Health In Action was established in 2011 and is a registered non-governmental organization in Hong Kong. Our vision is to eliminate health inequity in societies and we firmly believe that health is a fundamental human right for all, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. We aspire to drive positive social change through cycles of service, research, and advocacy. Our current target beneficiaries include local working poor families, ethnic minorities, and refugees. Health In Action is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council.
Start of our story
With the vision to restore the dignity of neglected populations through humanitarianism and to bring change momentum into action in the local community, we started our mission in slum areas in Metro Manila in June 2011. This pilot project in the slums of Bangkulasi, Sawat and Virgo Drive was a success in mobilizing the local community to take health ownership and working with different stakeholders such as the local government and religion and community leaders. The idea of sustainable health in these regions is well-promoted through multifaceted approaches.
In parallel to our work in Manila slums, our scope of work has then been extended to disaster relief and local outreach programs. In 2013, we have deployed a series of disaster relief teams in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. At the same time, a new stream of work has also begun in Hong Kong for neglected groups often invisible to the eyes of the local majority – Asylum Seekers/Refugees and Working Poor. We are also expanding our overseas programs to address current health gaps around the region, including re-establishing health supply systems in Nepal mountainous regions and strengthening local capacity to manage emergencies.