We at Box for Health work with vulnerable populations in low-middle income countries.
Through an efficient model of health education and promotion, we will grow to help millions of children world wide.
In our premiere year, we will be working with 4000 children in three schools in two countries.
Burkina Faso is a poor, landlocked country that depends on adequate rainfall. Irregular patterns of rainfall, poor soil, and the lack of adequate communications and other infrastructure contribute to the economy’s vulnerability to external shocks. About 80% of the population is engaged in subsistence farming and cotton is the main cash crop. The country has few natural resources and a weak industrial base.
With an overall life expectancy of 62.7 years, there is a lot of room for improvement in healthy living and health practices. Top five causes of deaths in Burkina Faso include: Malaria, lower respiratory tract infections, neonatal disorders, diarrheal diseases, and ischemic heart disease.
Our program directly helps reduce the risk of diarrheal diseases and lower respiratory tract infections through health and hygiene education and indirectly alleviates other burdens of disease.
Lebanon is a country where disparities are visible from one block to the next. A country where despite the presence of 1:1006 dentists/person and 248:100,000 physicians/population (numbers comparable to many 1st world countries), a deep and prevalent lack of access presents. Through health education and promotion of healthy behaviors, our program is an opportunity for generational development. Our pilot which includes 1000 children in Lycee Al Minieh in Tripoli, Lebanon will set a standard prior to scaling to other schools in the region and the country.