At present, the place where we are born determines the health we are going to have. One of the keys for this to change lies in the educational system, and having trained, capable, and motivated personnel is essential so that the health sector can take advantage of its potential. However, education systems in sub-Saharan Africa face major problems, from gender disparity in access to quality education to insufficient number of educational structures or difficult living conditions.
The many NGOs working in the field must contribute to the improvement of this situation. In this process, the preparation of previous analyses and past reports are the best way to assess the potential impact of projects on the population. But those who must lay the true foundations of change are the local governments and, consequently, the members of societybecause it is them who must demand an educational and fair health system.
However, for this to be possible, the population must have the necessary tools, because as Amartya Sen correctly stated, "a healthy, educated and informed person is a person capable of understanding their rights and choosing the options that lead to their well-being. " For this reason, young people should be the focus of the actions, including in their training not only the sense of responsibility, but also the humanistic part: an integral formation that favors the entrance into the the working world of young professionals with social values is fundamental for the development of the health system.
Inevitably, it is a long-term solution, but it is the way to be sustainable. For this reason, it is fundamental to work from the beginning with the local populations from the own management and implementation of the projects, since they are the ones who have the knowledge and motivation to achieve goals.
Along with the young people, women are the engine of development. However, one of the major problems affecting the education system in sub-Saharan Africa is school dropout, where a high percentage are girls, due to child or forced marriage, lack of financial resources or the need to work at home, among others. In this context, it is essential to work with families so that they do not take their daughters out of schools, because they will be the key to the continent.
From Fundación Recover, we thank all the people who attended the III Recover Workshop: Train People to transform lives. For us it was a wonderful opportunity and a pleasure to be able to share this rewarding time with everyone.