In Togo, over five million people – about 70 per cent of the population – are unable to receive medical treatment.

Ineffective healthcare systems and a lack of treatment options are significant barriers to care. Nearly one in ten children will not live to see his or her fifth birthday – a rate fifteen times higher than that of developed countries.

Hope Through Health is an international organisation working to close this gap, by providing lifesaving healthcare services in northern Togo. They believe that everyone deserves access to high quality healthcare regardless of the latitude and longitude of their birthplace.

By implementing a proactive approach that integrates community health workers with improved health clinics – a patient centred model combined with universal access – they have demonstrated a better standard of care is possible even in the most neglected communities.

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Hope Through Health’s model proves that communities can transform the dynamics of healthcare delivery. Active community engagement not only leads to the delivery of more responsive healthcare services, but it also leads to a range of practical benefits, including decreased stigma, increased capacity and skills of local community members, greater patient engagement, increased information sharing, and higher staff motivation.

To celebrate the work of Hope Through Health, and other incredible organisations working towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), The Elders have launched #WalkTogether: Health for All – the second focus of their ongoing campaign to highlight courageous leadership, compassion and solidarity with civil society. 

Throughout #WalkTogether The Elders are sharing the work of ‘Sparks of Hope’ – organisations working to realise Mandela’s freedoms of peace, health, justice and equality. Hope Through Health  is one of the many incredible Sparks of Hope.

UHC means everybody receives the healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship. It is a key focus of The Elders and a goal with a growing global movement of leaders and citizens behind it. In the past few years there have been tremendous gains, especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. But we need more action, more rapidly. 

Through showcasing positive steps and inspiring citizen action, The Elders hope to encourage greater progress on the long walk to ‘Health for All’ by bringing together those who desperately need healthcare with those who can provide it. Illness is universal, but access to healthcare is not. If we #WalkTogether for #HealthforAll, we can change that.

Please join us and #WalkTogether for #HealthforAll by sharing stories of these remarkable Health Sparks of Hope on social media