Action Newsletter May 2021 Edition
LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 185,882 Community Members
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) sensitized 1, 887,728 community members on cancer prevention and management between January and March 2021 under the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project in Nigeria.
The Executive Director, Dr Honestus Obadiora, while evaluating the impact of the programme during the period noted that 2,400 beneficiaries were screened and 1,948 persons referred for treatment in government-approved health facilities.
Dr Obadiora who asserted that the LAPO-C4 project is aimed at preventing and mitigating cancer-related deaths in Nigeria expressed 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, noting that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable while 40% of the disease can be eradicated by lifestyle changes.
The Executive Director advised women to regularly ascertain their health status adding that as breast and cervical cancer pose a serious threat to their lives, adding that the organization that LAPO has over the years been involved in community health improvement and health facility upgrading in rural communities.
N3.9 Billion to Clients
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved rural economy and livelihood of clients with a disbursement of N3.9 billion during the first quarter of 2021.
The Executive Director, Dr Ayobami Obadiora who stated this while reviewing the performance of the LAPO Rural Development Initiative, (LARDI) during the period said the organization was determined to improve the nation’s food security profile through financial support.
He ascribed the outstanding performance 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 encouraged farmers, Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs to take advantage of the flexible and affordable credit facilities of LAPO to enhance the growth and development of their businesses.
LAPO Trains 46, 928 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 in the first quarter of 2021.
In a statement, the Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Obadiora noted that 28,466 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 Seeks Proper Nutrition For Children
Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has enjoined parents to prioritize proper nutrition for their children towards ensuring their overall well-being.
Executive Director, LAPO, Dr Honestus Obadiora who made the call while speaking at the 2021 International School Meals Day (ISMD) with the theme, ‘Eat for the Health of it’, listed childhood malnutrition as one of the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.
Dr Honestus Obadiora expressed worries that Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five-year-olds and 145 women of childbearing age every single day.
He asserted that with the collaboration of all stakeholders, Nigeria can achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing the maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births and end the preventable death of newborns and children under five years of age to as low as 25 per 1000 live births by 2030.
The ISMD is organized annually by LAPO across the country to raise awareness on the importance of quality nutrition for children, highlight the connection between healthy eating, education and better learning, inculcate healthy eating habits in children, and promote their well-being in schools.
LAPO Holds Outstanding Women Leadership Award, Honours Adesina, Others
The Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has called for the continued recognition of the achievements of women and their contributions to societal development.
Dr Osarenren Emokpae, Chairman, LAPO Board of Directors, made the call during the 9th edition of the organisation’s Outstanding Women Leadership Award held in Benin.
He said women have continued to enhance the progress and wellbeing of the human society in spite of the various cultural and traditional beliefs that had impinged on their human rights over the years, adding that women have proven over time that they possess the competence, talent and character required for nation building.
In his address, the Chief Executive Officer of LAPO, Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe said the Award was instituted in 2013 to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD).
He said the organisation was passionate about the overall development of women, bringing gender issues to wider attention and recognising their contributions to the advancement of the country.
Earlier, the Chief Judge of Edo, Honourable Justice Esther Edigin said women leaders are demonstrating their skills and networks to effectively lead the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, stressing that “all women want is a chance to excel and contribute their quota to national development.”
Three awardees – Mrs Joke Adesina (Farming category), Christiana Ebitimi (Business category) and Felicia Babalola (Professional category) were honoured with the LAPO Outstanding Women Leadership Award at the event.
LAPO Commemorates World Water Day, Sensitizes 1,392 Community Members
As part of the activities to mark the 2021 World Water Day, LAPO) sensitized 1,392 community members across the country and screened several others persons for various ailments including blood pressure, sugar level and prostate cancer.
The awareness campaign with the theme, “Valuing Water,” centred principally on water sources, uses and importance, sanitation and hygiene.
In his welcoming address, the Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Obadiora stated that 80 countries of the world now have water shortage, which adversely affects their health and economies.
He said about 60% of all diseases in developing countries are related to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation, adding that contaminated water was responsible various for diseases including diarrhea, malaria, measles, typhoid fever, cholera, shigellosis, polio meningitis, hepatitis A and B, dysentery and pneumonia with children and people with weakened immune systems most affected.
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