What we do
WHAT WE CARE ABOUT
Health and Well being
Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
One Test Saves Two Lives
Our “one test saves two lives” campaign is targeted at women of reproductive age particularly pregnant women living in remote communities with the aim of reducing the number of newborns who contract HIV from their mothers. This campaign includes educating women, their partners and building the capacity of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) about the necessity of HIV testing during pregnancy. It is believed that these tests will ultimately save more lives and help prevent mother to child transmission. Biire’s school-based HIV and AIDS education reaches many youths with HIV information, equipping them with the skills they need to protect themselves before they become sexually active. Research has shown that it is easier to lead children to adopt preventive behavior before they are sexually active. Education on sexual health does not encourage early sexual debut; on the contrary, it is observed that it delays the start of sexual activities.
Lagos AIDS Walk
Lagos AIDS Walk is an annual event organized by BIIRE in conjunction with the Lagos State Agency for the Control of AIDS (LSACA). Its core aim is to increase the Lagos State populace 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 platform also seeks 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.
FELABRATION FESTIVAL is an annual event which takes place at the New Africa Shrine in Lagos to commemorate the life and times of Nigeria’s foremost musical icon Fela Anikulapo – Kuti. It is a festival of music, poems and performing arts as well as a talent hunt. Over the years, Felabration has attracted numerous highly popular musicians and their fans from all over the world. This weeklong celebration of the late Afro-beat legend usually attracts a crowd of about 2,000 people particularly the youths from all over the world to the New Africa shrine. Prior to the inception of this event, there had been no known HIV activities. Hence, it is of great importance that Biire Foundation integrated HIV prevention and testing into the Felabration jamboree. For these reasons, Biire has integrated the HIV campaigns into the Felabration festivities in order to sensitize youths on HIV transmission and prevention and to provide and promote client-friendly HCT services.
BCHDI uses the community outreach medium to sensitize the community on health education and information and also to provide home based care especially for the sick and severely malnourished population. Our staff and volunteers conduct monthly outreach services with community health workers to identify, vulnerable, sick, bed ridden. Some of the activities we carry out include: Free HIV testing, Malaria testing and treatment, antenatal referrals, food and nutrition support. Find below pictures of some of our outreach events.