Action Newsletter June 2021 Edition
World Malaria Day: LAPO Sensitizes Over 200,000 Community Members
Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has worked assiduously in target communities to ensure that malaria-related deaths are reduced in Nigeria.
At a health sensitization campaign held to commemorate the 2021 World Malaria Day in Abuja, the organisation reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring a ‘healthy society’ by testing for malaria and sensitizing 250 community members on prevention.
Executive Director, Dr Honestus Obadiora emphasized that malaria is preventable if people have the right information, adding that in 2020, malaria was responsible for over 384,000 preventable deaths in African.
Dr Obadiora enjoined community members and stakeholders to work together to achieve ‘zero malaria’ through preventive mechanisms such as ensuring a clean environment, using insecticide-treated nets and making sure that stagnant water within and outside the home are covered.
He said the malaria control activities of the organisation are aimed at reducing effect and socio-economic burden of the disease on national economic development and advised people with symptoms to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Over 200,000 viewers were sensitized with our Bridging-the-Gap programme aired on Independent Television, as a part of the 2021 World Malaria Day celebration with the theme, “Zero Malaria: Draw the Line Against Malaria.”
LAPO Makes Case for Maternal Health And Rights
As a part of its efforts to commemorate the April 11, 2021 International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, Lift Above Poverty Organisation, LAPO carried out community sensitization aimed at improving maternal health in Nigeria.
The campaign, which held in Benin City, Edo State, featured rally, maternal health education as well as regular check-ups for 800 community members.
Dr Bright Oniovokukor, the Regional Representative of Clearline Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) in Edo State spoke extensively on the need for improved maternal health through family planning, breastfeeding and early antenatal care.
He encouraged women to adhere strictly to information and education received from health practitioners during and after pregnancy, pointing out that every person has a right to respectful, quality, safe, and comprehensive maternal health care.
LAPO Trains Community Members On Healthy Living Practices
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved the health of over 1.6 million community members through awareness, sensitization, interventions and health outreaches between January and April of 2021.
In a statement, the Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Obadiora noted that 28,419 persons were reached with direct programme intervention in target communities while 17,462 community members were enlightened with information, education and enlightenment messages.
The beneficiaries were trained on maternal and child health practices, nutrition, family planning and antenatal care, water, sanitation and hygienic practices in target communities in Edo, Lagos, and Abuja.
Many of the community members are now living improved and healthier lives as a result of the health sensitization.
LAPO Partners IFC On Economic Development In Sub-Saharan Africa
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), has entered into strategic partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) towards expanding banking services to low-income populations in sub-Saharan Africa. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group.
Under the partnership, IFC will conduct market analysis of several African countries, including fragile states, and provide advisory support to LAPO to help it expand its microfinance business beyond Nigeria and Sierra Leone, where it currently operates with more than 495 branches, serving over 800,000 customers.
LAPO‘s planned microfinance expansion will help boost financial inclusion and increase lending to individuals and micro and small businesses in the region, stimulating economic activity. The expansion will specifically target women borrowers, low-income earners, and those in rural areas.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer LAPO, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe said, with IFC’s advisory support, the organization will expand its capacity to build greater financial inclusion among a rural, low-income client base in sub-Saharan Africa and help deepen its efforts to reach more women-owned micro enterprises, which currently represent about 70 percent of clients in our existing microfinance operations.
Also speaking, the IFC’s Regional Director, Southern Africa and Nigeria, Kevin Njiraini who noted that the project marks a significant milestone in the development of microfinance in Africa, said the support to LAPO is part of IFC’s commitment to strengthen economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, support micro enterprises, and reduce poverty especially as countries continue to suffer the severe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family Fest International Honours LAPO
Family Fest International (FFI) and Global Partners have recognized the contributions of Lift Above Poverty Organisation, LAPO to building stronger families, women empowerment and societal development.
The award was presented to LAPO as a part of the activities to commemorate the May 15, 2021 International Day of Family, a day observed annually to honour the importance of families as the foundation of society.
The ceremony which held in Benin City, featured panel discussion session, medical check-ups, empowerment programmes, family pageant and awards.
Receiving the award on behalf of the organization, the Executive Director, Dr Honestus Ayobami Obadiora expressed gratitude to the organization and restated LAPO’s commitment to ensuring a prosperous, healthy and developed society.
Earlier, the President of the FFI, Benson Eribo said LAPO was chosen for the award in recognition of its contributions to women empowerment over the years with positive impact on the family.
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