HEALTH AND SANITATION
In poverty, diseases are very common due to the lack of resources and access to a healthy living environment. Directly correlated with indigence, life expectancy in developing nations is consistently about 30 years shorter than in wealthier countries. Child mortality rates are also high in impoverished regions. Reports show that 13.5% of children pass away before turning 5.
From important nutrients necessary for our bodies to effectively fight out diseases, to sanitation conditions and knowledge for disease prevention, countless medical cases that could be averted still occur in these areas each day. Hospitals in these regions often do not have access to proper modern technology and cannot afford the treatment, even if available.
Imagine the feelings of a mother caressing her sick child as she learns that the hospital of the village does not have the right treatment for her child’s disease. Imagine a family in a rural village after losing its breadwinner to sickness, now debilitated in the face of hunger. Many of these illnesses, from the less-serious to the life-threatening, can often be stopped by proper disease-prevention education and early detection. CACTES mobilizes health in developing countries by focusing, in large part, on these two areas. Where the disease is widespread and treatment is highly in demand, we help hospitals garner the proper technology and medication to save lives.