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.
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.    

Jul 23, 2013

Resource Center Project In Progress

ACHI is moving on to the next phase in constructing a Resource Center at Amakohia in Ihitte/Uboma LGA of Imo state. The choice of this place as the site is due to the availability of existing buildings that have been abandoned for several years; the location of the building and accessibility of the site to our numerous patients. The idea of a resource center came after the discovery, through health screening of individuals living with diabetes, and hypertension without the knowledge of the condition, and prognosis of these conditions. We decided to have a place that will be centrally located, with access road. We have six rooms that will be used for teaching, supplies, laboratory, and for groups. There is a need for reinforcement of what is being taught during the annual outreaches by a trained health educator and health professional. Through our friends, coworkers and a group of peace corps volunteers of America that were in Nigeria in the Sixties ( Friends of Nigeria}, we have complete the roofing, the ceiling, the doors and windows. There is still more to be done to put the center into use. We still need equipment for the lab, tables, toilet facility and water supply. The electrical work still needs to be done. We are starting this year’s medical outreach on July 27th 2013 through August 17th 2013. We are grateful for all your support in making sure that ACHI reaches its goal of having this center completed. Your support is important to us.

Apr 17, 2013

Update on the Resource Center Building project

ACHI's goal of having a centrally located place for chronic disease management,continues to attract individuals from different places, who have seen our goals as one that will benefit the population we serve. Funds have delayed our progress in completing the renovation of these building so they could be put into use. Having this project completed will bring joy to this organization, and help us serve these individuals better. We received a donation of three exam tables, whellchairs, walkers and an Ambulance, all these are going to be housed in this compound. We received  total of $2,075 from a church this month to assist in the project. The compound that has three buildings of six classrooms and office space has gotten a new roof and ceiling. We still owe the contractor some money for the work. The next phase is to raise the protective walls around the building up for safety, before the doors and the windows are put in place. We still need help obtaining the windows, doors, constructing a restroom and sinking a borehole for water supply. We appreciate every donation, and prayers from each and everyone of you. We are going back this year for another mission trip and to see how much we can do to have this building ready for the program.  

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