Basic Human Rights in need affects the health of the population in Angola


african-children-6-957319-mThe raise of deaths in the Cacuaco, a district near Luanda in Angola, is a direct result of lack of education and sanitary conditions of the population.

Although recent news said that Malaria is diminishing in the south of Angola, during the months of April and begin of May, several children in the Cacuaco area died suspected of Malaria. A team of doctors traveled to the affected area to collect samples in order to confirm this suspicion.

After the rains the dirt roads are filled with standing water pools, were mosquitoes colonies are developing and helping spread Malaria and Dengue to the needed population, because, like many African countries, poverty in Angola is the hard reality.

Houses of sheet metal and wood, unhygienic conditions, no access to safe drinking water or proper food and malnourished children, are the mirror of the rural and around the big cities in Angola population.

When there is no guaranteed basic human right’s the direct consequence is a lack of non-basic hygiene and health education as well. Even the Minister of Health of Angola says that there are big concerns and need on health education and is difficult to change it without a profound social project intervention.

As an example of this situation, many villages received bed nets to protect theme selves from mosquitoes, but they are still in the bag and never have been used, and this only means that the level of education is very low, it’s urgent to have more health, human rights and social education to all the population. With strong and lasting projects that can respond along with the rapid growth of the country. It is urgent to combat these situations, the social repercussions are many and basic human rights must be ensured.

The Convention of Human Rights urges to leave the paper into practice, and more than a project, is essential to have a strategic and effective plan, starting with basic education where Government, NGO’s, Companies and other stakeholders be able to contribute to create better life conditions to all.

As an old Chinese saying goes: “Do not give the fish, teach to fish”

With the knowledge of their rights and duties, people can actually walk for a healthy growth, which only then can lead to the improvement of their living conditions.

Source: WHO

Teresa Torrinha Mendes