(What we do together)
WE, “we” is what we do together. Not just “us”, not just “them”, not just “you”… but WE.
We can make dreams come true. Small dreams or big, huge ones, they all matter. “We” – together – develop “Health & Disease Management” programs, “Youth” programs, “Community Development” programs, and “Data Collection & Advocacy” activities. “We” have no limits. “We” hold the power of togetherness, the qualities of what it means to be a society of human beings.
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Factor-H aims to provide adequate and holistic health assistance to all families affected by HD in our communities. Assistance takes place through contracts with specialized clinicians, by providing needed medications, and through regular community-centered medical days to provide specialized and general medicine support for the communities. Another aspect of our work is to enhance access to genetic counseling and testing.
Huntington’s disease is inherited. Every child of an affected person has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutation and develop the disease as well. Factor-H works to protect the rights of children and adolescents living with HD. We aim to bring opportunities for these children living in conditions of extreme vulnerability, through education, basic assistance, and social activities.
The communities we serve suffer from inadequate infrastructure. Many families live without running water or electricity, and have little social protection. Our goals include improving their lives via education and small business loans to help them evade poverty. We hope to build and manage day centers for HD families across the largest clusters in the world, where we can expand our work in the communities we serve.
A critical aspect of our work is the identification of families affected or at-risk for HD, so that we can better prioritize aid and act more effectively to raise awareness at a local, national and International level. By working closely with affiliated universities and other non-profit institutions, we hope to advocate effectively for HD families. Through seminars, articles, conferences, and an effective social policy, we believe we can bring additional support to enable our goals.
30 years ago, on March 23, a landmark Cell article was published, describing that the mutation in the gene responsible for Huntington’s disease had been