Health

Healthcare and general living conditions in Nigeria are poor especially for children and women. Infant and under-five mortality rates are high. Over 70 per cent of people seeks care from informal health care providers and 62 per cent of those health providers practicing modern medicine have little or no formal schooling. Two third of births take place at home, mostly assisted by unsupervised, untrained birth attendants. The weakened Public Health Care (PHC) system with low coverage of key interventions have resulted in the persistence of high disease burden. With accessibility to comprehensive reproductive health services, women are less likely to die in pregnancy, more likely to have healthier children and better able to balance their family and work life but unfortunately, majority of Nigerian people, especially women, are poor and very vulnerable to illness, disability and even death due to lack of access to comprehensive health services. LAPO recognizes this fact and therefore implements a well structured health education and service provision programme with special focus on maternal and child health, malaria and other tropical diseases, and HIV/AIDS.

 

 

Integration of Health Education with Microfinance Services



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Malaria Control

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Maternal and Child Health (MCH)Read more... Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

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Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

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INTERNATIONAL DAYS

 

World Malaria Day

LAPO joins the global community to commemorate the World Malaria Day (WAD) celebrated yearly on April 25th. The organization holds community-level rallies and seminars to promote action for reducing malaria morbidity and mortality. The seminar is an avenue for discussing issues such as environmental sanitation, Intermittent Prevention Therapy (IPT) during pregnancy, use of Long-Lasting Insecticidal-treated bed Nets (LLINs), importance of diagnosis before treatment and use of Artemisine-based Combination Therapies (ACTs). The seminars are facilitated yearly by public health physicians and community health workers.

 

World AIDS Day

The World AIDS Day, a global event celebrated yearly under different themes on December 1, provides LAPO the opportunity to increase community-level awareness about the prevalence, spread and impact mitigation of HIV/AIDS. Health sensitization rallies and seminars are among the strategies adopted by LAPO to achieve the objectives of the World AIDS Day. The seminars are organized in collaboration with the governmental agencies on HIV/AIDS at local and state levels, with participants usually drawn from youth groups, nursing/pregnant women, persons living with HIV/AIDS, community leaders, the media and other stakeholders.

 

Global Hand Washing Day

LAPO joins efforts with the international community on Global Hand Washing Day in the fight against diarrhoeal diseases by organizing seminars and rallies yearly on October 15th. The organization is actively involved in the prevention and control of the ailments currently killing millions of infants and young children who are majorly from poor households across developing countries. LAPO also organizes sensitization seminars across rural and urban schools in target communities to raise the consciousness of pupils and school authorities on the need for people to wash their hands with soaps regularly especially after making use of toilet facilities and before eating.

 

World Toilet Day

The World Toilet Day is marked annually on November 19 to discourage open defeacation and promote public health. Diarrhea mostly caused by open defeacation has been identified as a major cause of deaths amongst infants and young children, especially those in resource-poor households. LAPO identifies with the global community on World Toilet Day by organizing community rallies and seminars during which participants are sensitized on the dangers of open defeacation. The day is also used to promote dialogue on the need for a culturally-acceptable and sustainable household and public toilet facilities.