Communal Health Support Scheme
Sagbokoji, Lagos, Nigeria
Discovering Sagbokoji is a public health outreach aimed at equipping the Primary Health Centre, providing potable water, improving hygiene and the quality of life.
Right within Lagos is a community with open defecation, poor waste disposal culture and a lack of access to potable water for general use. Koji island popularly known as “SagboKoji” is a potential breeding ground for a host of diseases. Unfortunately, with only one ill-equipped functioning primary healthcare centre serving the six communities living on the island, the sick have to take expensive trips to Apapa and other neighbouring communities for medical treatment and those who can’t often go are left without medical care.
After visiting this community and interacting with them, Communal Health Support Scheme decided to hold a public health outreach aimed at equipping the Primary Health Centre, providing potable water, improving the hygiene and the quality of life, as this will strengthen and support their healthcare system, promoting hygiene and wellbeing in the long run.
Following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, member nations through the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a new development agenda. These goals are to build on the MDGs and work towards achieving Economic, Social and Environmental development for sustainability.
Among the 17 goals and 169 targets framed in this agenda, which is also known as ‘Agenda 2030’, SDG 3 – Good health and wellbeing, which focuses on ensuring a significant reduction in maternal mortality rates, ending the disease epidemics of AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, water-borne diseases as well as other noncommunicable diseases such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, among others and ensure reduction in preventable deaths in newborns and children under 5.
In line with the above-mentioned goals, our main objectives for this Public health project includes;
Equipping the primary healthcare centre to ensure that the Sagbokoji community has access to effective and efficient patient-centred health care services as well as safe and affordable essential medicines. We also will be improving the hygiene of healthcare professionals in the Primary healthcare centre by building a bore hole, allowing the community access clean water.
A medical outreach will be organized on the 14th of December to screen for HIV, malaria and Hepatitis. Medical personnel will also provide Intensive Health Education and testing on certain NCDs including asthma, diabetes, hypertension, among others will be done in order to prevent, treat and reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases.
Expected Impact & Benefits
This project intends to impact over 200,000 thousand people in the community of Sagbokoji through its medical outreach. We also plan to educate, enlighten and empower the members of this community to take collective action and generate solutions to economic, social and environmental problems that potentially threaten the health of individuals or the entire community as a whole.
We have also developed and designed a portal to collate, monitor and preserve health information of the community Subsequently, beneficiaries will be followed up via SMS.
Overall, this project will be of immense benefit to the people of Sagbokoji as they will be able to access healthcare services at primary levels.
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