HEALTH – and Bigent UG
The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. According to the WHO, the best possible state of health is a fundamental right for every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, and economic or social condition.
Health is more than a life without disease
A statement of a Bulgarian Roma coming from the city of Sliven shows that health services remain to be a dream for millions of people.
“The ambulance will not drive in our area. When I was going into labour, the ambulance only came because a health mediator from an aid project called the hospital for the third time. Unfortunately, it was already too late and I had to give birth on the toilet.”
The majority of current regimes are not seeking to meet the proposed health vision of the WHO, despite verbal proclamations. This applies to the politics of developing and emerging countries as well as industrialized nations.
A healthy diet and clean drinking water are not a priority
In highly developed countries such as the U.S., millions of people do not have access to proper health care. Large populations in many parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent do not have access to medical care and clean drinking water. Food companies in Europe fail to properly label products harmful to our health. Big landowners are trying to disguise the true impact of soil contamination and swindling drinking water supplies.
More and more people feel left alone and helpless from governments, parliaments and local politicians against these global developments.
A healthy life is matter of the civil society
Many of us are active and want to change our surroundings for the better, bring movements to life that put pressure on politicians in their countries and face negative tendencies – efforts to change your own and other people’s health conditions.
Bigent UG supports, advises and funds those kinds of people, movements and projects, while connecting them with experts and volunteers.
Targeting regional health systems for marginalized groups
We are targeting minorities that do not receive much attention in their countries, face exclusion as well as discrimination. This includes mothers of underserved regions in Africa, Roma in all parts of Eastern Europe, and fugitive families.
We can provide support in many different forms such as developing “readable” health guides and tips for illiterate people, establish local health care centers or distribute health news over the right network. We are facing questions surrounding people’s nutrition or projects for the improvement of health conditions of marginalized groups. This is about educating affected people of their rights and training health mediators.
We are convinced that an improvement of adequate health care will not be possible without educational projects.