We are also involved in providing health facilities in three areas – Kirikiri (Lagos), Ozoro and Okpara Inland.
In Nigeria, with the help of the Global Fund and individual state funding, there is a movement towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Three that we work on especially in our health care work are:
• MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality – the target is to reduce by two-thirds by 2015 the under-5 mortality rate
• MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health – the target is to reduce by three quarters by 2015 the maternal mortality rate.
• MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases – the target to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and also the incidences of malaria and other diseases.
We have a long way to go and it is unlikely that the goals will be achieved by 2015. However some progress is being made. Continued advocacy for allocation of resources and the giving of basic health education to all people is a very important aspect of our work.
1. St. Joseph’s Clinic, Kirikiri is a clinic to which approximately 120 patients attend daily. Apart from general medical care St. Joseph’s provide care for HIV/AIDS, T.B., ante and post-natal patients etc. Kirikiri is a very poor part of Lagos, and so the clinic serves a great social need in the area, providing much quality healthcare at an affordable cost.
2. St. Mary’s Clinic, Ozoro is also a clinic, situated in a small town, where most of the inhabitants are very poor. The main work in the clinic is ante and post-natal care. During the past few years there has been a concerted educational/medical drive to help pregnant mothers and their children – especially in the areas of malaria prevention and general pregnancy care.
3. St. Francis’ Hospital, Okpara Inland is a small general hospital Hospital for adults and children situated in a very poor rural town. It offers maternity care and general medical facilities. It was lately designated as a centre for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients and has received special funding to enable the staff provide the necessary care for the increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases presenting for treatment. The Hospital also takes responsibility for the running of a rural health clinic in Usiefrun, an isolated approximately 15 km from Okpara Inland.