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Health in Africa

The Foundation for Community Inspiration, the charity linked with Private General Practice Services has just revamped its website www.f4ci.co.uk. I thought this would be a good time to go across a few of the health implications of the work the charity is doing. The charity is aiming to help with water, sanitation and hygiene in Mali, in Sub-Saharan Africa. The benefits of this nutritionally are very important. Clean water is essential to a healthy nutritious diet. We have been talking a lot, as we do at the practice how much nutrition can help our bodies through functional medicine, well that problem hits Africa but is many times amplified.

Lack of clean water allowes parasites to compete for food in the body meaning that people won’t absorb the key nutrients and minerals they need. In the UK we tend to lack vitamns like B12 and folate, but in Africa they lack even more important vitamins like iron and zinc. Such vitmains are fundemental to health growth of childrens brains, keeping healthy birthweight, which stops death and fighting awful illnesses like Cholera and Diarrhoea.

A couple of billion people in the world are chronically undernourished. The benefits of clean water on their lives through improved nutrition allows them to go to school, have jobs, look after children , improve the economy and empower women. If you feel strongly about your own nutrition which prbably isnt as peoples in Africa, then why not support our charity, www.f4ci.co.uk.