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LAPO Improves Community Health, Empowers Over 200,000 Nigerians

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LAPO  Improves Community Health, Empowers Over 200,000 Nigerians

Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved the health conditions of 292,357 vulnerable community members across the country in 2021. This was disclosed by the Executive Director, Dr. Honestus Ayobami Obadiora during an interactive forum with Journalists in Benin City.

The beneficiaries include clients of LAPO Microfinance Bank and target community members spread across Edo, Delta, Lagos, Rivers, Enugu, Ondo, Osun, Zamfara, Jos, Cross River, Abuja and Oyo State.

According to the breakdown released by the Executive Director, 195,074 received direct health sensitization and screening services while 97,283 were reached through Information, Education and Communication materials.

He listed topics treated during the period to include maternal and child health, antenatal care and nutrition, family planning, hepatitis-B, HIV/AIDS, dangers of self-medication, water, sanitation and hygiene among others.

Dr. Obadiora who expressed worry over the high percentage of Nigerian women’s vulnerability to illnesses, disability and even death noted that the deplorable state of the overall healthcare system especially in the rural areas is a key factor responsible for the high maternal and under-5 mortality rates in the country.

Similarly, LAPO sensitized and counseled 9,393 community members on legal and human rights issues in the year 2021.

In a statement, the Executive Director decried the violation of human and women rights such as the rights and the dignity of the human person, freedom from discrimination, right to life, right to a fair hearing and freedom to own and inherit property in Nigeria, as enshrined in the constitution

 


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