Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)

PSJ's mission is to promote community health, as well as support underserved rural communities to realize their highest attainable standard of health. This mission is borne out of our strong conviction that physicians have a crucial role to play toward the realization of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), especially in regard to those goals related to health.
Jan 13, 2017

Harmattan Season Outreach Report

During this Q4 harmattan season, our malaria prevention and treatment outreach activities continued in six rural villages in rural Mashegu including Babanrami, Mulo, Sabon-rijia, Sahon-rami, Kaboji and Kawomulo. Our teams of IPC facilitators deployed to these villages continued their house-to-house visits to educate and sensitize community household members on malaria prevention practices (environmental sanitation), and encourage every caregiver and community member to seek appropriate malaria diagnosis especially for their children and pregnant women, as well as providing treatment for sick children down with malaria.

Because of your donations, between November and December 2016, we were able to reach 1911 households and 5315 caregivers with lifesaving messages including how infected mosquitoes cause of malaria, danger symptoms of the disease in children U5, need for early diagnosis, where they can access malaria treatment, as well as malaria prevention strategies including the use Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINS) and environmental hygiene.

Because of your support we procured and distributed 423 LLINS free-of-charge to households with vulnerable children under-five. Because of your generous donations, we acquired the tools and medicines that our team of clinicians administered on 7month old Rukkaya that saved her life. She had battled malaria for three days; her parents were losing hope of her recovering, before our team arrived their Sabon-rijia village. On presentation, she tested positive for malaria (using Rapid Diagnostic Test, RDT), and was immediately commenced on parenteral anti-malaria therapy. Three days later, she made full recovery. Children like Rukkaya owe their future to your generosity, for making it possible for them to live beyond their fifth birthday. The team also treated 207 other children U5 who presented with symptoms of malaria (after RDT confirmation) with free Artesunate Combination Therapy (ACT) in line with WHO recommended treatment guideline for malaria treatment.

Like Rukkaya’s parents, we at Physicians for Social Justice, are also grateful for all your support, and for making it possible for us to reach these vulnerable children. END.

Oct 3, 2016

Creating Demand for Malaria Services in Saho-rami

IPC Facilitator educating Caregivers about malaria
IPC Facilitator educating Caregivers about malaria

During this reporting period the Preventing Childhood Malaria team implemented a month-long malaria prevention and treatment outreach activities in Sahon-rami and Kaboji villages in rural Mashegu.  Among other strategies, the outreach interventions focused on house-to-house mobilization of caregivers, households and communities members to build and sustain community support for appropriate malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment behaviours, including mobilizing communities to prioritize the health and wellbeing of their children, and to set malaria-free health goals. In this regard, PSJ’s team of trained IPC community-based facilitators conducted series of Inter-Personal Communication (IPC) sessions to create demand for available malaria services, educating community members about malaria prevention and promoting health-seeking behaviour among care givers, which is key to tackling the scourge of malaria deaths in our environment where at least 30% of all hospitalizations among children-5 is due to malaria.

In this regard, PSJ deployed six teams of trained Interpersonal communication facilitators to the two villages to encourage every caregiver and community member to seek appropriate malaria diagnosis and treatment for their children. This becomes even more pertinent considering the fact that Nigeria loses about 2,300 children under-five every day, and at least 25 percent of these deaths are due to malaria.

At the end of the month-long campaign, over five hundred households was visited, and one thousand three hundred and seventy three caregivers were reached with key messages including cause of malaria, symptoms, adverse economic impact of malaria, and effective malaria treatment, need for early diagnosis, as well as malaria prevention strategies including the use Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINS) and environmental hygiene.  

Also, two hundred and nine LLINS were given free to households with children under-five, thanks to the donations we received from donors like you. Also one hundred and nine sick community members mostly children who presented with symptoms of malaria had Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for malaria diagnosis and the sixty two children who tested positive to malaria received free Artesunate Combination Therapy (ACT), which is the WHO recommended treatment for malaria in Nigeria. A case in point is that of a sick two-year old boy named Tahir, who presented with high fever, tested malaria positive and instantly received full doses of ACT in addition to LLIN to prevent future illness due to malaria. Without this malaria outreach intervention, Tahir’s parents could not have been able to afford the $2 worth of ACT and $5 worth of LLIN that Tahir received. Every day, parents like Tahir’s who live on less than $1 a day are full of gratitude to you our donors for restoring the health, wellbeing and dignity of their children through your contributions, that is making the 'right to health' a reality, in the life of poor rural villagers in rural Mashegu. Like Tahir, we at Physicians for Social Justice, also say thank you for all your support, and for donating over and over again to our project; Preventing Childhood malaria Deaths in rural Mashegu. END.

Jun 28, 2016

PSJ's Malaria team berths at Bukkagoma village

Malaria outreach at Bukkagoma village Kontagora
Malaria outreach at Bukkagoma village Kontagora

During this second quarter of 2016, among the communities reached by our malaria prevention outreach program team was Bukkagoma, a rural community in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State.

On arrival, the outreach team sensitized the community members on behavior change and environment sanitation to prevent malaria especially as we enter the peak rainy season when malaria transmission is highest in this region. Our mobile clinic team used the local Hausa language to educate community members how malaria is transmitted, early clinical signs and symptoms, the role of mosquitoes, the need for early diagnosis and treatment especially for children and how it can be controlled through environmental hygiene and sanitation.

During the integrated malaria outreach which also included vitamin A supplementation for children under-five, as well as voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing (HTC) for community members, a total of 115 (52 males and 63 females) villagers who presented with malaria symptoms (52 males and 63 females) were tested using the RDT rapid diagnostic kits and treated with Artesunate Combination Therapy (ACT). Also 100 community members (47 males and 53 females), voluntarily came forward for HIV testing and three females tested positive and have since been referred to the nearest ART hospital for further evaluation and treatment. 120 nursing mothers and pregnant women received long-lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) during the outreach.

 The outreach was highly impactful as six children who were seriously ill of sever malaria at the time of the outreach received life-saving malaria treatment. This intervention could not have been possible without the support of our donors. That is why we shout a big thank you to all our individual and corporate donors who support the work we do, most of whom have donated over and over again to this project. On behalf of the communities we serve, we thank you for your generosity and contributions to this project. We know that you have donated over and over to this project. We are very grateful. The children and their families that your donations saved their lives are indeed grateful. We are aslo grateful to the local Anglican Church Group that we collaborated with to support this particular outreach.

 
   

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