Health in Action is a humanitarian organization established in 2011 in Hong Kong, with a focus in promoting community health and well being through the empowerment of underprivileged populations in Hong Kong and in Southeast Asia. Our work is rooted in the core belief that every human being has the right to health. We offer support to people based on health needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Health In Action is a registered charity in Hong Kong and is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.
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.