Action Newsletter March 2021 Edition
LAPO Improves Community Health, Empowers 1.2m Nigerians
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has improved the health conditions of 1,257,297 vulnerable community members across the country in 2020. This was disclosed by the Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora during an interactive forum with Journalists in Benin City.
He said the beneficiaries were educated on maternal and child health practices with a key focus on maternal and child health, antenatal care and nutrition, family planning, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
The Executive Director expressed worry that a high percentage of women in Nigeria are vulnerable to illnesses, disability, and even death due to lack of access to comprehensive health services, a situation that has made the country one of the highest maternal mortality rates amongst developing nations.
Dr. Obadiora said LAPO was determined to change the narratives of high maternal mortality in Nigeria with its health intervention programme in order to mitigate the detrimental effect of maternal mortality on the socio-economic development of the nation.
He charged members of the public to imbibe the culture of regular medical checkups to enable early detection and management of health conditions, adding that routine health screening and awareness creation by the organization has contributed significantly to the well-being of community members.
LAPO Supports Rural Farmers With
In a bid to improve the nation’s food security, the Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has made a disbursement of
N12.2billion to 152,446 rural farmers in 253 branches across 21 states during the financial year 2020. This figure represents 12% growth over the sum of 10.9 billion disbursed during the year 2019.
The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora, who stated this while reviewing the performance of the LAPO Rural Development Initiative, (LARDI), in Benin City, restated that the organization is committed to Nigeria’s agricultural development.
He attributed LAPO’s outstanding performance over the years to strong institutional strength, staff commitment to excellence and hard work, adding that the organization was ready to maintain its superior performance trajectory.
Dr. Obadiora enjoined low-income farmers to take advantage of the affordable loan opportunity offered by LAPO to enhance the growth and development of their farm enterprises.
LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 88,627 Community Members
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has restated its commitment to preventing and mitigating cancer-related morbidity and mortality in Nigeria through the implementation of the innovative LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) programme.
The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora made this known while addressing Journalists in Benin City.
He said the organization has over the years been involved in community health improvement and playing a major role in addressing the challenges of malaria, maternal and child health issues particularly in rural communities across the country as poverty is further reinforced by diseases.
Between November 2016 and December 2020, Dr. Obadiora said LAPO created mass awareness about cancer in target communities across the country under the LAPO-C4 project, sensitized 83,405,597 community members against cancer, screened 38,595 persons and referred 26,215 for further screening and treatment in government-approved health facilities.
Expressing concern that almost 102,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in Nigeria with over 60% in women due to breast and cervical cancer, he traced the main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness.
The Executive Director advised women to regularly check their health status as breast and cervical cancer pose a serious threat to their lives, adding that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable while 40% of the disease can be eradicated by lifestyle changes.
LAPO Commemorates World Cancer Day, Screens Community Members
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) joined the international community to create mass awareness on cancer across the country in commemoration of this year’s World Cancer Day.
The exercise which featured rallies, distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, free cancer screening, and tests for 1,918 persons, received a commendation from community members nationwide.
Executive Director, LAPO, Dr Honestus Obadiora, said that the organization was committed to the empowerment of poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria through the implementation of innovative financial and non-financial development programmes.
He said the awareness which centred on cervical, breast and prostate cancers was part of activities to mark the 2021 World Cancer Day and called on the federal and state governments to provide cancer treatment support for indigent individuals due to the high cost of management and treatment.
The theme of this year’s World Cancer Day is “I am and I will”.
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