Ogun, Kano, Delta, 10 other Nigerian states benefit from Global Fund against Malaria Initiative
London, Oct. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Thirteen Nigerian states including Ogun, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kwara, Niger, Taraba, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, Osun and Delta States are currently benefiting from health and peace initiative supported by the Global Fund (GF).
The organisation driving the health programme, Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN) said it has so far commenced work on the prevention, treatment and mitigation of the impact of Malaria, as well as the promotion of immunization and better nutrition in the thirteen states
The sates are also benefiting from peace building initiative of ACOMIN among the warring communities.
While presenting its report at a conference in Abuja, ACOMIN said that conflicts between communities and/or individuals had led to lower patronage of GF-supported health facilities in some of the states before ACOMIN’s interventions
.“By facilitating the resolution of some of these conflicts, this project has increased patronage of the health centres, thereby reducing the risk of medicines and health commodities going bad in the stores of the facilities.
Some of the places where this happened include: Ifelodun LGA, Kwara State – where two communities that have been in conflict for many years agreed to put aside their differences and work towards peace following the intervention of the team from ACOMIN.
The report said the team embarked upon advocacy visits to the traditional leaders of both communities when they saw that members of one community were shunning the GF supported Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) because it was located in the neighbouring community which they considered as enemies
.Similar peace-building advocacy visits were carried out in Jikuchi community, Bosso LGA Niger state, Oke-Ijemo community in Abeokuta South LGA, Ogun State and Sabon Gari community in Chikun LGA, Kaduna State.
The group which is partnering with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) under the ongoing Global Fund (GF) Malaria Grant for the implementation of the civil society component said because health centres are usually the first point of call when serious health challenges arise there was the need to ensure standards in hygiene, safety in any building being used for healthcare
“Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) are the closest health facilities to rural communities.Without PHCs, residents of rural communities may be left stranded, or be subjected to much more difficulty when they need to access quality health services. This is why ACOMIN makes effort to ensure that the PHCs are in good enough shape to serve people”