Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria

by African Community Health Initiative
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria
Health Screening for 12 villages in Rural Nigeria

The just concluded maintenance program in the three communities; Amakohia, Avutu and Umugolo all in Imo state Nigeria went very well. We were able to pack 450 bags of food containing the following items: 18 cups of Brown Beans, 18 cups of Black eye peas, 18 cups of Rice, a packet of Maggie cubes, Onions and Tomatoes. Every individual was also given six months supply of their medications, to last them until the next anticipated Outreach in the month of November. The living conditions in the country continue to worsen. The security situation in the country is getting worse every day and no known solution is in sight,   

One of our goal on this concluded trip, was to assess the situation on ground and to start recruiting for mission 2022. We discovered that most of the volunteers have left the country in search of better lives for their families. Also some of them relocated to different states in search of jobs. ACHI will be conducting a seven days outreach in the three communities for case finding and health education. We are expecting a great number of people this year because of the debilitated condition of some of the health clinics in Nigeria and the poverty level that has been on the rise. We continue to thank our donors who have followed us, believed in our missions and the work we do in bringing hope and help to the hopeless and helpless. Your financial assistance and prayers have always been our strength in reaching these people. Your help is needed now, more than ever. The state of hunger and hopelessness is also on the rise,

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The pandemic has really affected the way we do things at ACHI. We have gone two years without being able to carry out the Outreach program in the areas that we serve in the rural areas in Imo State Nigeria. Our goal of bringing health care to the less privileged in the areas where is no or limited access to health due to financial difficulty and availability of any functioning healthcare institutions in these areas, continues to be our main goal and focus.

During this period of uncertainty in the country due to the unrest, increased insecurity and poverty level, we have come to realize the need for food availability and not just medications for those on the maintenance program. We were able to package and distributed 450 bags of food to families during our November/December maintenance program. Each food bag was made up of 18 cups of raw rice, 18 cups of Brown beans, 18 cups of Black eye peas, onions, Tomatoes and Maggi seasoning. 

We also gave the participants on the maintenance program 5months supply of their medications to make sure they have their medications incase the Covid hits them hard. We are getting ready to embark on another trip by end of April to do another food distribution and medication management. Making food available gave them hope and make their medication compliance easier.    

There are a lot of needs out there and many people looking for any form of assistance in life. We can only do much and hope and pray to do more and reach more people but we cannot due to financial constrain. We cannot thank our friends, Friends of Nigeria, St Mary's women Guild of Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury and members of the congregation, Fr Gerald Onuoha Foundation and Paschal Nwokocha and his family. We will do more and reach more people with more financial support. 

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   African Community Health Initiative have been very grateful for the continued support of organization and our mission.  We continue to strive to fulfill our mission of serving the health of the community starting with caring for the body.  Alongside the medical maintenance program is a food drive for participants where raw foodstuffs are supplied to those in need.  As you know the COVID crisis has affected all countries with no exception to Nigeria.  Nigeria is already dealing with enormous social and economic impacts exacerbating existing inequalities and creating new inequalities, which are hitting the most vulnerable people the hardest.  It has affected the livelihood of many Nigerians in the villages ACHI reaches out to.  ACHI trusts and has hope that ACHI will continue our medical maintenance program with food drive to cushion the potentially devastating impact it may have on our participants in the program, which in turn may affect their health in which we have been so faithfully serving them.   

            Again, we give thanks to all that have believed in our work, and has continuously supported us all these years. More financial help is needed to sustain this added and needed program of providing food for the hungry and the needy.  

 

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The world has been faced with a lot of uncertainties since 2020. The pandemic has affected the way things are done in every part of the world and there is no normal way of doing things and good timing anymore. The Medical Outreach was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic which impacted the procurement of medications and medical supplies needed for the program. ACHI continued the maintenance program for the management of Diabetes and Hypertension in the three communities that are centrally located and serve other communities. The needed for the maintenance during the pandemic could not be over emphasized because of increased poverty and limited medical supplies and medications.

The story this year is different. The program is being postponed as a result of the unrest, increased insecurity in every part of the nation. Also the delay in getting the needed supplies to the country by shipping is also being delayed because of the pandemic and the unrest in the nation. The suffering is on the rise, there is hunger and frustration among the citizens leading to a lot of uncertainty and insecurity. We are currently making medications available for the maintenance by purchasing medications locally at a very high price, to make sure the program continues, because it is highly needed by the population we serve. 

The need for funding has really increased because of the situation on ground as a result of the insecurity and prices of medications and food. We are planning a food drive again soon to assist the people in need, but need funding to assist us with this. Thanks for your partnership over the years, and looking forward for more assistance towards this desperate situation in Nigeria.      

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Our mission of bringing health care to the people in need continues to be our focus even during this pandemic. The world is fighting a war that is affecting all humankind with the black population being affect the most. The third world counties are the most hit, due to lack of health care facilities or system in place to help in wedging this war against the pandemic. There are no testing supplies or centers, hunger and lack of support from the government in form of aid during this period.   

ACHI has continued to provide medications to the individuals in the program that are receiving monthly medications for their chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension. We have made food available to people and would like to do more if we have the financial support needed. We have the staff and a plan in place to achieve this goal but do not have the needed financial support to procure the food items. We also reinforce the need for social distancing, and masking and hand hygiene during the monthly maintenance program. We are hoping for a better year to be able to conduct our annual medical outreach in November 2021. Every dollar raised goes towards medications and medical supplies. We continue to thank our donors and wish more people would join this movement of helping the needy among us.   

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African Community Health Initiative

Location: Woodbury, MN - USA
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Project Leader:
QUEEN OBASI
weboffice@africancommunityhealthinitiative.org
Woodbury, MN United States
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