The public health program was launched in 2012 after two years’ of needs assessment with the guidance of local leadership. ACF believes that with good health care and knowledge people can focus on important issues like higher education, income generation, and community well being. Expanding on the existing processes and resources, ACF’s goal is to provide public health education and resources that achieve long-term health for the region of Zawiya Ahansal.
The main goals of the program are the following.
- Increase utilization of the Zawiya Ahansal clinic and Azilal hospital by locals.
- Provide education on environmental health, safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
- Provide education on improving nutrition, especially for women and children, and proper food storage strategies.
- Provide general health education for the community.
- Identify key community health promoters and facilitate leadership to ensure program sustainability.
The public health initiative has the following programs and projects.
Community Refuse Program
ACF will continue oversight of the Community Refuse Program that was created in 2013. ACF collaborated with local community leaders and craftsmen to design and build a community refuse oven. This project is providing the first ever garbage disposal system for the region and its 15,000 inhabitants. Since completion, the local association and local government have adopted the program. The project has spurred interested in the youth of the region who have since created a youth group focused on thee environmental health of their region. In 2014, ACF will continue working with the community to develop the program with the addition of recycling education and disposal.