Apr 14, 2015

Breaking Boundaries to save a child

A new Dawn
A new Dawn

Dear friends, family and supporters of Serendipity,

As part of our ongoing coverage to supply Insecticide Treated Nets to more wards in the community, we came across a case of a young boy who has been battling with fever for over two weeks before our arrival into the community; the strange thing about this whole scenario was that his parents believed he was possessed by evil spirits and hence refused to seek medication; upon our investigation with our outreach medical personnel, we found out that Ibrahim (not real name) had a temperature over 40 degrees and thus started convulsing hence his parents thinking he was possessed. Our timely intervention saved Ibrahim's life as it took a lot of convincing and assurance by our medical personnel and the local religious cleric to his father that he had high fever and thus needed medical attention at the primary healthcare centre.

And Ibrahim has this to say and I quote "I am happy that you good people came at the time you did to save my life and I thank you for that". 

We are glad that we strive to help save children from malaria in Madobi, Kano, Nigeria through advocacy, health awareness programmes and issuance of Insecticide Treated Nets to reduce its spread. This is not an easy issue for us as it still stands. We are still very short of funding to get the nets in whole sale and currently relying on retail prices which is not economical due to the low budget we have.

A net is now costing a little over $25 over the counter and with the current election atmosphere it is becoming difficult to obtain.

Nonetheless, we were able to distribute nets to young brides and boys in the community as most of them have been the highest cases of malaria incidence from the report we got from the healthcare centre but with this issuance we hope to see a reduction in outpatient cases of malaria.

We are still appealing for your continous support to help us in fighting malaria not only in Kano, Nigeria but the whole of Africa.

You can follow us on twitter @serendipityHea1, like our facebookpage/serenhealthcare or connect with us at LinkedIn/samirahfaruk.

Best,

Fatima Lawani,

Head, Fundraising

A new beginning for young brides
A new beginning for young brides
Insecticide Treated Nets
Insecticide Treated Nets

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Feb 9, 2015

The power of Gadan Women to stop poverty

Lead changemaker amongst Gadan women
Lead changemaker amongst Gadan women

Dear supporters, friends and family of Serendipity,

Like we said in our previous report on how Taiba's life has changed so also we would talk about what the women of Gadan are doing to change their lives and stop poverty. We have excerpts of stories of what four women are doing to change their lives and the lives of other women in the community.

Hafsat is a mother of five children who with Maimuna, Ayeshetu and Hauwa took it upon themselves to form an association where all four of them are training women on water filtration using moringa seeds since being trained, collecting 100naira contribution from community members to purchase wash materials to give to widows, orphans and vulnerable children in their community. Because of transparency and accountability, they called upon us to help them in the distribution of the wash materials in order to show fairness at the local health centre. Hafsat coordinates the activities of the association they have formed while Maimuna and Ayeshetu run the trainings and Hauwa keeps the finances. 

Hauwau on her own part is learning how to write so she can put down the names of the contributors; a task she says and quotes in Hausa Language translated; "Today, see me keeping monies from people and learning how to write, I never would have dreamed of doing this and I thank Almighty Allah for making this possible".

As a follow up to this laudable feat that these women have done; we took a survey of how the women have responded so far to all the trainings conducted if there was a positive behaiviour change to which we are pleased to say that though the change is gradual but there is a very good improvement to their hygiene practices. 

However, we will continue with our line of trainings as well as provision of water kegs, water purifers and we request you to bring us up in your conversations, tell your family and friends about us, help us in anyway you can to improve our work and make our organisation grow.

Please free free to connect with us at LinkedIn/serendipityhealthcare; like our facebook page facebook/serenhealthcare, follow us @serendipityHea1

Warm Regards,

 

Samirah Faruk

Project Leader

Team of making change in their community
Team of making change in their community
Items bought for widows, OVCs by team changemakers
Items bought for widows, OVCs by team changemakers

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Jan 13, 2015

New Wards to be Covered

One of our outreach doctor explaining malaria
One of our outreach doctor explaining malaria

Dear Friends, Family and supporters of Serendipity,

I am happy to inform you that we have covered two wards (Yako, madobi) which are part of Madobi Local government area as part of our intervention efforts to reduce the incidence of malaria cases in madobi local government area. Currently we are at mallam mamman with a total population of less that 500 where 15 women have babies between the ages of 3 months and 10 months who are not sleeping with Insecticide Treated Nets have been identified and 7 pregnant women also have been identified not sleeping under Insecticide Treated Nets but during the coming weeks they will be supplied with these nets.

These mothers said they do not sleep with these nets because some of them say it brings heat, some find it suffocating and even after air drying the nets they complained of chemical smell. They said they prefer to use cloths to seal the doors and windows and even sleeping with mosquito coils which we told them was hazardous to their health. We had to do an extensive educative training on the advantages of sleeping with these nets and thus have been convinced to use them when we supply within the next couple of weeks. 

We are striving hard to save children from malaria in madobi local government area. This has not been easy recently getting these nets wholesale and thus have to rely on retail price which has eaten deep into our budget as most of these nets are bought on retail price which goes for $15 dollars and sometimes as high as $25.

We are thus appealing to new donors to help with substantial amount so that we can reach out to many mothers so that we can save the lives of more children in Mallam Mamman ward and other wards in the local council.

Help us reach the mark of 700 children which is our new goal to end malaria cases in Madobi local government area of Kano.

You can follow us on Facebook/serenhealthcare, LinkedIn/Serendipity Healthcare Foundation

Best,

 

Fatima Lawani

Head, Fundraising

Women waiting to collect nets
Women waiting to collect nets

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