Past and on going projects
REHABILITATING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN LAGOS STATE (Ongoing)
The Nigerian health care has severely depleted overtime. Despite Nigerian’s strategic position in Africa, the country is greatly underserved in regards to health care. Health facilities (health centers, personnel, and medical equipment) are inadequate in several parts of the country, especially in rural areas. On the 19th of March 2013, the Japanese Government and BIIRE signed a Grant Contract for procurement of health equipment after the assessment of the primary health care centers and a thorough tender process. Subsequently, the Japanese Government provided the sum of $121,883 for the purchase and installation of life saving equipment. The project was completed within a year as agreed. The equipment has been labeled and installed in all the following local government areas with the Japanese flag stickers on them for easy identification: Lagos Mainland LGA, Eti-Osa LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA, Ibeju Lekki LGA, Epe LGA, Orile Agege LGA, Kosofe LGA, Alimosho LGA, Amuwo Odofin LGA and Iba LCDA
BIIRE SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM
Worldwide, more than 350 million children are undernourished. Children need to consume sufficient nutrition in order to thrive. Biire in partnership with Sahara Foundation designed a program to overcome malnutrition disorders through regular school feeding so as to improve the health and nutrition status as well as educational status of such deprived children.
In Nigeria, Malnutrition/Micronutrient deficiencies are even more widespread among school-age HIV positive children. Malnutrition disorders affect more than 42% of school children and is responsible for 49% absenteeism of primary school age children. With support from Sahara Foundation, Biire carried out school feeding programs in 4 public schools in and around Ibeju Lekki. The project duration was 4 years and over 6,000 (six thousand) children where giving nutritious meals daily. The outcome was impressive as the percentage of children who enrolled in school increased, the percentage of absentees reduced. Children added weight and looked happier.
Prevention from Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) is an integral part of Biire’s work. This project enable more women to participate more in PMTCT program and also helped support women’s nutritional status at a particularly vulnerable period of their lives. Nutrition and food interventions to positive mothers are provided mostly through ART sites, health facilities or support groups.
Over 800 Pregnant women have been counseled and tested during antenatal visits at different hospitals as well as Communities. About 76 women who tested positive were admitted to the PMTCT program and provided nutrition support, home based care and access to treatment.
Providing food for the newly diagnosed ensures Biire the opportunity to:
- Monitor the nutritional status of the mother and child
- Provide ongoing counseling and educational support
- Support the mother with infant feeding choices
- Ensure that the infant is fully immunized
- Offer HCT on behalf of the infant at 8 weeks old
- Link the women with other support interventions, including empowerment programs.
Lagos AIDS WALK (LAW) (ONGOING)
Lagos AIDS Walk is an annual event organized by Biire Community Health and Development Initiative (BCHDI) in conjunction with the Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA). Its core aim is to increase the population’s awareness of existing laws such as the HIV/AIDS Anti-Stigma Bill, which was passed in 1997 to protect people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) from discrimination and stigmatization. This opportunity also gives us the opportunity to advocate for increased political will and corporate support for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support; to raise funds for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) campaigns; and to progress towards international goals of universal access to HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) services.
Advocacy on HIV/AIDS
Dissemination of information on the importance of the sexual health of adolescents among ‘gatekeepers’ (such as parents, teachers and community leaders) and adolescent (1996).
The dissemination project was aimed to use preliminary data from the morbidity study to raise awareness of the importance of adolescent sexual health amongst different groups in Ondo state in order to elicit suggestions and support for practical interventions for adolescents.
Training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA).
Biire conducted trainings for TBAs in Osun and Ondo in 2012. TBAs were provided basic education on hygiene and the recognition of complications during childbirth. The aim was to foster a referral system between TBAs and the local maternity in a bid to reduce maternal mortality.
Support group Strengthening.
Biire delivered training to build the capacity of women support groups in areas of leadership, nutritional meals preparation, advocacy and resource mobilization, as well as conducted stigma-reduction training. Five support groups were established, and over 300 women were recorded living opening and positively with HIV and AIDS in their communities following the stigma-reduction training.