Integration of Health Education and Microfinance Services (since 2006 to date)
In order to boost the impact of microcredit on poverty, LAPO has been providing social and health services to LAPO microfinance clients during their credit group meetings. Under the programme, clients were sensitized on social issues including gender rights and participation in decision making processes. They are also sensitized on malaria (in children and pregnancy), modern family planning methods, pregnancy care, cervical cancer, hepatitis-B, child immunization, diarrhea in children prevention, HIV/AIDS and the dangers of self-medication, etc. Comprehensive health screening and referral services are provided to reduce self-medication, promote preventive health care and utilization of quality health care services. Beneficiaries are screened for malaria, blood sugar, blood pressure and HIV while breast and cervical cancer screening programmes are organized quarterly in collaboration with Edo State Cancer Control Programme for LAPO clients and interested members of their communities.