often overlooks young people when it comes to tackling NCDs.
Our Young Health Programme, run in partnership with AstraZeneca, has a unique focus on improving the health of young people aged between 10 and 24, and working towards gender equality.
The programme works with young people who are trained as peer educators, to spread health messages and encourage positive, healthy behaviours amongst other young people and their wider community.
South Sudan: making periods manageable
Growing up in a camp for internally displaced people creates all kinds of challenges – especially for girls when they get their period.
Our peer-to-peer programme in South Sudan means young people like Monica can share the things they’ve learnt with younger children in the camp, including tips on menstrual hygiene.
In Monica’s camp, we’re also helping to keep young people safe from diarrhoea and illnesses including typhoid, by building toilets and improving hygiene and sanitation.
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