Action Newsletter August 2021 Edition

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GEJ, Adeleye, Others To Speak At LAPO Dev Forum

The Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, is set to host the 28th edition of the Annual LAPO Development Forum on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

The event with the theme ‘Promoting Community-Based Cancer Control Programme in Nigeria: The LAPO-C4 Initiative’ will be hosted at the Yar’Adua International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Confirmed to speak at the event are His Excellency, Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR; former Edo State Deputy Governor and Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe while Prof Omokhoa Adeleye, a Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Benin will deliver the keynote lecture.

Other eminent personalities expected to grace the occasion include the Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire, Ondo State First Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, government functionaries, policymakers, political and religious leaders, the academia, Civil Society Organizations, Professional institutions, Development Partners and health practitioners.

LAPO Executive Director, Dr Honestus Ayo Obadiora said the forum would “address the challenges inhibiting Community-Based Cancer Control Programme in Nigeria with workable initiatives to ensure access to quality cancer prevention and treatment services in rural communities as well as harness national strategies and policies for effective cancer control in Nigeria.”

Initiated in 1994, the Annual LAPO Development Forum, which has become a faculty of development in its own right has over the years stimulated discourse on the development agenda in Nigeria and Africa with very realistic solutions canvassed by guest lecturers and conferees.

The discourse has played host to distinguished personalities and top government functionaries in the past including Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Former CBN Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo and Hon. Justice Samson Uwaifo JSC (Rtd).

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit development organisation that is committed to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. Over the years, the organization has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the provision of an array of responsive social and economic empowerment services to disadvantaged groups delivered on a sustainable basis. Prospective forum participants are expected to click for free registration.

LAPO Relaunches Integration Project With MfB

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has relaunched its integration project with the LAPO MfB, which ensures that clients of the bank equally access health services.

The project is structured to improve the health status of beneficiaries by reducing hospital attendance and the cost or burden of ill health due to preventable diseases and related conditions.

Speaking, the Consultant, LAPO Health Project, Professor Omokhoa Adeleye said the project will entail the organization carrying out health sensitization and screening of clients as well as build referral linkages with health institutions and other social support facilities.

The health intervention would include sensitisation on malaria, modern family planning methods, pregnancy care, cervical cancer, hepatitis-B, child immunization, diarrhoea in children, HIV/AIDS, and the dangers of self-medication.

The project is being implemented across the country including the FCT, with LAPO health staff deployed to LAPO MfB branches nationwide. This initiative has expanded the number of states previously covered by LAPO with regards to health screening and sensitisation activities carried out amongst clients of LAPO MfB.

LAPO Seeks Improved Healthcare System In Edo

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has deepened partnership with the Edo State Government on effective health service delivery in the state.

LAPO Executive Director, Dr Honestus Ayobami Obadiora, who commended the giant strides being recorded by the State government in the health sector during an advocacy visit by the management team, assured the State Ministry of Health of its support towards tackling health challenges in the state.

He enjoined the Ministry to address the issues of inadequate ambulances for emergencies at Primary Health Care Centres, high cost of cancer treatment and insufficient health personnel in rural areas, among others.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary,  Dr Irowa Osamwonyi appreciated the support of LAPO over the years, and sought the involvement of the organisation in mobilizing members of the public to register with the Edo State Health Insurance Scheme aimed at improving the health status of the people.

He said the state government was working assiduously to improve maternal and child healthcare services in the state.

Meanwhile, LAPO has canvassed for increased budgetary allocation to the Edo health sector towards improving healthcare delivering system in the State.

The Executive Director, Dr Honestus Obadiora, during advocacy visit to the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning,  said increased budgetary allocation to the sector would greatly improve maternal and child care services and general health outcomes in the state.

LAPO Hosts CONGOS Executive Committee

The management of Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has played host to the Executive Committee of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGOS) who were in the organization on a courtesy visit.

The delegation which was led by the newly elected President, Mrs Abiola Daisy Igaga commended the organization for its tremendious support and commitment to the body over the years and congratulated the new Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora on his appointment.

Responding on behalf of the management team, Dr. Obadiora pledged the continuous support of LAPO to the progress of the organisation.

LAPO Mentors NGOs On Resource Mobilisation & Proposal Development

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has organized a 2-day intensive capacity development training on resource mobilisation and proposal development for 43 Non-Governmental, Community-Based Organisations, as a part of its mentoring programme.

The training which held at the LAPO Institute in Benin City was facilitated by Prof. Omokhoa Adeleye, a Management Consultant and Community Health Physician at the University of Benin/UBTH with Mrs Doris Onyinyechi Ogbeifun, a Business Services Consultant, as co-facilitator.

The Resource Mobilisation and Proposal Development mentoring programme was designed to build the capacities of young organisations in the area of consulting, grant proposal development, and project execution.

Earlier, the Executive Director of LAPO, Dr Honestus Obadiora charged the participants to leverage on the knowledge and lessons garnered from the training to develop their competencies and grow stronger in their development work.

The LAPO Mentoring programme was instituted by the CEO, Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe in 2006 to support and build the capacities of young non-governmental/community-based organisations towards actualising their vision.

Activities under the programme include capacity development workshops, seminars, internship, equipment donation and networking.

LAPO, Others Commemorate National HIV Testing Day

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has commemorated the National HIV Testing Day, in collaboration with the Edo State Agency for the Control of AIDS  (EDOSACA), Edo State Ministry of Health and other partners.

The 3-day event featured rallies, free health screening and counseling on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and prostate cancer at various locations in Benin City.

LAPO Zonal Manager, Jennifer Oviawe encouraged members of the public to take advantage of the free screening exercise to know their health status, take charge of their lives and protect their friends and family members against infection.

Earlier, the Executive Director of EDOSACA, Flora Oyakhilomen said the National HIV Testing Day was set aside to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment centres.

She said the theme,  “My Test, My Way,” emphasizes that there are different ways and places to get tested for HIV, including self-test at home, adding that the tagline, ‘My contribution to Ending the HIV Epidemic in my community,’ creates the awareness that tests and screenings are important to health of not just the person carrying out the screening but also to those around them within the community.

LAPO screened 42 men for prostate cancer, 42 men and 10 women for Hepatitis B and a number of other persons for HIV at the event free of charge with refferals and counseling services.

About LAPO

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation committed to the social, health and economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria. LAPO was founded by Dr. Godwin Eseiwi Ehigiamusoe in 1987 while working as a Rural Cooperative Officer in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. Over the years, the organisation has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative financial and non-financial programmes targeting disadvantaged groups. LAPO programmes are livelihood, social and health services. Health programmes include cancer prevention, HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, maternal and child health (MCH), malaria and tropical diseases. LAPO has branch offices across Nigeria


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