Children in street situations are more vulnerable to infections, including sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, and their health and development are put at greater risk. Guaranteeing the right to access to health requires appropriate proactive measures to ensure effective equal opportunities for all children to enjoy the rights under the Convention. This requires positive measures aimed at redressing a situation of substantive inequality in access to health.
Our health emphasis is put on awareness of and attention to physical and psychological well-being, through: treatment, referral and health awareness, focusing on the main risks to physical and psychological health such as wounds, infectious diseases, respiratory conditions, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS) etc., with the aim of bringing about change in behaviour. Supplementary foods to those suffering from malnutrition, and introduction to the importance of a balanced diet (proteins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins) are also supported in our programs.
Our Health promotion and disease prevention programs focus on keeping children in street situations and other vulnerable children healthy.
Health promotion programs aim to engage and empower individuals and communities to choose healthy behaviors, and make changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and other morbidities.
“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.”________________________________________
World Health Organization