Action Newsletter October 2021 Edition

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LAPO Improves Health Conditions of 22m Community Members

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved the health conditions of 22,120,529 targeted community members across the country between January and June of 2021.

A total of 212,020 persons were reached through direct intervention by LAPO health community workers while 21,908,509 community members were reached via Information, Education and Communication materials.

The beneficiaries, who are mostly clients of LAPO Microfinance Bank, were sensitized on safe maternal and child health practices with key focus on antenatal care, nutrition, family planning, water, sanitation and hygiene.

They were equally screened for health issues such as blood pressure, hepatitis, malaria and blood sugar level, towards improving their general wellbeign and health conditions.

The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora expressed worry that a high percentage of community members in Nigeria especially women 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 in maternal mortality rates amongst developing nations.

He however expressed optimism that with the involvement and support of all stakeholders in health awareness creation and provision of medical facilities, the narratives of high maternal mortality in Nigeria would change.

Dr. Obadiora encouraged members of the public to imbibe the culture of regular medical checkup to facilitate early detection and management of health conditions, adding that routine health screening and awareness creation by the organization has contributed significantly to the wellbeing of community members.

LAPO Boosts Rural Agriculture, Supports Farmers With N11 bn

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved the livelihood of rural farmers as well as supported micro businesses with a disbursement of N11 billion between January and July this year 2021, under the LAPO Rural Development Initiative (LARDI).

The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora expressed delight that the beneficiaries who were hitherto subsistence farmers and Small Scale business Owners have expanded their farmlands and businesses with improved income for family upkeep and savings for the future.

He said LAPO addresses challenges limiting farmers’ productivity and income as well as business expansion and growth such as non-availability of inputs for improved farm yield and limited access to finance, adding that the organization builds the capacity of rural farmers and business owners through on-farm demonstration, workshop and training programmes.

Since inception in 2007, LARDI has disbursed over N60 trillion to 168,225 clients in 277 branches across 22 states. The mandate of the organization is to improve the income, food security and general living conditions of rural households, particularly women-headed households and youths.

LAPO Combats Cancer, Sensitizes 157,865 Community Members

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has restated its commitment to cancer prevention and control in Nigeria through the implementation of the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) programme.

Over the years, the organization has 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.

Between January and June 2021, LAPO created mass awareness about cancer in target communities under the LAPO-C4 project, sensitized 157,865 community members against cancer, screened 4,857 persons and referred 3,712 for further screening and treatment in government-approved health facilities.

The Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora traced the issues militating against cancer control in Nigeria to inadequate awareness and poor access to screening services, 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.

Dr. Obadiora 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 Mentor 56 Traditional Birth Attendants On Best Practices

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) built the capacity of 56 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in target communities across the country between January and June, 2021 towards enhancing their capacity to deliver unorthodox health services to women.

The training programme includes mentorship and skill development, early and quality antenatal care, safe motherhood and building referral linkage with trained health care workers in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) even in remote communities.

Executive Director, Dr Honestus Obadiora expressed the organization’s commitment to reducing maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.

He expressed concern at the high rate of maternal and infant mortality in Africa especially Nigeria due to poor access to quality maternal and child health care, inadequate information and poor birth management.

LAPO Tasks Agency On Improved Health Services in Edo

The Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has tasked the Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EDSPHCDA) on the provision of quality healthcare services for Edo indigenes.

The Executive Director, Dr Honestus Ayobami Obadiora gave the charge during advocacy visit to the Executive Secretary of the agency in Benin City, Edo State.

He identified shortages of basic equipment including ambulance for emergency services in Primary Health Centres, prohibitive high cost of cancer treatment and inadequate personnel for prompt medical treatment.

Dr Obadiora restarted the unwavering commitment of LAPO to the empowerment of poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria through the implementation of innovative financial and non-financial development programmes,

Responding, the Executive Secretary, EDSPHCDA, Dr. Julie Osarenokemen Erhabor commended LAPO’s contributions to improving the health and social conditions of the poor, especially Edo people.

She solicited for the support of LAPO in the upgrading of Primary Health Centres in the State, renovation of ailing health facilities and training of health workers, adding that the State Government was already addressing most of the raised by the LAPO team towards ensuring a better healthcare system.

Edo State Health Insurance Commission Seeks LAPO Support

The Director General, Edo State Health Insurance Commission, EDOHiS, Dr. Rock Amegor has expressed the commission’s desire to collaborate with institutions in the LAPO system towards ensuring health coverage for all.

Addressing LAPO Management Team during their advocacy visit, he stated that collaboration with LAPO in capacity enhancement and knowledge improvement will strengthen the Commission in the delivering of quality health insurance services to the people of Edo state.

Earlier, Dr. Obadiora commended efforts by the Commission to reduce the burden of out-of-pocket payment for health services and canvassed the inclusion of basic cancer, maternal and child health care in the health insurance package.

LAPO health institutions present at the advocacy visit include Life Action Plus, a health maintenance organisation and the Benin Medical Care and Diagnostics Centre.

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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18, Dawson Road
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