The 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 600 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

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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.


Teen Pregnancy Awareness Project

PahAfrica plans is to implement a Center for Disease Control project, SiHLE (Sistering, Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering), an evidence based intervention to girls between the ages of 12-20. The CDC and Emory University developed SiHLE intervention, a small group, skills training intervention to reduce risky sex behavior among adolescent females. Through interactive discussions in groups of 10–12 girls, the intervention emphasizes ethnic and gender pride, and enhances awareness of HIV risk reduction strategies such as abstaining from sex, using condoms consistently, and having fewer sex partners. Through the use of role plays and cognitive rehearsal, the intervention enhances confidence in initiating safer-sex conversations, negotiating for safer sex, and refusing unsafe sex encounters. In addition, intervention teaches proper condom use skills and emphasize the importance of healthy relationships.

In addition, the SiHLE intervention reported significantly fewer vaginal sex partners and episodes of unprotected vaginal sex during the 6- and 12-month follow-up periods than the comparison group. Women in the SiHLE intervention  are significantly less likely to acquire a new chlamydia infection over 12 months of follow-up than women in the comparison group.

How will PaHAfrica implement the CDC SiHLE Intervention in Nigeria?

PaHAfrica plans to implement all four CDC curriculum within four days to 60 females and 60 males between the ages of 12-20.

These four curriculums are

Curriculum 1- My Sistas, My Girls- Ethnic and Gender Pride

Curriculum 2- It is my body- STD and HIV Risk Behavior Education

Curriculum 3- SIHLE skills- Condoms and Communication skills

Curriculum 4- Relationships and Power- Healthy Relationships

A pre and post survey will be provided before and after each curriculum.

PaHAfrica plans to provide 10 scholarships to 5 males and 5 females to vocational schools that will teach them a trade which they can use to improve the quality of lives for themselves and their families.

Also PaHAfrica plans to purchase three sanitary pad machines for girls to utilize and produce pads for themselves which also could be sold at a discounted rate to women in their community.