Gabasawa Women and Children Empowerment Initiatives (GWCI) promotes health care services through advocacy, awareness creation and education of members of communities and the larger Nigerian society on danger inherent in infectious diseases such as STIs and HIV/AIDs, Ebola, Lassa fever. Others include air and water borne communicable diseases. The organization also creates awareness about sickle cell anemia, asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiac arrest and the need for the Nigerian Government to subsidize the treatment of such diseases and for the society to improve on their healthy life style. The organization pays medical fees to offset medical bills of orphans and vulnerable children, less privilege children, pregnant women, poor women and less-privilege youths.
In view of the widespread prevalence of poverty in Nigeria, GWCI leverages on partnerships with domestic and international professional bodies to to cover as many communities in Nigeria as are accessible. For children in Lagos State, GWCI conducted baseline assessment of the overall status of the child using the CSI (Children Status Index) tool provided by its major implementing partner Hope Worldwide Nigeria (HWWN). In addition to baseline assessment, Malaria testing for a total number of 750 vulnerable children (VC) and 250 caregivers was successfully carried out in Agboyi community, Lagos State (2012). A de-worming exercise for 100 VC was also achieved alongside malaria in partnership with the Primary Health Center. RDT test were used to test children and caregivers for malaria and those who tested positive were referred to the PHC for drugs.
GWCI health and nutrition strategies utilizes the child focused and family centered approach to extend health and nutritional knowledge and services to reach women, infants, and children who are less likely to be present in clinics in order to reach more children at household level. We also employ the service of healthcare professionals to provide training in basic domestic healthcare practices for caregivers. These practical training are designed to achieve ownership and responsibility on the part of the caregivers and to ensure the sustainability of healthcare delivery.
At GWCI, we have trained volunteers to conduct regular home visits to households at least once in a quarter, during which they will provide nutritional education with counseling and support to households. During home visits, volunteers will provide education on water, sanitation and hygiene, HIV prevention and care.
Nutritional and health education as well as HCT is also be provided during kids club and caregivers meeting. GWCI volunteers, during home visits also refer caregivers to centers where they will get services such as additional nutritional education, HIV counseling and testing, Family planning services, immunization and growth monitoring clinic, PMTCT, ANC, and ART services.
Gabasawa Women and Children Empowerment Initiatives (GWCI) with funding support from Global Funds have carried extensive tuberculosis awareness campaign in three communities in Lagos state. These include Alimosho Local Government areas; all Hausa communities in Lagos state, and the Yam Market and Oba’s Palace in Mile-12 market. Trained community volunteers who are community based refer the suspected cases to the DOT centers for test and treatment.