African community health intiative

ACHI aims to promote healthy communities by providing health screenings, health education, health maintenance, and professional consultation necessary to improve the quality of life for villagers. Project Goal: To bring health screenings, health education, maintenance of chronic health conditions, treatment and prevention of endemic disease conditions (like Malaria and intestinal parasites) to those living in rural villages in Nigeria and Namibia without access to health care.
Feb 4, 2014

Building Update

The need for a center for coordination of care for the villagers with chronic diseases continues to be our dream. We are doing our best with the limited support we are receiving from individuals and groups. This past year with the help of a US base organization called friends of Nigeria and Christ church Episcopal in Woodbury, we were able to complete the ceiling project, mount the doors and windows with window protectors to safe guide the equipments we have. More work still needs to be done for it to be put to use. We need electricity, water supply and toilet facility. We also need to have some of the rooms plastered with cement so we could paint them. The building is still being managed to run our maintenance program and annual outreach activities. We are praying and hoping for more funding this year so we can do more work. This building when completed will serve as a resource center for disease management, outlet for medical equipments and supplies for the needy, follow up center for investigations.

Oct 21, 2013

Update on Resource building Renovation

ACHI's decision to have a centrally located place to house our medical supplies, used as a follow up site for health education and reinforcement on chronic disease management is still in progress. We made the decision based on the results of our annual outreaches for the past nine years. The inability of the individuals in the rural areas of Nigeria to manage their conditions is complicated by financial poverty and POVERTY OF KNOWLEDGE. These individuals have no knowledge of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension; therefor have no knowledge of the disease process and management. We have been able to put doors and windows at the center, which has enabled us to put the left over supplies from our last mission away at this place. The site is currently used for follow up cares. More work still needs to be done. The already completed work was made possible by Friends Of Nigeria; Peace corps volunteers that were in Nigeria in the 1960s. We still need source of water supply, electricity and a toilet facility. The building is not yet done and with your help it will be completed and used for the purpose it is meant for. Attached are pictures of the building from our last concluded mission in August.    

Oct 4, 2013

Annual Health Screening in Nigeria

ACHI's goal of bringing health care and health education closer to the individauls living in poverty in the rural areas of Imo State Nigeria where there is no or lack of access to health care continues. We just concluded our 9th annual health screening in these communities. The stories and discoveries continue to be the same. Each year comes with new addition of newly identified individuals with diabetes and hypertension, who are not properly managed or are unaware of what is going on in their bodies.

This year's mission added more assessment tools to its procedures. With the help of Allina Health System in MN, who donated an Ambulance to the organization, we were able to conduct physical assessments in the areas that we did not have any form of privacy. The oncologist from MN who went us this year identified two women with breast cancer and they were referred appropriately. ACHI saw the need for a referral center for follow-up, collection center for dressing supplies, and diabetic supplies, and we started working on securing a site for this to happen. We secured an old building in one of the villages and started renovating it to be used for these purposes. With the help of Peace Corp Volunteers that were in Nigeria in th 1960's (Friends Of Nigeria-FON), and your donations, and donations from members of Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury MN, we have been able to reroof the building, put doors and windows. During this concluded mission, we were able to use the rooms for physical exams, consultation and treatment.

There are still work to be done at the site. We need running water, restrooms for staff and patients, security, and furnishing of the laboratory space, tables and chairs for consultation. We are grateful for your genarosity and kindness towards this organization since we strated. We will continue to serve people in need and making more effort to eradicate the poverty of knowledge which is one of the major problems facing the population we serve.    

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