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Health and Well-being

Families cannot thrive if they are sick, children cannot learn if they are malnourished. We start our development process focused on securing the health and well-being of vulnerable families. As families reduce their basic health risks and increase their health and nutrition, we provide additional support in maternal and child health, sanitation and hygiene, and other critical health services.

Families receive land to establish a garden and technical assistance to improve the cultivation of “basic grains” (rice, beans, and corn), which comprises the staple diet for Central American families. Once families are able to provide for their own basic food security, we provide more sophisticated technical support and training so that families can diversify into higher value crops and link to markets.

Agros works with three development stages designed to promote community self-management in the areas of health, nutrition and equity (HNE).

 

Stage

Length

Activities

 

Stage 1: Stabilize

2 years

Complete baseline & community assessment

 

 

 

Establish community plans

 

 

 

Contain risk factors among pregnant women and children under the age of two

 

 

 

Establish and create the community Health, Nutrition, and Equity Network (HNE)

 

Stage 2: Strenthen

3 - 4 years

Strenthen community, family, and individual health and nutrition

 

 

 

Strengthen the HNE Network

 

 

 

Establish alliances with outside organizations and government agencies

 

Stage 3: Self-Management

3 - 4 years

Community strenthens health and nutrition with minimal Agros involvement

 

 

 

Community manages strategic alliances for HNE self-managment

 

Starting in 2014, our projects will begin by providing all Agros families will a basic health block designed to stabilize and elevate the overall health of each family.  These innovative health blocks are a simple house with a living space, well-vented stoves, and safe storage for agriculture chemicals. We also make sure that all families have access to clean water and community latrines reducing diarrhea and other water-borne diseases.

We work closely with in-country’s Health Ministry/Health Secretariat to coordinate health services for communities.

Families start a family garden to meet dietary needs while the family’s improved economic situation through their agro-enterprise will provide more resources to spend on family nutrition, health and welfare.