Good health is the most powerful tool we have for moving forward with our aspirations. It is much too easy to forget how vital good health is for communities to be able to prosper. Being free from sickness and disease allows children to attend school, learn and grow into educated strong adults.
With medical care, a country’s workforce is strengthened as adults are fit, healthy and strong enough to work full and productive days. If the main breadwinner has to stay at home with illness, they are not able to earn to provide for their families. Not only does the family fall into financial hardship, but work is left undone and the economy slows down and suffers.
Poor health holds communities back and, in many cases, causes them to stay trapped in the cycle of poverty.
In many developing countries, ill health is all too common. Unsafe water and poor sanitation alone, kill millions of people each year. Other factors that seriously affect people are hunger and malnutrition, diseases like Malaria and HIV and a lack of access to decent healthcare.
IRF works to improve health infrastructures by rehabilitating and sponsoring hospitals, clinics, health care centers, and mobile clinics and through the provision of capacity building for doctors, nurses, paramedics, and medical management personnel.
Many charitable health clinics, whether run by governments or the private sector, are in deplorable conditions and cannot keep up with the demands of the society. IRF therefore collects medical equipment and supplies it hospitals in need to enable them to provide better services.