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U.S. Embassy and AVSI continue partnership for rural women’s health in Nigeria

Nigeria-Pepfar-us-embassy-2For the second consecutive year, AVSI Nigeria received a grant in the 2013 U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief) small grant program. On May 31, Amb. Terence P. McCulley and Deputy Political Counselor Mary Johnson met with representatives from the recipient organizations in an award ceremony.

Doctor Ndidi, represented AVSI Nigeria at the ceremony:

“We will use the small grant to run a health education program in Ikorodu, Oreta. We call it train the trainers. We will involve over 200 people – caregivers, mothers with kids under five, malnourished children, social health workers – in basic interactive training on nutrition education, prevention of diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, puberty & development awareness and food demonstration classes. The newly trained team will then become active players in the Ikorodu community, through visits to the local markets, support to the Health program of the local nursery and primary schools, and participating in local community leaders meeting. An estimated 10,000 people will benefit from this program.”

The award continues AVSI’s integrated activities, which include:

  • Weekly clinic outreach activities at Ikorodu and at Ira-Nla.
  • Health education on the prevailing diseases in neighboring communities and at St John School, Ikorodu.
  • Mobilizing communities for health interventions, including immunization drives, prevention of Malaria, and de-worming exercises using a family-based approach.
  • Conducting regular supervisory visits to TBAs for proper delivery & to link for referrals in cases of emergencies.
  • Treatment of minor ailments; Referrals to secondary level hospital for complex cases.
  • Conducting minor laboratory tests, such as malaria parasite using rapid diagnostic test kit, hemoglobin level, blood sugar level, urinalysis, etc.
  • Providing HIV counseling and testing services for women and men, blood and urine testing, pregnancy testing.
  • Providing Psychosocial and Educational Assistance and Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (ACCORD).

Developing the capacity of 90 caregivers of OVCs on issues such as: HIV/AIDS prevention and care, safe infant feeding & weaning practices, and home management of common childhood illnesses.


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