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Saving the world through Health and Wellness (SDG3)

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To ensure health and wellness for all, we all have to take action. That's why so many of ASEC alumnae projects focus on SDG 3: Good health and well-being.

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While saving the world may seem like an impossible feat to some people, religious sisters across Africa are taking on projects that promote good health and wellness. Through SLDI alumnae projects, approximately $1.65 million in contributions have been made to sustainable development goal 3, which promotes health and wellness.

While saving the world may seem like an impossible feat to some people, religious sisters across Africa are actively taking on the challenge by contributing to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

The 17 SDGs provide a guideline to transforming our world through the elimination of all poverty. In this article, you learn how sisters are addressing SDG 3, which aims to ensure health and wellness promotion for African people at all ages.

Approximately $1.65 million in contributions have been made to the United Nations’ third SDG, good health and well-being, through SLDI alumnae projects. This SDG emphasizes quality living, health and wellness by working to increase life expectancy and target common killers that cause child and maternal mortality.

According to the United Nations, “Only half of women in developing regions receive the recommended amount of health care they need.”  

Sr. Jose Maria Nonye Anyawu, Sr. Eunice Okobia and Sr. Gwendoline, are each uniquely working towards healthier communities by serving the immense healthcare needs of individuals throughout Africa.

SLDI participant and Practical Nurse in Nigeria, Sr. Jose is combating scarce healthcare for women by using the grant writing skills she received from the SLDI program to write grant proposals for medical equipment, like the one she wrote to the Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters so she could purchase an ultrasound machine.  

“The machine has improved healthcare in this hospital… it has been serving us well and has really improved the quality of our work as well raised the standard of our hospital.”

Meanwhile, SLDI Finance track alumna and Matron of the Medical Missionaries of Mary Clinic in Nigeria Sr. Eunice, acquired $25,000 to buy a cervical screening machine. The clinic focuses on health and wellness initiatives for women through patient cancer screenings, HIV/AIDS awareness and prenatal care education. They prioritize cancer awareness associated with maternal wellness because it is a type of healthcare that is especially difficult for community members to access. In addition to cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria, typhoid and STDs are common in the region and the hospital aims to provide as many health and treatment options for these diseases as possible. 

Sr. Eunice says her ASEC education has been instrumental in giving her the capabilities to improve the health and quality of life of her community.

“ASEC is a life-saving organization.”

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Overcrowded and poorly supplied, Cameroonian prisons are plagued with disease and malnourishment. But, Sr. Gwendoline sees only hope in these prisons. She works tirelessly with Victim Offender Prison Care Support (VOPS) to provide supplementary nutrition, medical care and legal assistance to inmates. She also helps inmates learn trades so they can make a living upon release.

Overcrowded and poorly supplied, Cameroonian prisons are plagued with disease and malnourishment. But, Sr. Gwendoline sees only hope in these prisons. She works tirelessly with Victim Offender Prison Care Support (VOPS) to provide supplementary nutrition, medical care and legal assistance to inmates. She also helps inmates learn trades so they can make a living upon release.

Finally, Sr. Gwendoline, SLDI Cameroon alumna, is ensuring that all individuals feel the effects of the United Nations’ health and wellness SDG by providing health and legal services to inmates in Cameroonian prisons.

Overcrowded and poorly supplied, the prisons are plagued with disease and malnourishment. Sr. Gwendoline sees only hope in these prisons, however, and is committed to helping every incarcerated individual she encounters, which is quite a few more because her ASEC education.

“I must say that thanks to the knowledge I got from the ASEC program it has been a challenging yet fulfilling experience attending to the needs of thousands of current and former inmates.”

Sr. Jose, Sr. Eunice, and Sr. Gwendoline are just three of the many religious sisters who are working to end poverty in our world by increasing the quality of life and promoting health and wellness for the individuals they serve

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80% of religious sisters in Africa are still uneducated and skills like grant writing and finance enable sisters to contribute to health and wellness initiatives for the communities they serve.

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This article is addressing the following UN Sustainable Development Goal(s):

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Mackenzie Macneal


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