Serendipity Healthcare Foundation

Our mission is to improve on healthcare delivery services from the grassroots level by increased awareness of basic hygienic systems. Collaboration, Cooperation and partnership for effective development of Healthcare Delivery Systems. Our goal is to see a Nigerian and ultimately African society where people have access to better healthcare systems in order to live a longer, healthier fulfilled life hence increasing life expectancy rate and thus yielding high dividends on development.
Nov 25, 2016

Lessons Learned

The women of Kaura Mata Ward, Madobi
The women of Kaura Mata Ward, Madobi

Dear Supporters, Family and Friends of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

We have been working on malaria interventions in five communities of Madobi local governing council in Kano, Nigeria since 2014. In the over two years of community-based education initiatives on home management of malaria, and with extensive community feedback, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to fail and learn from our mistakes and also success stories.

Our community health outreach staff works year-round with over 50 women and 20 children from five communities in Madobi providing trainings on home management of Malaria, prevention strategies and control measures, with the goal of providing a comprehensive and holistic approach on reducing the scourge of the malaria vector. By training these women and children to recognize the early onset of malaria symptoms as well as seek for medical aid, we seek to not only increase access to the use of Insecticide Treated Nets, but also to ensure there is a behavior change to their lifestyle.

The women and children of Madobi prior to our interventions had a phobia for sleeping under Insecticide Treated Nets as 30% of the 50 women we interviewed claimed that the nets had a distinct smell of chemical and thus had a choking effect whilst 45% of the women claimed to break out in a rash when their skin touched the nets and the remaining 25% use the nets with no problems; Serendipity sought to address these phobia through trainings on the proper use of the nets and now two years down the line we conducted a survey of 70 women from the five communities we are working in the past two months and 75% of the women sleep under the ITNs with no issues while the remaining 25% are still using the old method of sleeping with pesticides; with this in mind our community outreach staff with the community leaders put their heads together to design an action plan for the containment of malaria in the community of those 25% women and active door to door vigilance for susceptibility of malaria for the next three months.

Today we are happy to share with you that we are achieving more than 50% in the reduction of malaria cases in Madobi and the usage of ITNS by over 70%. We distributed 90 ITNs and gave out first line antimalarial drugs to preganant women in their first trimester; Thus we say thank you to everyone that have reposed trust in our organization to be the liaison between the women and children of Madobi and you in providing help to the needy.

Thank you,

Fatima Lawani

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Oct 24, 2016

Growing in health each day

Women of Gadan
Women of Gadan

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

Serendipity was founded seven years ago on the premise of providing safe clean water and sanitation facilities, other basic healthcare services to rural communities in Northern Nigeria; looking back in retrospect our dream became a reality and thus have created impact each day as it comes. We are involved in projects that help the vulnerable,rural poor women and children in Kano, Nigeria. The children walk miles to source for water usually at a cost to their health and education. The villages they live in have limited resources in terms of water, good sanitation facilities, primary healthcare facilities and schools and thus the idea of helping them was born.

Our organisation works by leveraging on our team individual talents, resources and knowledge gathered over the years to help these communities have a new lease on life; however this was one of our biggest mistakes as in our rush to provide the infrastructure we did not think about the cross cutting issues. We provided hand pumps, tube wells and sanitation bins but the children were still not attending school then we collaborated with the local governing councils and other non profit organisations and schools were built yet the school attendance was low then we conducted a survey and found out that the community lacked basic hygiene knowledge on how to properly wash their hands and at what time or frequency thus leading to water related diseases. Events were unfolding one after the other but we learnt that in terms of giving and providing support, a one time solution does not solve the problem. In 2015 and 2016 we agreed as a team to emphasise on good hygiene trainings, identification and training of village hygiene promoters to align with Serendipity's goal of providing safe clean water and healthy children and in the coming year will continue on this trend.

We learnt as a team to observe more, listen more and understand each situation in a different metric in other to meet the communities needs. Most important of all that we learnt is not to ASSUME in any issue that comes up and thus our new theme in our organisation is "As U and Me", listen, evaluate and act.

We started off with providing clean water sources to one community and today have grown to providing fifty five hand pumps and tube wells to 10 communites in five local councils impacting over 305300 people directly and indirectly. We understand that this could only be possible because of a lot of people like you that are willing to give and make a change in the world. And today we are glad to say that in all the communites we work in, the children now go to school, have a better understanding of how to wash their hands properly, 29% of the women surveyed in the communities have stationed wash points in locations close to the toilets and in the middle of their houses to ensure remembrance of washing hands always.

Thank you for having the trust and faith in our organisation to act as a liason between these communities and your good selves in creating and making a change.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Samirah Faruk 

Wash materials
Wash materials
Happy Mother
Happy Mother

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Aug 26, 2016

Empowering Wards Against Malaria

Malaria Test before ITNs Distribution
Malaria Test before ITNs Distribution

Dear Friends, Supporters and Family of Serendipity Healthcare Foundation,

Every day a person dies of a malaria related ailment and every second a child dies of malaria in Africa and in Kano Nigeria. Kano, Nigeria has been grappling with malaria related cases since1960 and in Madobi the situation prior to Serendipity intervention was in dire straits with the percentage number of deaths of children at 7>10 cases but now we are pleased to state that with the report from the primary healthcare centre it has reduced significantly to 2 per 10 cases.

With our recent campaign on enlightening the women in Madobi on the need to sleep under Inseciticide Treated Nets and the campaign for pregnant women to attend ante natal clases to be given ACT drugs; it has paid off as there is a ripple effect of our on going campaign of malaria prevention through the local media.

During the period we covered three additional wards where through your kind donation, we distributed 60 Insecticide Treated Nets to women and children in the communities.

We are yet to gain audience with the state government on the research for new solutions to malaria prevention especially in the area of Zika like we reported in our last report; however, we continously appreciate your support towards our project and we would like any feedback or advice you can give to us in regards to the project.

You can follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1 or facebook/serenhealthcare or LinkedIn/samirah faruk or via email serenhealthcare@gmail.com

Yours Faithfully,

 

Fatima Lawani

A new Mother
A new Mother
Rukayyah with her net
Rukayyah with her net

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