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.

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.

Now, in the context of an unprecedented global health emergency, we're rapidly adapting our work to ensure we do all we can to keep people safe and well - from reaching vulnerable communities with essential information, to supporting women to seek antenatal care without risking infection.

Our COVID-19 response in health


Our work supporting health

A smiling young mother lies in a hospital bed and holds her newborn baby on her chest
VSO/Ginny Lattul

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.

Arthur smiles as he sits atop some scrap metal in his welding yard
VSO/Peter Caton

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

Our projects

Brown Niyonsaba teaching sign language to community health worker Judith Mugirente
©VSO/Ben Langdon

Brown Niyonsaba teaching sign language to community health worker Judith Mugirente as part of the Imbere Heza project in Rwanda.

Find out more about our current and former projects helping to create healthy communities.

 

Example projects