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Children develop and live healthy lives

SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero hunger, 3. Good health and well-being, 6. Clean water and sanitation & 7. Affordable and clean energy

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all children at all ages is essential to sustainable development. All children around the world should have access to the best healthcare possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy.

 

Didier Lalaye in Chad combats the high prevalence of bilharzia by identifying the disease early through a simple mobile testing units suited for use in rural and particularly vulnerable areas

AnneSofie Blixt in Sweden offers coaching and compassion through an online anonymous chat service directed to children and young people suffering from mental illnesses

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entrepreneurs in our portfolio work with different solutions to ensure healthy lives and promote children’s well-being.

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children and young people were supported to develop and live healthier lives, through interventions carried out by Change Leaders in Bulgaria, Chad, Croatia, Denmark, DRC, Estonia, Ghana, Latvia, Russia and Sweden

Case: LoveGuide

An unrestricted grant enabled LoveGuide to launch their online platform and gain attention from more partners.

Bulgaria has one of the highest teenage pregnancy, abortion and birth rates in Europe. “In Bulgaria, sex is a taboo topic in families and we don’t have sexual health education in the school curriculum”, says Change Leader Nikoleta Popkostadinova. She continues: “Lobbying for the Bulgarian government to take action would take too long, so I decided to found LoveGuide. We inform young people both off- and online in a positive, friendly, simple, open and honest manner, so that they can grasp the information and make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.”

Nikoleta was selected to join the Reach for Change Incubator in 2015. At that time, she had no product to showcase, which made it challenging to explain her solution and convince partners to get on board. Nikoleta says: “Reach for Change was the very first partner that believed in us and saw value in our work. Before we joined the Incubator we felt insecure and postponed our initiatives, but the support and guidance from Reach for Change gave us a ‘kick in the ass’ to take action. The grant was unrestricted which meant we could spend it wherever we most needed, which was really helpful - it enabled us to launch our online platform. With the platform live and the support from Reach for Change on our CV acting like a stamp of approval, it became easier to approach other potential partners.”

LoveGuide’s strengthened network of partners accelerated their development in 2016. Compared to 2015, revenues increased from 0 to 11 000 USD and staff increased from one to three full-time employees. Furthermore they expanded offline operations from 0 to 93 Bulgarian communities, and multiplied the number of children reached online by more than 40 times from 204 to 8612.

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“Reach for Change was the very first partner that believed in us and saw value in our work. Before we joined the Incubator we felt insecure and postponed our initiatives, but the support and guidance from Reach for Change gave us a ‘kick in the ass’ to take action."

– Nikoleta Popkostadinova, LoveGuide

Case: L'Obesity

Artiomas Šabajevas battled obesity among 667 Lithuanian children and young people. In 2008, a study by the World Health Organization showed that among Lithuanian 7-year-olds, 25 % of boys and 21 % of girls were overweight, and 9 % and 7 % respectively were obese. In 2010, a national study by HBSC  showed that the situation also was similar among 11-year-olds.


To combat the high prevalence of overweight and obese young people in Lithuania, Change Leader Artiomas Šabajevas organizes camps and long-term support programmes for children and their parents, and performs advocacy and awareness raising as one of the founders of the association Lobesity. During 2016, Artiomas supported 667 children to live healthier lives - more than three times as many as in 2015.

Impact story: HOPE

This story is told by Jean Luc and Evelyne, who have made it their mission to increase blood donations in Senegal through a web and mobile application called HOPE.

Mohammed Ndjaye is a 4 years old boy. Unlike other children his age, he was born with a serious illness: the SS type of sickle cell disease. This means he need to receive regular blood transfusions; otherwise the disease could be fatal. During the month of Ramadan, the number of blood donors goes down. This meant Mohammed could not receive his usual blood transfusions because there was a shortage of blood. He fell seriously ill and had to be transferred to Albert Royer Children’s Hospital where he stayed for a few days.

On the International Day of Blood Donation, the National Blood Transfusion Centre and HOPE organized a large blood drive and a great deal of blood was donated. Due to this Mohammed could get his transfusion and immediately felt better.

Before HOPE came along, Mohammed’s parents and Mohammed himself were very afraid that there would not be any blood at the hospital for transfusions when he needed it. “Thanks to HOPE, I now believe there will always be blood for me at the hospital when I need it. When I grow up, I want to be a hero just like them!” Mohammed says.

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