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Nkporo People Dey Jolly as NGO Train Youths make dem Jinja-Up Primary Healthcare

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SieDi-Hub, an ogbonge NGO wey dey push make Bodi-mata and other developmental things pure for Abia State and beyond don yan youths make dem use dem power and jinja to help make primary health centres work kajadly. Di Founder, Imo Chinasa yan dis one during di training of 20 youths from 8 villages of Nkporo wey go jinja to make sure say primary health care services over-kajad for dem community.

Dem use plenty grammar by themselves to kowashiate as di training take happen. Look am below:

Local Youths Trained to Champion Primary Healthcare delivery in Nkporo Community in Abia State, Nigeria

The Community Health Youth Champions Program (CHYCP) is a Community Health Intervention and Support Program targeted at bringing innovative and transformative collaborative community health response system for the people and by the people of the community to improve health equity and bridge the gap between access and delivery of primary healthcare designed by Innovation Hub for Inclusiveness, Empowerment and Social Development (SieDi-Hub) and Empower Next Generations (ENG).

In starting off the one-year community health improvement program for hard-to-reach, low-resourced communities. Innovation Hub for Inclusiveness, Empowerment and Social Development (SieDi-Hub) and Empower Next Generations (ENG) in collaboration with the Abia State Ministry of Health and the State Primary Healthcare Agency carried out a 2-week training where Twenty (20) Youths from Nkporo community in Ohafia Local Government Area were trained and inaugurated as Community Health Youth Champions to bridge the gap between “Access” and “Delivery” of primary healthcare services by targeting the social, structural and knowledge determinants of health in their community. The program designed to strengthen primary healthcare delivery in rural communities trained the champions on how to conduct health education, house to house sensitization, engage in periodic health outreaches, provide community health surveillance support, conduct basic health examinations and provide one-on-one psychosocial support to members of the community.

Informed by a community health needs assessment baseline survey conducted previously by the partners, the CHYCP training modules were designed to respond to the priority needs identified by the community members during the survey, these, covered areas such as – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Dieting, Nutrition and Lifestyle; Cultivating Good Health-seeking Behaviors; Unhealthy Practices that enhance Health Vulnerabilities; Immunization and Vaccination; Diabetes Awareness and Management; Hypertension (101) Management; Maternal and Childcare; Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health; Care of the Aged, Global Health, and Community Health Referral Pathways, etc. This is to ensure that members of the communities have adequate information and attention to prioritize seeking healthcare in a timely manner.

The 20 Champions selected from the 8 (eight) villages in Nkporo were taken through rigorous didactic and pedagogical sessions that included group discussions, practical sections, group work, presentation, role-play, class reflections and experience sharing by the Facilitators. The highlight of the training was the Officer-in-Charge of Nkporo Comprehensive Health Center teaching the Champions on how to use basic health/medical checks equipment/items such as glucometer, blood pressure monitor, rapid test kits (RDT) for malaria, HIV, etc. to facilitate their field health examination in the community. 

The Facilitators include Imo Chinasa U (SieDi-Hub Founder and Executive Director) Amb. Emmanuel Gabari (the Executive Director; Africa Focus for Youth Development), Queen Chikwendu (Program Manager, SieDi-Hub), Ezekiel Stephen (M&E Officer), Jonathan Ajuma (Community Engagement Coordinator), Mrs. Nnenna Obigwe (Officer-in-Charge of Nkporo Comprehensive Health Centre) and Mrs. Okey Ngozi Ogbu, (Senior Health Educator from the Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Centre), etc.

 Before diving into the core health training, Chinasa U. Imo, the Founder and Executive Director of SieDi-Hub; a global health policy strategist and international development professional used the first week of the training to introduce the Champions to the goals and objectives of the program. Adopting a human centered design thinking approach, the participants learned how to use cultural competence and humility to approach community health delivery. She also trained them on using assets-based community development as a strategy to plan and design their implementation plans. In the course of the session, the Champions were also introduced to the values and philosophies guiding the program, including the stakeholders’ expectations on the program.

The CHYCP delivered in collaboration with the Abia State Ministry of Health and the Abia State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ABPHCDA) is a part of SieDi-Hub’s broader objectives of improving the quality of life for people living in rural communities through advancement in healthcare, sustainable livelihoods, empowerment, and socio-economic initiatives using approaches that are inclusive and innovative.  Remarkably, this aligns with the Abia State’s overarching public health goal of improving essential quality healthcare services, especially at the rural communities in order to end preventable deaths among women, children, adolescents and young people.

During the Inauguration Ceremony, His Royal Majesty, Eze Dr. P. O. Ogbuagu, the Ezeaja of Nkporo Community admonished the newly inaugurated Champions to discharge their duties diligently in order to achieve better health outcomes for every member of the community. He as well, conveyed a deep sense of gratitude to SieDi-Hub and ENG for their commitment and sacrifice to building the capacity of local young people, who are volunteering to ensure that people have access to healthcare, and prayed for the efforts to bear good fruits in the community. 

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony before issuing the Champions their certificates of completion, the representative of the Executive Secretary of the ABPHCDA, Mrs. Chinyere Huoma (Health Secretary, Ohafia Local Government Health Authority) equally appreciated SieDi-Hub and ENG by acknowledging that through the CHYCP, disability, morbidity and mortality will be reduced in the community as the Champions will go about delivering quality health information and services to their community members. 

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