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.
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.
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.
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.
As we continue to assist the under served, and underprivileged in the rural areas of Africa to a path of better health and understanding of chronic diseases and self management. Our goal of getting a centrally located Resource Center that will aid these individuals in reaching their goal to better health, through continued reinforcement of chronic disease management by scheduling classes, making access to needed supplies easier and readily available, and the sustainability of the treatment plan through the maintenance program which is already in progress. We have made progress. The roofing of the buildings that has six rooms and an office have been completed and we are moving to the next phase which is ceiling and electrical work. After which we do the doors and the windows. Funding for these phases is what we are working on. We now have six people on insulin that will need constant monitoring and supply of testing materials and medication
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