Feb 22, 2021

ATP SUPPORTS SCHOOLS AGAINST COVID19

Ask The Paediatricians Foundation warmly welcomes you all to the new year 2021! Happy New Year to you our wonderful partners. We are optimistic for a better year in the midst of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic which has been rocking our world since 2020. At the end of 2020, we released our 2020 ATP annual magazine which detailed all that we were able to accomplish despite the pandemic. The link to the magazine which is available on our website has been attached to this report. We will appreciate if you can find time read and see how much impact your support has made. As our usual practice for the past 4 years, Ask The Paediatricians Foundation collaborated with Community of Sant'Egidio for the Annual 2020 Christmas Lunch for the children at Makoko. This was modified as there was no group gathering or party in view of the ongoing pandemic but the food and drinks were shared to the children in the community while maintaining all the Covid19 protocols of wearing facemasks and maintaining social distancing. We are happy to be part of putting smiles on the faces of these children despite the pandemic.

As we started the new year; Ask The Paediatricians Foundation has continued with our our online programme support for parents after a short Christmas annual break which ended on the 11th January 2021. We have since resumed our virtual support online via our Facebook groups and the private chats and video consultations on our highly subsidized ATP clinics. We are currently running the ATPParents series on our Instagram channel where we continue to share essential health information on via posters and videos made in different languages our audience can relate with.Our Facebook group has continued to grow tremendously and we just passed the 660,000 membership strength. We have a weekly livestream video programme called ATP LIVE on all our social media handles where one of our Paediatricians take live questions and answers sessions with parents. ATP continues to celebrate the Health days and we have weekly webinar on topical health issues on our Facebook group in addition to answering more than 1000 questions weekly posted directly to the group. Our Facebook group has been busier and engagement remains high. Our ATP mobile app has also been updated for easier and more friendly user experience. 

As regards our offline events, these remain suspended in view of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic and the current second wave in Nigeria which have limited our physical outreaches and gatherings. Many schools have now resumed in most states in Nigeria after the Christmas holidays. Though the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention have released guidelines for schools, it is not clear if the schools are complying with these or have resources to do so. As an organization that is committed to the wellbeing of children; we recently completed a survery to see how the schools are faring and how we can support the schools in keeping our children safe from Covid19 infection while they are learning in schools. 

An initial analysis of the 277 completed questionnaires from schools heads in Nigeria and Ghana showed that while 99% of the schools are aware of the Covid19 pandemic; just over half (55%) have had any official awareness training of the school community members about Covid19 and how to keep safe at school. We found that even less than half (44%) have awareness posters in their schools - classrooms and communal areas to remind the school population of the Covid19 protocols. One-fifth of the schools surveyed have needed to shut down their schools as a result of Covid19 infection in the schools though only 1% of schools have had instances of members of the school community having confirmed Covid19 infection.

Majority of the schools (87%) will appreciate ATP coming to run an awareness training programme for the school community. Unfortunately; less than a quarter of the schools surveyed have facilities for internet and online awareness training. When asked what support the schools need to improve their compliance with Covid19 protocols; 80% will appreciate donation of handsanitizers for hand hygiene; 76% will like to have thermometers so as to monitor temperature of the students; 61% would like to have provision of handwashing basins for hand-washing at schools; 59% of schools would like to have face-masks available in the schools and more than 50% would like to have information posters that can be displayed in the schools as reminder of the prevention protocols.   

Having completed our survey; we can see there is a gap in the schools being able to comply with the national guidelines for prevention of Covid19 pandemics and keeping the children safe at schools. We have decided to bridge this gap and have taken this up as our next project. The aim is to support our schools in prevention of Covid19 infection transmission. We believe the schools are important for children to learn but at the same time; the children should be able to learn safely without getting infected.

We are lauching this campaign between March and June 2020. We aim to reach at least 500 schools in the first campaign throughout all the states of Nigeria and some schools in Ghana via our State Chapters. We are grateful to GlobalGiving kickstarting this by a donation of $5000 from the Covid19 Emergency Relief Fund. We estimate that this project and other programme will cost us $100,000 in 2021. We look forward to your support always as our esteemed partners in keeping our schools and children safe from Covid19. We will strive to update you with our progress in supporting the schools. We thank you in advance for your support and request that you can kindly reach us via our email at askthepaediatricians@gmail.com for any other enquiries on how you can be part of this project. Thank you for your support always.

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Oct 27, 2020

Supporting Families Virtually in the midst of Covid19 Pandemic

ATP LIVE Independence Day Special
ATP LIVE Independence Day Special

The year 2020 has been quite a challenging one for everyone globally and for us as well at the Ask The Paediatricians Foundation. FWe have to make the painful decision to cancel our usual October independence day community outreaches as a result of the pandemic. Most schools in Nigeria are still closed and social distancing measures recommended by government as a means of controlling the pandemic will be quite challenging in an outreach.We however celebrated the Independence day with a special edition of ATP LIVE on health and welfare of our children.

Notwithstanding this challenge, Ask The Paediatticians Foundation has continued to support parents and children via our online facebook group. The Facebook group has continued to grow and we currently have over 653,000 members and we answer about 1000 questions from parents weekly.Many members continue to give feedback how the group has been a saving measure for them during the pandemic as a reputable source of genuine health information. Our ATP family Facebook group for adults now has over 50,000 members in 2 years and has been supporting parents on their own health issues.

ATP also participated in the first virtual Facebook Communities Summit in October 2020 involving many communities on Facebook globally and I was previleged to be one of the speakers on keeping communities safe from misinformation. It was an honour to share with other community leaders how we have been using different resources provided by Facebook and our own monitoring in providing evidence-based information while keeping misinformation out of the group especially when it relates to health of children; we cannot afford the danger that misinformation will cause.

Apart from the Facebook channel; we have continued our online health education via other social media platforms including our YouTube and Instagram channels where we upload short health education videos daily. Many people found these videos and posts very informative and supportive in ensuring good and appropriate health care for their children. We have also embarked on the update of our ATP mobile app so as to increase its user-friendliness and ensure that subscribers get the best out of the app which now has more than 4000 subscribers on Android and Apple.

Despite putting an hold on physcial outreaches, we continue to develop and prepare ourselves to reach more children in 2021. We are currently building our human resource and funding capacity. We welcomed our 2020 new interns - 12 of them who as beneficiaries of ATP our group and are now ready to contribute their own quota to growth and impact of ATP. We are so excited about their optimisim and passion. One of them is from Ghana and she is quite passionate about launching our Ghana chapter and we look forward to having our first outreach beyond Nigeria as we launched into the rest of Africa. We have also launched fundraising campaigns to see our members comitted to giving regularly to ATP from as low as N100 monthly. We look forward to your continous support and are immensely grateful to those of you who have been consistently supporting us. To say thank you to you all our regular donors; we will be giving a gift of free online course to any donor with a gift of N10,000 or more from October to the end of 31 December 2020.

We look forward to the end of the global pandemic and resumption of our global outreaches. Thank you so much for your support. 

ATP new interns
ATP new interns
Fundraising Campaign
Fundraising Campaign

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Jun 29, 2020

ATP CELEBRATES CHILDREN'S DAY 2020 AND LAUNCHES TELE-HEALTH CLINICS AMIDST COVID19 PANDEMIC

Just like every other organization in the world, our programme especially the community outreaches have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic crisis. As a result for the first time since 2016 we were unable to do our May Children's Day Community Medical Outreaches as we adhered to the WHO and Nigerian government NCDC guidelines on social distancing measures and avoidance of large gatherings as part of measures in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Despite not being able to do physical outreaches, Ask The Paediatricians Foundation has been in the frontline of the battle against Covid19 in Nigeria especially on our most powerful platform - Ask the Paediatricians Facebook group with over 630,000 members; that brings together parents and paediatricians and other health care professionals from more than 100 countries in the world.  

We have seen a strong increase in the number of new members and have over 40,000 new members between March and May 2020 who are seeking reliable health information on Covid19. We have also seen increase in the number of posts and questions about Coronavirus. Faced with this influx, we launched special COVID-19 discussions to address the various concerns by members about the pandemic. We have had LIVE programmes on our Facebook, YouTube and lnstagram channels to raise awareness about the risks and issues of the Covid19 pandemic and to fight against inappropriate remedies.

One of the challenges that we identified during this period was the reluctance of parents to take sick children to hospitals and health care facilities due to concerns of contracting the Coronavirus. In as much as we answer several questions on what can be done at home; we know some cases require consultation with a medical professional beyond the generic advice given on the Facebook group. To address this, we launched in May a telehealth service via the Cliniko health practice software to allow parents consult with paediatricians and other health professionals via video consultations at moderate fees. This has been well-received and where apporpriate in-person consultation was also arranged by the health professionals. Due to the level of trust in the Ask the Paediatricians brand, the members of our community have been asking for our clinics for a long time. With the implementation of the telemedicine video consultation platform, we have been able to create this huge asset in the time when it is most needed during the COVID-19 crisis.

As a child-centred organization, we organized online celebrations to mark the 2020 Children's Day on our social media platforms. We organized several competitions to mark the week long events. The various competitions include the ATP Babies of the Year 2020 (Boys and Girls Categories for babies less than 3 years); ATP State Traditional Attire (Boys and Girls Categories) with no age restrictions; ATP 60s video presentations by children aged 3  - 14 years on how they have been keeping safe during the pandemic; and the 2-stage Quiz competitions for children in Senior Secondary Schools.

The ATP 2020 Children's Day Celebrations ended with a grand finale LIVE programme that lasted over 3 hours on Children's Day on the 27th May 2020 from 6pm online on our Facebook and YouTube channels simultaneously. We kickstarted with a keynote presentation on "How to Build the Potentials of Future leaders" by the CEO, Ask The Paediatricians Foundation, Dr Gbemisola Boyede. This segment was sponsored by Peak456 (Friesland Campina). Then we had the final Senior Secondary Hotseat Quiz on Coronavirus for Top5 from Stage 1. We ended the celebration by announcing and presenting gifts to winners of different categories for all the multiple competitions. We especially want to thank those who supported by donating some gifts in kind used as prizes. ATP gave cash gifts as well to the TOP3 of all the competitions. All Final Top10 are given Free Paediatrician Video Consultation vouchers worth N20,000 to be redeemed on the ATP Clinics platform.

Finally, we are very excited to be the winner for the second time running of the Social Media for Social Goods Award Africa 2020 Awards in the Health Category. This recognition is a testimony to how Ask The Paediatricians Foundation has been impacting the health of children in Nigeria and as stated in our acceptance speech; this award is dedicated to all Nigerian children who we pray for that they will live and not die. We look forward to that day when no Nigerian child will die from any preventable cause. We thank you also for supporting us and look forward to your continuous partnership in achieving that dream  

SMSGA2020 AWARD
SMSGA2020 AWARD
ATP CLINICS
ATP CLINICS

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