What We Do
Health Systems and Population Health:
Access to basic affordable healthcare remains a dream for some people living is rural and remote communities within the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. Most countries in SSA failed to achieve the health related MDGs and recent evidence shows again that most countries in the region are not on track to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals targets especially on Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The fast emergence of Non-communicable diseases in a region where the prevalence of infectious diseases are still very high has further compounded the health and development challenges of countries in SSA. Although governments and other national and multinational organizations have progressively deployed interventions to help address the situation, health systems and population-level factors continue to constrain the supply and use of critical healthcare services required for improving the health and wellbeing of deprived communities. ASOLI works collaboratively with relevant institutions through implementation research, innovations and advocacy to contribute to strengthening health systems and engender local communities’ support and utilization of healthcare.
Environment and Climate Change:
Mitigating the impact of climate change is essential for poverty alleviation. Even though poor communities are the least contributors to climate change, they are the worst affected by the adverse effects of climate change. Most poor people in rural areas are agrarian; mostly subsistence farmers are highly vulnerable to changing weather conditions which impacts on agricultural production. Over reliance on rudimentary farming methods and rain-feed agriculture exacerbates vulnerability to climate change. ASOLI engages with stakeholders to help farmers and farming communities prepare and adapt to climate change through innovative strategies and advocacy.
Agriculture and Food Security:
Improvement in Agriculture is essential for poverty reduction and food security in Africa. Close to 70% of rural dwellers in Africa directly depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Unfortunately malnutrition and food insecurity continue to confront people in developing countries of SSA. Through community-based approaches, ASOLI aims to support farmers to gain access to improved farm inputs and farming practices that will increase their yield, ensure proper food storage and marketing of their produce and reduce post-harvest losses.
Gender and Women Empowerment:
Most African societies are patriarchal in nature and male dominance is prevalent in most spheres of social and economic lives. ASOLI priorities social inclusion of all especially women, children and minority groups in decision-making and social life for the betterment of society. ASOLI rolls out interventions aimed at empowering vulnerable people and gender inclusion through education, skills provision and advocacy among others.
Africa is the least ranked in terms of human capital index. Many children born in Africa miss education opportunities and about 60% of human capital in the region is projected to go waste. ASOLI aims to bridge this gap by contributing to improving access to quality education for children from vulnerable families in the region through innovation interventions and stakeholder engagements programs.
About 896 million people in developing countries earn less than $2 per day. The majority of these impoverished people are within the sub-Saharan Africa region. ASOLI would work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to support communities to break out of the cycle of poverty through sustainable livelihood programs.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH):
Good sanitation, Safe drinking water and hygiene are fundamental to the health and well-being of all humans. The World Health Organization acknowledges the important contribution of WASH to good health, livelihoods, dignity, school attendance and building resilient communities in healthy environments. WASH contributes immensely to the prevention of diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and dysentery and several Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) including trachoma, schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths. Afrobarometer estimates that almost half of people living in Africa do not have access to clean water and two-thirds have no access to infrastructure for sewage. ASOLI aims to work with communities, government agencies and developmental partners to help improve the WASH situation.