Improving Public Health through Community Collaboration
HAS collaborates with the communities we serve to treat illness and injury quickly and effective — and to prevent life-threatening problems from happening in the first place. We build wells and provide education on the importance of good hygiene and sanitation to prevent deadly diseases like cholera. We also provide care and health education through community health centers and mobile clinics.
Since our founding in 1956, HAS has taken an innovative approach to public health challenges. A widespread public health campaign early in our history, for example, helped to nearly eliminate instances of death from tetanus in newborns in our service area—and became a model for public health efforts around the world. Our community-based programs provide life-saving vaccines, malnutrition screenings for infants and children, prenatal and maternal care for new and expectant mothers, and educational seminars and outreach on a variety of health issues.