Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development (AHEAD) Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to work with under served communities in developing countries to improve the quality of life for orphans and other vulnerable children, women and youth by implementing sustainable programs that lead to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
The goals of the AHEAD are:
- to reduce and eliminate disease and premature death
- to cultivate and advance healthy living
- to foster sustainable environmental activities
AHEAD carefully creates and implements projects at the grass-roots level, involving villagers in all aspects of program planning, training, implementation, and evaluation.
AHEAD presently has programs in Tanzania and The Gambia, where malaria, malnutrition and diarrheal diseases remain the primary causes of death among infants and children, and where maternal and fetal mortality rate is malignant and among the worst in the world. Health facilities are often inaccessible, or when available, understaffed and sorely ill-equipped to handle the many needs facing communities.
AHEAD gives priority to child survival and safe motherhood programs that focus on HIV/AIDS and STD prevention; prevention of childhood diseases, including malaria, measles, tuberculosis, polio, diarrheal diseases, and nutrition interventions for malnourished and undernourished children; teen pregnancy prevention; pre- and postnatal care; child spacing; environmental health; youth development; health care capacity building; and education.
AHEAD has earned accolades from UNICEF for its’ effective primary health care services which have resulted in an exponential improvement in immunization rates in AHEAD targeted villages via AHEAD’s Mobile Health Outreach Programs, which has been established in over 35 villages. In these villages immunization coverage of children improved from less than 27% to 98% for complete coverage of children five years and under.