This year’s maintenance program is facing some challenges due financial difficulties. We have been averaging total of 150 people per village during each visit. The reports coming from the three villages shows improvement in the glycemic levels for the diabetics and lowered blood pressure levels for the hypertensives. They are also reporting lots of people coming around for help that were not originally in the follow up program because they were not around during the outreach program in November. Due to the financial difficulties, we are having problems in keeping up with the medication supplies and the test strips for the blood glucose. Also transportation cost is higher and takes up some of the money. The program is yielding good result by reducing the number of deaths in these villages as a result on diabetes and hypertension, improving the life of individuals with these conditions, preventing and decreasing the rate of developing complications. This program will not be possible without support, and we continue to need support to be able to sustain this program. We hope to be able to provide sustained services to these individuals who are totally dependent on the program for their wellbeing. The restroom is still under construction, we are at the roofing stage. Our budget for the restroom fell short because of the economic state of Nigeria and the prices of building materials that has doubled . We are still in need of financial support to assist us in completing this project.
The year 2015 is almost over and we at ACHI was able to withstand the economic crisis because of people like you. The Resource Center is still being renovated to bring it to the point that it will be used for continuous education and reinforcement on selfcare in chronic disease management. To store needed supplies for easy accessibility and progress monitoring of individuals with chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. The annual health outreach is drawing more traffic to the site and we have seen the need for a toilet facility at this place to help maintain hygiene and sanitation around the site. We received money from one of our donors-FON, to start the project. Work is currently going on at the site to build about six stalls for both male and female. We are very happy with this generosity from this group that has always supported us over the years, and for believing in us and the work we do to help the helpless amongst us. We still need help to complete this project. We are going to need a borehole as a source of water supply at the Resource Center to keep the environment clean including the restrooms being built. We are hoping for more help to make this dream a reality
The Resource Center at Amakohia village in Ihitte Uboma local government is getting another addition to it. The center is used for maintenance program for individuals around the village who are coming to have their blood sugars checked and subsequently collect their medications, dressing supplies as needed. We saw the need for a restroom to be added. We have no toilet facility for people in attendance and staff. We applied for a grant to help construct the center, and was able to get help from Friends of Nigeria to build a restroom at the center. Our goal is to construct three restrooms for both staff and the villagers in attendance. For us to continue to teach about health and hygiene, we need water and toilet facility. We still need help to sink a borehole for water supply at the center.
The long awaited medical outreach for 2015 is going to take place by end of October . I have had financial challenges and personal problems that delayed the execution of this year's outreach the usual time which is usually during the summer. The three villages that will be covered this year are Avutu village in Obowo local government area where we will spend two days screening adults for diabetes and hypertension and treating other diseas conditions, and doing vision screening. We also provide readers for the individuals that are identified and refer those with major problems to the federal hospital at Owerri the state capital of Imo state. We will also screen children, educate them on oral hygiene and give them worm medications with parental consent. The other the villages are Amakohia in Ihitte Uboma local government area and Umugolo in Ehime Mbano local government area, both in IMO state Nigeria.
We have been getting calls from concerned villages to inquire on why we have been to the villages for the outreach and the impact the program is making on the life of the rural villagers who have no access to any health. These calls has really validated the effectiveness of the program and its importance to the community we serve. This is a program that needs to be supported and funded. We could cover more areas and serve more people with more support and funding.
Our next scheduled and needed work at the resource is to build a Restroom that will serve the staff and the attendees to our outreach program at this site. Due to the increase in the number of people that are receiving services at the center, there is a great need to have a toilet facility within the premises. We continue to need your support in making this center a permanent place that will service the need of these individuals in need of health from our organization. The resource center is currently housing most of our medical supplies , and this makes it easy for our beneficiaries to have easy access to medical supplies needed to manage their conditions. When completed, the Center is going to serve different purpose including health education classes to reinforce learning. Thanks for all your supports to this organization. We are going to Nigeria in October to conduct out annual outreach program.
ACHI'S annual maintenance program has help to reduce the number of death in the rural areas of Nigeria resulting from Diabetes and Hypertension. Individuals identified during annual outreaches with diabetes and hypertension are being followed year round making medications and monitoring available to them at no cost. People are living longer with these chronic diseases because of the cares they are receiving. We are currently collecting medications to be sent to Nigeria for the diabetics and the hypertensive before our next medical mission which will be in October. We measure the outcome of the program from the number of the individuals who are still living with chronic diseases, reduction in number of individual with complications and increase in the number of people being followed after each program which has doubled. The increase has also brought some financial difficulties to the organization, we need more help to be able to sustain these people.
The reource center is where the maintenance program takes place at Amakohia village and houses most of our testing supplies and dressing supplies. We still help to bring it to a standard for us to be able to run a clinic and reach more individuals daily.
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