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.
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.  

Jan 15, 2013

Dec. Health screening in Ogoniland, Niger Delta

 

From Dec. 26 to Dec. 30th, we had our annual adventure of bringing basic health information and needs to the rural areas of Nigeria has not only revealed the prevalence of the Silent Killer diseases, but also the population affected most and their educational levels. We were in Ogoniland,in Niger Delta part of Nigeria for this screening.             

Most of those screened could read and write basic English language, had basic education which in the 1970s to early 1980s was enough to get them jobs. These individuals were in their 30s, 40s and 50s. There were a relatively small number of elderly individuals (median life expectancy in Nigeria is 47 for female and 46 for male).              

 

They had basic education but still had little or no knowledge of what chronic diseases are, prognosis and self management of same. They are poor and few of them had any jobs, some of them have families and aging parents who are also dependent on them for their healthcare needs and so on. Why won't they be stressed, depressed, hypertensive, diabetic when they cannot live up to the expectations of their parents who sold their land to put them through school.                                      

 The silent killer is affecting this group of individuals in great numbers. It is an Earthquake, disaster in its own form. These problems cannot be solved by numerous annual medical missions that have no plans for continuity of care, after these individuals are identified. The conditions are chronic, also is the poverty amongst these group of people                                                            

For us to make a difference in the lives of these individuals, we need a program that will work on sustaining them after they are identified.                              

 

ACHI had the privilege of conducting health screening in Khana/Gokana local government areas, in Rivers State, Nigeria, last month. The numbers were staggering. Out of the 1046 adults screened, 50% of those were Hypertensive, and 13% Diabetic, 75% had malaria. We also saw lots of STDs amongst the young girls, and 200 kids were dewormed during the program.                    

 

The stories from these people are not different from their counterparts in other states or local governments. The doctors were overwhelmed with number of people with high blood pressures and impending strokes. Dr. Obinna Nwaneri in his own words said "I have never seen blood pressures this high in my life".                                          

 

Dr Nwaneri and other health professionals took time off from their families (during this Christmas Holiday season) to volunteer during the outreach program, which was sponsored by Hon. Maurice Pronen, who is a member of the Nigerian National House of Assembly. Hon Pronen heard about ACHI's program and wanted his people to benefit from it.                           

 Hon. Maurice Pronen has agreed to continue with the weekly maintenance program, which includes blood glucose monitoring for the diabetics, blood pressures for the hypertensive, reinforcing education, and weekly medication supply and management by a registered nurse in the community.  

  We will continue to encourage individuals, organizations, and groups, to go back to where they come from, communities around them, and the rest of the world to make a difference. The world needs help, but third world countries need more help

 

 

 

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