Action Newsletter April 2020 Edition
LAPO Improves Maternal, Child Health Status Of 21,922 Rural Community Members
Maternal and child mortality remains unacceptably high in Nigeria, ranking among the highest in the world. Nearly 20% of all global maternal deaths occur in Nigeria. The rate of reducing these deaths has been slow as many of the contributory factors remain unaddressed.
As a development organisation, health intervention has always been one of the poverty alleviation strategies of Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO).
Between January and March 2020, the organization improved the maternal and child health status of 21,922 community members including pupils. A key focus was on family planning, antenatal care, child nutrition, counseling and sensitization.
Acting Executive Director, LAPO, Dr Ayobami Honestus Obadiora who restated the organisation’s commitment to community health improvement said good health is crucial and central to poverty reduction efforts.
He said the organization encourages early detection and managemement of health conditions, stressing that routine screening and health awareness by the organization has contributed significantly to the wellbeing of community members with a reduction in drug abuse.
Dr Obadiora identified inadequate financing, essential medicines supply gaps, myriads of service delivery challenges, inadequate number of skilled healthcare workers as major challenges bedeviling quality healthcare service delivery in Nigeria and threatening the attainment of health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
LAPO Intensifies War Against Cancer, Refers 4,373 Community Members For Treatment
LAPO addresses increasing cases of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, a disease that has claimed the lives of many in Nigeria.
In 2016, the organisation initiated the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) with the main objective of addressing increasing cancer morbidity and mortality in Nigeria. The intervention includes awareness creation in target communities, provision of basic screening services and linking beneficiaries to cancer screening and treatment facilities.
Between January and March 2020, the organisation reached 108,794 community members with direct cancer intervention and information dissemination across the country in partnership with 12 Community-Based Organizations in Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abuja and Rivers State.
A total of 143 persons were referred for screening while 4,373 persons with health conditions were referred for treatment in government-approved health facilities.
Acting Executive Director, LAPO, Dr Ayobami Honestus Obadiora traced the main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness noting that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable while 40% of the disease can be eradicated by lifestyle changes.
He enjoined women to ascertain their health status regularly as breast and cervical cancer pose serious threat to their lives, adding that the organization has over the years been involved in community health improvement and supporting health facility upgrading in rural communities.
Japanese Envoy, Yutata Commissions Ekperi Rice Mill Project
The Ekperi Rice Mill Project built by the People of Japan in partnership with Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has been commissioned amidst jubilation by the locals who trouped out in their numbers to express their satisfaction with the project.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Yutata Kikuta who commissioned the project congratulated the community members and particularly poured encomiums on LAPO for the overwhelming support and logistics.
LAPO Founder, Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe stated that the Rice Mill has the capacity to mill three tons of paddy rice per day thus ensuring the accessibility of improved quality rice output to the rural dwellers.
Represented by the Acting Executive Director, Dr Ayobami Honestus Obadiora, he expressed optimism that the rice mill project will bring succour to the community members who hitherto travelled long distances to mill rice in neighbouring towns.
Dr. Ehigiamusoe said as a pro-poor development organisation, LAPO was primarily designed to support low-income but economically active persons particularly women to break out of poverty, adding that the organisation has been playing a major role in addressing the challenges of malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health issues particularly in rural communities across the country.
Edo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Richard Uyi Edebiri, who represented the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki at the event, lauded the project as a great contribution to the agricultural revolution in Edo State.
On his part, the Egiegbai II of Ekperi Kingdom, Alhaji D.Y.E. Kanoba expressed gratitude to LAPO and the Japanese Ambassador for making the rice mill a reality and encouraged the farmers to maximise the opportunity.
Healthcare Gaps Deepens Poverty In Nigeria – LAPO
Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has attributed current gaps in the healthcare delivery system to rising poverty in Nigeria.
LAPO Acting Executive Director, Dr Ayobami Honestus Obadiora expressed this concern at the flagging off of the 2020 LAPO Community Health Outreach at Iyekogba Community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
Dr Obadiora who noted that the community health outreach was geared at improving the lives of the community members expressed concern that access to quality health services, especially maternal and child health was poor in rural communities due to poorly equipped medical facilities and inadequate health professionals.
He said LAPO has played a major role in addressing the challenge of malaria, maternal and child health in Nigeria and has over the years deployed innovative prevention, management and support approach in the fight against poor health particularly in rural communities across the country.
Dr Obadiora said the Iyekogba Community Health Outreach with a target of 3,000 persons was the 16th in the series, adding that since the inception of outreach in 2015, a total of 14,413 persons had benefitted.
He, however, appealed to well-meaning individuals and corporate organizations to support LAPO in the implementation of the Community Health Outreaches in vulnerable communities across the country in order to create a healthy and better world for the people.
In his remarks, Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia commended LAPO for bringing healthcare services to the doorstep of the community members.
Represented by Dr Diko David of the State Ministry of Health, Dr Okundia called for the sustenance of the programme and urged well-meaning organizations and individuals to emulate the organisation.
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