What We Do
Angellite works in many local communities of countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
Fighting the Ebola Epidemic
What is the Ebola virus?
Ebola virus is a severe, many times fatal illness spread through contact with the bodily fluids of infected people and animals. Initial symptoms are 'flu' like and easily confused with other common diseases in Africa, like Malaria, but the next stages of the disease are vomiting, diarrhoea, internal and external bleeding. Average survival rate for victims of Ebola is only 50%. Plus the disease doesn't just die with the victim, Ebola can survive for several days outside the host body, including on the skin of the dead.
Crisis in West Africa
From the first report of the disease in March 2014 there have been over 19,000 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola in Africa. The countries suffering from the outbreak include Guinea, Mali but the two most heavily affected countries are Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Two previously affected countries, Nigeria and Senegal have been able to stem the disease. However during the crisis so far the World Health Operation have reported more than 7,500 Ebola deaths but believes this seriously underestatimates the actually number of fatalities from the disease.
At Angellite we are aiding in the fight against Ebola with our partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the countries worst hit by Ebola. Working directly with the communities most affected by Ebola, they are providing support on the ground to people in quarantine with the disease and after they are released from it.
This vital aid includes:
- Giving medical and sanitation supplies to under-funded medical centres.
- Providing protective gear to health workers.
- Broadcasting safety messages on radio stations and in public areas.
- Training local volunteers to lead awareness raising campaigns in their communities.
We need your help to stop the spread of this deadly disease.
- £30 can pay for cleaning and disinfectant materials for three families.
- £50 will buy three sets of personal protective equipment for volunteers supporting people under quarantine.
- £100 can provide training to a community on how to keep themselves safe and stop the spread of Ebola.
99% of your donation will go to support emergency work in West Africa. Our partners are on the ground, working flat out to protect people from the virus. We are supporting the distribution of over 200,000 pairs of disposable gloves and 360kg of powdered chlorine for health centres and medical teams to keep it at bay. Over 1.2 million people have been reached with life-saving advice on how to avoid contracting Ebola. Together we can tackle the chaos and mixed messages - clear, accurate information will save lives.
Please, donate now to stop the spread.
Ongoing Project - Health in Nigeria
Maternal Health/Infant Mortality and Malaria
The burden of poor health has hampered development on the continent. Global yearly losses in productivity attributed to maternal and newborn health problems alone amount to $15 billion. A woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute about 529,000 each year the vast majority of them in developing countries. A woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared to a 1 in 4,000 risk in a developing country the largest difference between poor and rich countries of any health indicator. This glaring disparity is reflected in a number of global declarations and resolutions.
The direct causes of maternal deaths are haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and complications of unsafe abortion. There are birth-related disabilities that affect many more women and go untreated like injuries to pelvic muscles, organs or the spinal cord. At least 20% of the burden of disease in children below the age of 5 is related to poor maternal health and nutrition, as well as quality of care at delivery and during the newborn period. And yearly 8 million babies die before or during delivery or in the first week of life. Furthermore, many children are tragically left motherless each year. These children are 10 times more likely to die within two years of their mothers' death.
Similarly, our organisation conducted further surveys and research to re-establish the extent of the problems associated with maternal health and infant mortality; an understanding of the root cause of the problems and proffering long lasting communal sustainable solutions to identified causes. However, we discovered that major attributable causes of maternal/infant deaths in these sub-saharan communities are attributable to chiefly malaria infection. Although other causes are prevalent, but due to the high incidence of malaria infections and subsequent multi-player effects on pregnant women and children under five, it became imperative that if the causes of malaria can be addressed, the magnitude of maternal and infant deaths will be drastically reduced in these poor communities.
Malaria during pregnancy has been most widely evaluated in Sub-Sahara Africa where 90% of the global malaria burden occurs. The burden of malaria infection during pregnancy is caused chiefly by (Plasmodium falciparum), the most common malaria species in Africa. Every year at least 20 million pregnancies occur among women in malarial areas of Africa, most of who reside in areas of high malaria transmission. Consequently, these women usually become ill when infected with malaria. Pregnant women resident in these communities are at two to threefold higher risk of developing severe disease as a result of malaria infection than non-pregnant adults living in the same area. In these areas maternal deaths occurs either directly from acute malaria or indirectly from malaria-related severe anaemia. In addition, malaria infection of the mother results in a range of adverse pregnancy outcomes; including spontaneous abortions, neonatal deaths and low birth weight (LBW).
Additionally, malaria accounts for two in five of all childhood deaths in Africa. Malaria compromises the health and development of millions of children throughout the Sub-Saharan African region. Over 50% of the world's children live in malaria-endemic countries. According to the United Nations, each year, approximately 300 to 500 million malaria infections lead to over three million deaths, of which over 75% occurs in African children resounding to high mortality from malaria.
Consequently, we have devised sustainable and effective approach to tackle the issue of maternal health, infant mortality and malaria. We are embarking on the educational enlightenment, distribution of insecticide mosquito nets and provision of clean sources of drinking water (drilling of water-holes) which has gained a reputation as one of the cheapest and most effective ways to reducing the scourge of maternal deaths and infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. It is therefore our belief though that such an effort will enhance human capital development, bring significant improvement to the health of marginalised and improvised women and children, tackle abject poverty among the poorest and create a condition for sustainable development as entrenched in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 4/5/6. Additional we act to put state governments on the need for continuous funding and reviewing public health policies that will ensure the provisions of healthcare facilities that will be accessible by the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged people. In response to this demanding challenge, we have executed a primary project aimed at tiding the wave maternal death and infant mortality in Kalabari communities of Bayelsa in Nigeria. This project provided insecticide treated mosquito nets to over 10,000 families targeting women and children less than five years of age. The project further provided water-holes as sources of hygienic clean drinking water for over 20,000 households; the project sought to provide insecticide treated mosquito nets to over 10,000 women and children and constructed four water-holes as sources of hygienic drinking water to over 30,000 house-holds in the communities. At present, Angellite is seeking supports, funding, grants and partnerships to replicate this successful initiative in other parts of communities in countries of our operations.
Ongoing Project - Education in Chad
Literacy Programme Tools
(Marbrone Communities of Ouaddai Region: Republic of Chad)
Chad represents one of the few countries in the world with the highest number of children of school-able age not going to school (WB Report, 2009). Chad alone accounts for over 55% of illiteracy cases in Africa and according to the DFID (2009), over 55% of children are without basic primary education and those that have tried to attend school had dropped out due to acute poverty. Furthermore, the annual and future losses to the Chadian economy as a direct result of this are estimated at millions of dollars (DFID 2009). We believe that, this development portents a grave danger for the entire region, and perhaps the increasingly interdependent world, unless some urgent measures are taken to remedy this malady. The objective of this project therefore is to provide study/writing materials, hot school meals and access to drinkable sources of drinking water and hygienic learning environment for prospective children. In 2010 Angellite partnered with some local community development organisation embarked on this initiative strive, to encourage recruitment and attendance of schools by the vast majority of school age children roaming about, mostly girls. This project was in line of our vision to educate more than 50,000 children annually till 2015. As an inducement to register and attend school for the children aged 6-12 years old, our organisation realised that due to the pressure of extreme poverty, most of these children had resorted to begging, child prostitutions and all forms of vices to make ends meets. Consequently, to attract them to school, we provided learning materials (Books, writing packs, branded bags and school meals); this is in recognition that a hungry child cannot pay attention to any form of academic learning. Furthermore, we constructed water-holes and toilet facilities in the mostly dilapidated public schools, to provide clean sources of drinking water and sanitary environment for the children to learn in. More so, the successful executions of the first phase of this programme has led to the replication of same in Alibori communities of Benin Republic with more than 1000 children mostly girls able to register and are attending school with the ultimate goal to attain knowledge reading, writing, maths in basic primary education. However our organisation is seeking funding, supports and partnerships in order to replicate this successful approach in most of deprived and marginalised rural communities in countries of our operations. Please donate, £10 will provide necessary materials for one child to attend schools and gain understanding of maths, reading and writing in order to attain basic primary education.
Africa, with 17 percent of the world’s population, accounts for more than half of its maternal and child deaths, 89 percent of malaria cases and 72 percent of HIV/AIDS related deaths. The continent also has the world’s lowest average life expectancy, experiences the highest proportional yearly increases in communicable diseases, and faces an ever-growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. As a result, Angellite has joined forces with Global health alliances and other development partners in aligning our efforts in an unprecedented manner to urge for increased commitments to improve the health of Africa’s women and children through programmes aid at addressing highlighted health predicaments.
Combating HIV/AIDS in through education and Partnership with Communities Angellite foresees a world where children and families can live free of HIV infection and those that are affected by HIV/AIDS can live positively and productively without stigma and discrimination. Consequently we in partner with our community groups continually support hundreds of thousands of people by HIV. Our approach is to addressing the pandemic through prevention, care and advocacy for policy change and global funding. Working with families, community groups, local governments and other nongovernmental organizations, we strengthen local capacities to protect, prevent the spread of HIV, and care for community members infected with HIV/AIDS. In order to ensure a comprehensive and sustainable response to the epidemic as well as mitigate stigma and discrimination, our approach is to integrate HIV throughout various sector programs in education, health and advocacies.
Education is vital to lasting positive change in childrens lives. Yet for millions of children and youth in developing countries, education is almost beyond reach. In 2005, Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for over 76% of the Worlds 120 million children out of school. The situation is particularly troubling for girls; with only one in ten girls affected by poverty attending school. Angellite, along with different local development associations, embarked on an extensive series of surveys with the aim to find the root cause of this problem. Now armed with the findings of this research we focus on the communities in greatest need, design programs that minimize the obstacles to participation and make the content of education relevant to the realities of children’s lives. We particularly support projects that bring about enrolment, school attendance, quality learning, a conducive learning environment and the continuous capacity development of teachers. Our goal is to educate more than 300,000 children in the next five years.