A doctor with a newborn baby in Ethiopia

Healthy communities

Over the past five years we have helped over 3,600,000 people access better healthcare.

Poor health creates a vicious cycle of poverty. Those in poverty become too ill to work, and money spent accessing healthcare pushes people further into poverty. 

VSO volunteers work with health workers, communities and governments to improve health services and rights for some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of society - including women, babies, youth, people with disabilities, and prisoners.


Our work supporting health

maternal health in Sierra Leone
VSO/Peter Caton

Maternal and newborn health

Improving access to quality healthcare for mothers and babies. 

A student at Umutara School for the Deaf

Inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights

Supporting the most vulnerable people to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

A nurse stands in the Chikurubi prison clinic with a trolley of medicines in front of her
VSO/Cynthia Matonhodze

Prison health

Improving the health and wellbeing of marginalised and neglected prison populations.

Where we support health initiatives

Bangladesh

Health

eSwatini

Health

  • Interactive theatre for justice
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Ethiopia

Health

  • Equipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths

Malawi

Health

  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Nepal

Health

Rwanda

Health

Sierra Leone

Health

Tanzania

Health

Uganda

Health

  • Equipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths

Zambia

Health

  • Training and Local knowledge (TALK!)
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Zimbabwe

Health

  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa