PaHAfrica provides a combination of resources and educational workshops to citizens residing in impoverished communities in Africa. We also provide a platform for individuals interested in making a difference in their communities.
Why we do what we do:
PaHAfrica provides a combination of resources and educational workshops to citizens residing in impoverished rural communities in Africa.
These resources and workshops are provided within a span of a year and PaHAfrica also provides avenues for participants to obtain these resources after it’s year of assistance. Nigeria’s low expenditure on healthcare per capita affects the overall health of the lives of its citizens especially those in impoverished communities.
The World Bank records that Nigeria spends only $18.70 per person on health, compared to the United States, which spends about $8,233 on health per person per year. With a population of 135 million people, many in Nigeria lack resources and funds to care for their health, which leads to untimely death and causes many preventable diseases. Among the many diseases that afflict Nigerians, vision impairment and teenage pregnancy are major silent killers.
Partners for a Healthy Africa organizes an annual community health fair every year. Each year we will conduct a pre and post survey on every disease of concentration during our trip to various communities. The pre-survey will be completed prior to conducting workshops and providing resources. PaHAfrica also conducts post visits with the community to find ways to mediate a discussion between local organizations and citizens in that community.
The Annual Community Health Fairs include:
Better Eyes for a better Africa Project
PaHAfrica conducts yearly vision screenings for more than 3,000 citizens each year. We collaborate with Eyejusters, an innovative manufacturer of unique adjustable glasses. Every year, our goal is to distribute Eyejusters glasses to poverty stricken individuals in Africa and around the world. Individuals between ages of 14 and above can utilize the stylish Eyejusters.
Eyejusters are stylish and look just like normal glasses. Aesthetics are not compromised by the technology. They manufacture an attractive range of frames for both male and female customers. Eyejusters cover up to 80-90% of typical lens prescriptions. Two hidden dials adjust the lens power and are easy to operate. Each lens is adjusted independently, to correct each eye precisely. Eyejusters are durable. The lenses have an Anti-Scratch coating and the lens mechanism is sealed against moisture and dust.
Eyejusters are sold with a hard case and cleaning cloth to help keep them in good condition. Eyejusters offer optical quality. The lens units are produced in their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. The same technology and lens precision is applied worldwide. During each mission trip, we utilize the Ophthalmic clinical team in each community to conduct these screenings, river blindness awareness, and Eyejuster distribution. More than 10 Ophthalmologists and Optometrists in each community and a 4 of Partners for a Healthy Africa executive board members participate in a community wide awareness campaign to raise awareness about river blindness and other causes of vision impairment in the community.
Malaria house to house Initiative
PahAfrica initiated a house-to-house malaria initiative to set up mosquito nets in each house and also distribute odemos ointment. Odemos are malaria prevention ointments used to prevent mosquito bites. In each home, we provide a quick five minute teaching on how to set-up and care for the mosquito nets, and how to use the ointment.
Location and Population Served (240 women in 1 year in Delta State): Partners for a Healthy Africa (PahAfrica) plans to initiate its operation in Ogwashi-Uku town of Delta State, and will expand its operation to other neighboring villages in the future. Women have been selected as the target group because they are the most marginalized. By providing the Center for Disease Control SIHLE Intervention and the Women’s Empowerment Agriculture Project Phase 1, PahAfrica hopes to impact this statistic and to see a decrease in the rates of teen pregnancy and an increase in the number of female led businesses in Ogwashi-Uku.
Project Scope, Goals and Desired Outcomes:
Partners for a Healthy Africa has developed a Women’s Empowerment Agriculture Project Phase 1 for women between the ages of 18-44. Empowering and investing in women has been shown to be significant in increasing productivity, reduce hunger and improve livelihood. Hence, the need for this empowerment program. This project was developed to alleviate hunger and poverty through agricultural ventures in women. Creating job opportunities for women especially youths in line with the national policy of economic diversification and wealth creation. With a partnership with First Bank, Ogwashi Uku branch, we are planning to provide a financial literacy course to participants. To contribute to the welfare of women and enhance a sustainable agricultural practice,provision of food product, ensuring dedication, efficiency and accountability. To bring an end to extreme poverty, and dependency on illegal activities.
Women Empowerment: PahAfrica chooses to work with women as they are one of the most marginalized groups. In addition, studies show women tend to use resources more productively than men.
Supporting Livelihood: By providing the SIHLE intervention and the Women’s Empowerment Agriculture Project Phase 1 to the poorest women, we expect to help raise their incomes and thus also increase the village economy.
After access to the SIHLE intervention and the Women’s Empowerment Agriculture Project Phase 1 from Partners for a Healthy Africa (PahAfrica), the following outcomes can be measured:
Access to livelihood based Financial Support
Plan for the future, Make choices
Invest in education & health
Milestones, Measures of Success and Long-Term Funding Plan:
Progress can be measured in two main categories 1)target community's achievement of better economic status and 2) increase in women led businesses in Ogwashi-Uku. While providing services to women, we capture basic information like poverty status, number of school going children, parental education background and occupation.
4. Expected Duration of Project:
Ogwashi-uku means “palace of a great king” ogwashi-uku is situated in Delta state and it’s also the headquarter of Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta state. The people of ogwashi-uku is mainly farmers and there speak the enuani language otherwise know and referred to as Delta Igbo with a population of well over 100 thousand stretched across the global and their traditional cloth is “AKWA-OCHA” (meaning white cloth).
The better eye for a better Africa and malaria house to house initiative was a great success, with the target of providing service to at least 700 participants for both projects. Pahafrica was able to asset over 700 participants in better eye for a better Africa and malaria house to house initiative. Because of the different health challenges that face the citizen of Ogwashi-uku, the capacity of the people was raise true the lecture of the health personal unground on how to live a healthy life. PahAfrica carried out a blood pressure test to enable the people asserted there blood level for a healthy living.
1.To reach 100 participant with the free distribution of long lasting mosquito net
2. To carry out eye screen on 200 participant on any eye challenges
3. To distribute 100 free prescribe eye glasses to participant that is in need of it
4. To distribute 250 free eye drugs for participant that is in need of it
5. To educate the participant on how to live a healthy life
6. To assented 50 participant of their blood pressure level
Total numbers expected to reach: 700
Total numbers reach: 827
The project was implemented with the help for the obi (prof) Chukwuka Okonjo and his council who gave us the ogwashi-uku town hall for all the activities, also the Ogwashi-uku development union (ODU) youths was on ground to make sure that the implementation of the activities went smooth without any issues. For the Better Eyes project, nine optometrists of the Nigerian Optometric Association were on ground to screen participant for various vision impairments. The Delta State Primary Health Care agency personal was on ground to deliver an educational tip on how to live a health life. For the Malaria House to House initiative, various demonstrations were shown in providing in-depth training on how mosquito nets should be set up, utilized, and cared. The Ogwashi Uku Polytechnic, Civil Society of HIV/AIDS (CiSHAN), and L’Hadassah Development Initiative (LHDI). These staff members played a role in the success of the community health fair, members of (CiSHAN), and LHDI played a major role in testing participants for blood pressure rates. All staff members developed a workflow in which participants would be provided services. As each participant arrived, signed in, and was provided with a number. Each participant was then provided with services based on the number they were given.
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