Mar 2, 2020

ATP TO REACH 100,000 CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY MEDICAL OUTREACHES IN 2020

ATP New Logo
ATP New Logo

Happy new year 2020 from all of us at Ask The Paediatricians Foundation. We warmly welcome you to your best decade ever.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to you for your generous financial support towards our outreaches and projects in 2019. With your support, we were able to reach more than 50,000 indigent Nigerian children in 2019 through various outreaches and projects. We are happy to share with all our donors the electronic copy of our 2019 ATP magazine which captured some of our accomplishments last year made possible with your financial support.

Towards the end of the year, we changed our logo to the new one which essentially captured what we do now. It shows a hand supporting a child and both comes together to form the love shape. This is what Ask The Paediatricians Foundation is all about. It is about the support and care for the child provided by the hands of our volunteers and donors in true love. The logo also captured our key focus whic remain children, health and welfare. Our website has now been upgraded and you can view photos of our various community medical outreaches in various states on our website now.We really want to thank you for making a difference in the lives of Nigerian children.

Also in December 2019, we supported the Community of SantEgidio Annual Christmas Lunch for indigent children in Lagos. Apart from the cash support, some of our volunteers were available to share the lunch and eat with the children and elder from Makoko area of Lagos which is an indigent community where we had our first Community Medical Outreach in 2016 and piloted our Free Mobile Clinic Project last year. The Organizers were quite grateful for the support.

As a community, we are currently preparing for our 2020 Outreaches. We are so excited to reach more children in all the states of Nigeria. Our aim is to touch 100,000 indigent Nigerian children with limited access to healthcare facilities and professionals in underserved communities by the end of December 2020. As usual, we will be providing the children and their families with health education, mass deworming, nutritional status assessment, healthy lunch-pack, free medical/dental consultations by our professionals and free essential drugs.

We will be having two major outreaches nationwide in the months of May and October 2020. As part of our projects for 2020, we will also be training school teachers all over Nigeria on first-aid basics, donating first-aid boxes to schools with the plan to make our schools healthy ones for our children. We are looking forward to expanding our mobile clinics project which was piloted last year. This year will mark our 5th anniversary of impacting lives of Nigerian children and we hope to celebrate! We will also be holding a leadership retreat for all our state chapters’ leaders in Lagos towards the end of the year.

As part of our preparation for the outreaches, we have created an online course for training and retraining all our volunteers. This course is for everyone who wants to be an ATP Volunteer. All our volunteers now renew their commitment to volunteer by signing up on GivingWay after which they will do the Online Orientation Course. More than 700 volunteers all over the country have completed the orientation course and are so excited to be volunteering for ATP. Some also shared their volunteerism story and journey with us as part of the course.

This year, we are seeking to raise N100million naira which is our modest estimate to reach 100,000 children during our outreaches and with the programmes we are planning. We are doing a massive campaign in March 2020 to raise funds in preparation for our outreaches and we look forward to your support again to make our dream of reaching 100,000 children living in indigent communities of Nigeria happen. We welcome support not only in cash but in kind as well. Due to our logo change, we will be making new banners for all our state chapters and our volunteers will need new branded Tshirts. We welcome donation of Tshirts, medications and other items that would make our outreaches succesful.

With a regular donation of N1000 or more per month or once-off giving of N10,000 or more (quarterly or annually), we will be able to achieve our goals for 2020. We also welcome sponsorships and partnerships or profitable links to corporate organizations who can support us. Donations can be made directly to Ask The Paediatricians Foundation Account Number 0258158136, Guaranty Trust Bank or via our GlobalGiving Project site. Links for donation are also available on our mobile app and website. We look forward to your generous support and thank you in advance.

ATP 2019 NEWS MAGAZINE
ATP 2019 NEWS MAGAZINE

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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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