Our mission is to fight against the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in sub-Saharan Africa from a human rights approach and in coherence with the Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy.
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What do we do?
We work to eradicate neglected diseases in Africa, unknown diseases that nobody cares about. But at ANESVAD, we are committed to the Human Right to health and as such, because these people have the same rights as all of us, we fight to end the suffering caused by some of them, which can be prevented and even cured. The Buruli ulcer, leprosy and yaws are diseases of the skin, caused by different bacteria but visible, because they show on the outside through lesions. They can be prevented, detected on time and cured. That is why we work in a comprehensive manner in order to optimize resources, and achieve the greatest impact. And we do this in four sub-Saharan African countries: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Togo.
How do we do it?
At ANESVAD we are aligned with the strategy of the World Health Organization which has set, for 2020, clear objectives for these three diseases: eradicate yaws, eliminate leprosy and control Buruli ulcer. But they can't do it alone. Nor can ANESVAD. That is why we concentrate our efforts on the ground, promoting the collaboration of organizations in field, research centres, local governments, etc. In addition, we include in all our projects the gender perspective, we work on disability, multiculturalism and all, with a Primary Health Care strategy of with which we not only cure the sick, but also foster healthy life habits that help to prevent and combat these diseases. That is why we work on food or basic hygiene and sanitation, for example.
We are an organization without any dependence on business, political or religious institutions, and we are committed to acting with the sole interest of fulfilling our foundational purpose aimed at the realization of the right to health for the most vulnerable people.
We assume our role as an organization with responsibilities relating to the respect, protection and guarantee of the human right to health, which implies a strong commitment to the generation of an enabling environment for the realization of this right.
Quality, innovation and the search for excellence
In coherence with this responsibility, we assume the firm commitment to continuously improve our processes, tools and capabilities. We are firmly committed to innovation focused on the people and adopting models and approaches that enable the effective implementation of our Mission.
Relations based on Collaboration
We promote collaboration processes based on respect for the people, the cultures and the diversity of anthropological conceptions of health, and the mutual trust construction processes, which will increase the impact of our interventions and achieve more and better results. We aim our action towards the connection between agents and to promote dialogues and multi-stakeholder actions with the people, holders of rights, in the centre of these processes.
Ethics, transparency and accountability
We also assume a commitment to excellence in ethics, transparency and accountability to our social base, the holders of rights with whom we work and to society in general. We are committed to playing an active role in these matters not only within the organization but also in the scope of the social organizations and in society as a whole.
Systemic vision and social change
Our work does not take a superficial view of the problems that it faces but rather adopts a systemic vision, analysing the network of causal factors that are behind the failure in the realization of the right to health. From that vision, and supported by the principles of human rights, we are aimed at transformation and social change in all its dimensions.