We are passionate about initiatives that promotes public health in rural communities and amongst vulnerable groups and in health programmes that addresses the health services delivery needs of poor communities; challenging the inequality gap in health care delivery amongst underprivileged populations compared to other groups in the society. This initiative helps us work towards meeting the core mission of bridging the gap in health care service delivery disparity between regions in Nigeria.
What social or environmental problem/s is our initiative trying to address? Why is this problem important?*
Today in Nigeria; majority are at risk of chronic diseases due to poor health awareness campaigns and inadequate public health intervention plans. Nigeria is in need of major help in terms of complete public health systems overhaul due to a failing health care system and inadequate health care labour force; especially in such a way that health care is made increasingly available to the vulnerable populations by providing a holistic public health care service through expert professional care.
Political instability and low budgetary allocation to the health care sector in Nigeria have hindered socio-economic development, making it increasingly difficult to focus on developing action based health care policies.
The top causes of death in Nigeria are; malaria, lower respiratory infections,HIV/AIDS, diarrhoea diseases, road injuries, protein-energy malnutrition, cancer, meningitis, stroke and tuberculosis. These diseases threatens the lives of low income Nigerian populace who are victims of the financial risks of managing these disease.
We address the challenge of inadequate health awareness campaigns, drug unavailability, inadequate vaccination intervention programs and low health care labour force in communities through free medical outreaches, drug distribution to rural health posts and to the chronically ill community members, organising routine vaccination programs and training of health care personnel in collaboration with government and non-governmental agencies.
Our initiative aims at engaging Nigerian local and state government at various levels to create policies, health intervention plans and allocate more resources to fund the health budgets; thereby meeting the health needs of vulnerable groups; with the set up of Health initiative to meet the needs of rural dwellers. We can source for funding from corporate organisations and other social enterprise to invest into our public health system as a civil responsibility.
Our initiative will reduce the burden of infectious and chronic diseases through HIV awareness campaigns, testing and counselling services, promotion of safer sex practices, early diagnostic initiatives, linkage and referral programs to health care services targeting people living with chronic and infectious diseases, home visitation programs for creating awareness and educational purposes.
What impact has our organization/initiative achieved so far?
After conducting a community survey, 360degreeHEALTH NETwork found that 85% of respondents that has benefited from the impact of our initiative share the belief that the government and other social enterprises needs to play more active role in promoting and supporting our initiative to extend the impact of our work to more underprivileged communities in Nigeria.
Our data as a form of rural proofing indicates that through our initiative; more pregnant women, the elderly, children, low income families, the chronically ill, the disabled and others affected by the financial risk of ill health has gained assess to equitable and affordable health care services as we continuously engage Nigerian government, health and non health affiliated agencies to support health care intervention plans that would impact on improving the health of populations from diverse cultures.
By partnering with a variety of stakeholders including the Ministry of health, a variety of health initiatives, field visits and medical outreaches has been organised as well as meetings with governance experts. As an outcome, more health policies has been formulated and health professional trained to take responsibility and play an active role in effective health care service distribution to vulnerable groups.
70% of Nigerians lives in rural communities and are from low income families affected by the financial risk of chronic diseases due to lack of finance to access available health care services. The overall impact of our initiative has bridged the inequality gap in health care service delivery through free medical outreaches in rural communities; engaging Nigerian government and health agencies to create health initiatives that would benefit vulnerable groups.
Local communities in about 8 states out of Nigerian 36 states which includes Rivers, Delta, Kano, Lagos, Abia, Ebonyi, Bayelsa and Kastina has benefited from the impact of our program which includes free medical outreaches through effective collaborations with community organisations and government agencies as well as supporting government sponsored health care programs.
ORGANIZATIONAL CORE VISION BEFORE 2025
- Global health research is essential for health care advancement. In 2 years; our initiative will engage its mission towards equitable distribution of research efforts and raising funds directed towards supporting populations suffering the world’s greatest health problems. This will be aimed at redirecting research to the health problems of low and middle income countries in Africa.
- In 2 years; we hope our initiative launches a primary health care delivery system that permeates the wider field of politics, ideas, cultures and social activism expressed through partnerships, alliances and other forms of collaborations that will provide the framework for health care innovations outside our present operating domains in Nigeria to other countries in West Africa.
- To achieve our core goal for 2025; which is to provide innovative solutions that would position us on the front lines to provide health care services to the most vulnerable, and transforming human health around Africa and ultimately the world.
To achieve the vision as highlighted above; we have been making research efforts to determine the core felt and unfelt health needs of poor and underserved communities across Nigeria, prevalent health conditions, social and demographical determinants of health and illness. we have also started making contacts with individuals in governance and health agencies to help in the formulation of policies to drive our health care service programs across Nigeria.