This project aims to improve the health status of the inhabitants of the Central and Plateaux regions of Togo and their resilience to a range of risks through health promoting practices, improved access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation, and improved means of identifying and dealing with hazards and threats.

The health of Togo’s poor population is particularly at risk. Difficulty in accessing water, hygiene and sanitation, and health measures such as routine vaccinations are major factors. The importance of health promoting practices such as breastfeeding, pregnancy monitoring or basic hygiene measures is not well known.

In Togo, 64 out of every 1,000 children still do not reach their fifth birthday and 396 women out of every 100,000 births die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. In Western Europe, the infant and child mortality rate is less than 4 deaths per 1000 live births and the maternal mortality rate is 5 deaths per 100,000 births. In addition to these scourges, there are risks of natural disasters such as floods and landslides, which are detrimental to the health of the population and their livelihoods.

Without sufficient awareness of the risks and the means to deal with them, communities cannot adequately address them. In order to reduce their vulnerability, they need to build resilience, which means building resources and capacity in all areas that are relevant to a community from health to social cohesion to natural resource management.