Nearly a quarter of the world’s population, 1.7 billion people, suffer from debilitating diseases that are connected to a lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene. Termed neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), they cause blindness, malnutrition, and anemia in millions, disproportionately impacting women and children living in impoverished conditions, and preventing them from going to school or caring for their families.
But these diseases are preventable.
Our unique approach is based first and foremost on local ownership. We believe that in order to have a successful and sustainable program, the community itself must lead the way. We work with the community to identify blocks to good health and explore the root causes of disease. It is through these locally-based solutions that we have recorded a measurable reduction in disease.
Teaching Healthy Habits
NALA uses a playful and engaging methodology to promote hygiene and healthy habits among school children.
Mobilizing the Community
NALA engages community members in all areas of its programs. From exploring the root causes of the diseases to leading on their own health initiatives.
Strengthening Coordination Across Sectors
with Government and NGO partners across sectors to increase opportunities for joint planning, greater impact, and sharing of resources.
Ensuring Safe Water Access
NALA uses low-tech, cost-effective solutions to ensure that communities have access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene.