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.
The work on our Resource continues to move very slowly due in part the result of the COVID -19 pandemic. Our goal establishing a functional laboratory for disease management and proper diagnosis continues to be a thing of great need and great importance for this program. The Resource Center continues to serve as the venue for the maintenance program and food drive. Due to the increase in the level of poverty and starvation, ACHI included a food distribution exercise with the maintenance program last year to help alleviate hunger and starvation among the population we serve and other villagers around the center. We have bee able distribute staple foods like uncooked Rice, Black-eyed peas, and Brown beans. There is a great need for this additional program in the communities. The poor in the villages are suffering more than the rest of the populations, because most of them are dependent on the ones living in the Towns for source food and health maintenance. Since the hardship is nationwide, the ones living in the Towns are barely making ends meet, and as such don't extra to give the relatives in the villages. We continue to seek support from friends, families and supporters in continuing this work of mercy. We cannot thank everyone enough for your continued support and generosity over the years. We are who we are and doing the work we do before of you. Thanks again
ACHI has put on hold this year’s annual Medical Outreach at the Resource center due to unrest and increased insecurity in Nigeria that has spread to the Eastern Region. We were advised by the volunteers on ground to considering postponing the program this while we watch the situation closely. This has also affected the decision on starting the construction of the medical laboratory at the site. The laboratory project was put on hold last due to the pandemic. We continue to carry out the monthly maintenance program at the site with caution. We are hoping that the condition will get better for us continue with the project and provided the needed services to the community. We appreciate your continued dedication in assisting us to serve the less privileged and under served in this part of the world. Help is still needed to fully equip the lab for its needed functions.
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. Our goal of having a lab at this center is still in our mind while we continue to look to more donation to assist us in achieving this goal
Our goal of having a functional laboratory is still in progress. Due to the pandemic we are unable to travel to Nigeria this year for the Medical outreach during which we also do some work around the Resource center where the lab is being stationed. The maintenance program for the Amakaohia community is being conducted at this center every month and continues to be in use for this project while we wait for more funding and resources to bring it up to the needed standard to be able to serve the community better. We are still raising money to buy the lab equipment for the center, and we continue to value your commitment towards making this an achievable goal.
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