Dec 5, 2019

ATP GOES TO SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE OCTOBER 2019

Some of the students exploring the Nutrition book
Some of the students exploring the Nutrition book

In the month of October 2019 as part of our celebration of the Nigerian 59th Independence Anniversary, Ask The Paediatricians Foundations took our community medical outreaches to various schools in more than 30states of the country. We believe that Nigerian pupils and students in the schools are the future of our dear country and they must be healthy. Our mantra for the second set of our community outreaches for the year 2019 is "Healthy Students, Healthy Nation".

It was an awesome experience for the students and teachers of the schools visited by Ask The Paediatricians Foundations in our State Chapters and FCT Abuja throughout the country in October with a few spill over to November in states where we experienced delays in obtaining approvals from the States' Ministry of Education/Local Education Authorities and Boards.

We had the school outreaches in 31 States and Zonal chapters of the Ask The Paediatricians Foundation including the FCT Abuja. We visited 77 schools and reached 31,555 pupils and students. Most of the outreaches featured health talks on various topical health issues, handwashing including demonstration along with teaching the songs, oral hygiene health talk with demonstration, mass deworming of all the children seen, nutritional status assessment and consultation where feasiblefree medications where allowed. We also donated First Aid Boxes to most schools. In Imo state we also donated 12 glasses to some of the students with visual impairment. In Lagos and AkwaIbom States, the children also had books given to them freely. Most of the Outreaches also featured healthy snacks shared to the students. 

The Head, teachers and students of the schools were quite excited about these visits to their schools and did request that ATP would come back again.It was quite an exhilarating experience. In some schools, teachers expressed their helplessness on how to handle emergencies and some children with chronic health cases like epilepsy, asthma for example when they have attacks. They will like to know the first aid to apply before the children could be taken to the hospital. Ask The Paediatricians Foundation was quite pleased to take up this challenge to organize first aids training for the teachers in future events and help draw out plan on what to do as first aid measures for children with chronic health conditions.

Photos of the Outreaches are available on our Facebook group and we are currently working on our website to have each State Chapter Pages to feature photos from their events. We are so excited for your generous support that have made it possible for us to have reached alltogether more than 50,000 Nigerian children in the year 2019 and as the year ends, we are looking forward to doing more in 2020 with your moral and financial support to ATP community medical outreaches to the Nigerian children. 

Oral hygiene health talk and demonstration
Oral hygiene health talk and demonstration
Presentation of First Aid boxes to schools
Presentation of First Aid boxes to schools
More first aid boxes from ATP to schools
More first aid boxes from ATP to schools
Health talks constantly featured at all outreaches
Health talks constantly featured at all outreaches
Nutritional status assessments of all children
Nutritional status assessments of all children
Medical consultation
Medical consultation
Student fitted with free glasses at ATP Imo
Student fitted with free glasses at ATP Imo

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Sep 6, 2019

ATP Mobile Clinics Pilot Project and ATP Goes to Schools in October 2019

Our Point of Call - ATP GOES TO SCHOOLS
Our Point of Call - ATP GOES TO SCHOOLS

Ask The Paediatricians Foundation recently concluded our ATP pilot mobile clinics project in 4 communities in Lagos State - Makoko, Epe, Ijegun and Oworo. This was our initial pilot to understand the sustainability and impact of our community medical outreaches if held more regularly instead of our current twice a year in different locations.We had free clinics once a month in each of these locations from February to August 2019.

Our volunteers attended to 415 chidren at the Makoko Mobile clinics while we attended to 283 children in Ijegun over the same period. We attended to 344 children in Epe and 241 children in Oworo. All together, all children seen in the 6 locations as part of the Mobile clinics were 1283. These were children seen as part of the monthly mobile clincs in the four locations excluding the month of May when we had our regular Children's Day Outreach at the same location.We had 6 clinics monthly in each of the locations except for Oworo where we were did only 3 clinics due to security threats by "area boys" to our volunteers. 

During the mobile clinics, we registered the children who were accompanied by their parents. They had free medical consultation, weight and height measurement, deworming and free medications dispensed. We also gave health talks and did food demonstration to the mothers on how to improve the nutritional status of their children using local food materials as Malnuttition is one of the most common condition seen. In one community where there was high rate of teenage pregnancy, we did a talk on family planning and reproductive health.

Many of the beneficiaries shared their stories with us and testified to how wonderful the Mobile clinics have met the needs of their children. They would like Ask The Paediatricians Foundation to continue holding such clinics which they enjoyed at no cost. Most do not have government facilities close by and cost of purchase of drugs is a major limit to their ability to access health care as these communities are mostly rural and urban slums with high rate of poverty.

The photos and videos of the mobile clinics are available on our Facebook group.  We did post-intervention survey from which we understand the health needs of the community. We however realized the huge sacrifice made by our volunteers and the cost to our organization is not sustainable in the long run without partnership with donors or unlimited grants. We will be exploring such patnerships for sustainable mobile clinics.

For our next set of medical outreaches to celebrate the Nigerian Independence Day; Ask The Paediatricians will be taking our outreaches to the schools in October 2019 as a way of promoting health of school-aged children. Preparation is currently in top preparation with each of our State Chapters planning to reach out to at least one local school in their communities.

We will be reaching the children with talks on various health education topics, nutritional assessment (weight and height measurement) to identify and refer kids with malnutrition, mass deworming of all children and basic medical and dental consultation.

The project dubbed ATP goes to school which will happen nation-wide in all the states of Nigeria and the FCT, Abuja is part of our vision of promoting health for school age children and healthy schools.

We believe that healthy children and students are key to healthy nation. The children will also be agent of change by taking the health information back home to their parents as well. The children reached now will also grow up to be adults and will hopefully carry on the tradition of healthy living to their own children as well. We are hereby soliciting your support to make this possible. 

DOCTORS CONSULTING AT MAKOKO
DOCTORS CONSULTING AT MAKOKO
Nutrition Talk and Food Demonstration at IJEGUN
Nutrition Talk and Food Demonstration at IJEGUN
Nutritional Status Check at Epe
Nutritional Status Check at Epe
Oworo Mobile Clinic Centre
Oworo Mobile Clinic Centre
Food Demonstration at the Mobile Clinics
Food Demonstration at the Mobile Clinics
Free Medications from Outreach Pharmacy
Free Medications from Outreach Pharmacy
Eager participants at Makoko
Eager participants at Makoko
Large turn-out at Epe Mobile Clinics
Large turn-out at Epe Mobile Clinics
ATP Volunteers with Community members
ATP Volunteers with Community members

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Jun 10, 2019

ATP2019 Children'sDay Community Medical Outreaches

ATP Lagos-Oworo Outreach 25.05.2019
ATP Lagos-Oworo Outreach 25.05.2019

Ask The Paediatricians Foundation had a very successful 2019 Children's Day Community Medical Outreaches in May/June 2019. For the first time we had these outreaches nation-wide. We did these outreaches in 35 communities in 33 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. Most of our outreaches took place in carefully selected very indigent communities in each of the 33 States and FCT we reached out to.

We reached the highest number of children ever since our first outreach in 2016. It was also our first time of going nation-wide. We had our outreaches in almost all the states (33 out of 36) of the country. The feedback from the communities and the community leaders were quite amazing. At these outreaches which serves as our opportunity to celebrate the 2019 Children's Day; 1450 ATP volunteers reached 17096 children nation-wide.The breakdown of each state with number of volunteers and the participants reached is attached.

We usually commenced each Community outreach with an opening ceremony where ATP was introduced to the Community. This was done in the local language at times in some communities. Health talk on Child health promotion including talks on Nutrition and Dental care was undertaken by our volunteer paediatricians and dentists.Opportunities were provided for questions and answers. Following this, the Children's Day Cake was cut and the medical outreach commenced in earnest. 

Our medical outreaches entailed registration followed by nutritional status assessment of the children. Mass deworming of all the children were also undertaken. All the children then proceed to see the Paediatricians and medical doctors and then the dentists. We also had Outreach laboratory service doing rapid malaria tests and in some states HIV and Hepatitis B screen. Following medical and dental consultations, the children proceed to the Pharmacy team where they received free drugs, mostly essential drugs. Children with conditions that could not be handled on the field were given referral letters to the closest hospitals.

In addition to the core components of the Outreach; the children also had fun celebrating children's day at the same time. We gave lunch and refreshments to the participants. Clothes were also distributed in all locations by our Team Clothes and Souvenirs. All the children also shared out of the Outreach/Children's Day Cakes. One of our supportive organization, Friesland Campina maker of Peak-456 were present at 22 locations and gave out nutritious milk drinks to the children and also shared free milk satchets to children aged 4 - 6 years old. There was also dancing competitions to encourage children to move and exercise regularly with winners receiving gifts. All the children were also given Free activity books on Nutrition courtesy of Peak456.

Many of the participants shared their experience of how the outreach has made a difference and would really love ATP to be back again in their states. The Community leaders gave their royal blessings and were visibly present and very grateful to have ATP outreach in the communities. One of the outreach picture was featured in a National Dailies. The Outreach in Ogun State was attended by the First Lady of Ogun State, Her Excellency Mrs Bamidele Abiodun at Ipara Remo in Ogun State. One of the Directors along with her team from Friesland Campina also witnessed many of the Outreaches. A team of consultants from Azao-conteil who were on ground courtesy of Facebook to do the social impact analysis of Ask The Paediatricians Foundation in Lagos also witnessed the Lagos-Oworo Outreach and did focus group discussions and individual interviews with many of our beneficiaries. 

Our volunteers reported feeling quite fulfilled about the experience. All volunteers were given certificates. Most of the pictures and videos for each State have been uploaded to Albums on our Facebook Group. Since then we have experienced a surge of requests by many who will like to volunteer for our outreaches in the future. 

The outreaches cost us over 10 million naira; a quarter of which were raised here on Global Giving. The rest were raised via generous direct donations of Ask The Paediatricians Foundation members and volunteers, partly also Facebook FCLP grant. We are grateful to all our donors on and off global giving which make these outreaches possible. We are grateful to Facebook for supporting the Outreaches partially through the FCLP grant and Friesland campina for support in cash and kind as well through their generous donations of books and gifts for the children. We are grateful to all the pharmaceutical companies in Lagos and other states who donated their products as well. 

We are looking forward to impacting more children in Nigeria come October when our next set of community medical outreaches would be taken place.

First Lady, Ogun State presenting Prize to winner
First Lady, Ogun State presenting Prize to winner
Free Medical Consultations ongoing
Free Medical Consultations ongoing
Azao-Conteil Consultants at Lagos-Oworo Outreach
Azao-Conteil Consultants at Lagos-Oworo Outreach
Outreach Pharmacy with free drugs for participant
Outreach Pharmacy with free drugs for participant
Oral hygiene talk and demonstration
Oral hygiene talk and demonstration
Books and milk given by Peak456
Books and milk given by Peak456
Cross section of ATP volunteers at Edo
Cross section of ATP volunteers at Edo

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