Community Health Initiative Project (CHIP)

Community Health Initiative Project (CHIP)

CHIP is a community based health project that looks at and takes care of the immediate health needs of the people. CHIP works in concert with the community, governmental bodies, multinationals and other relevant development agencies to help communities combat the many life threatening health issues they are faced with.
Rural Communities in Nigeria and especially in the Niger Delta are plagued with some complex health issues and these accounts for the high death rate in these communities. Health problems range from water related diseases to malnutrition, infant/maternal mortality/morbidity, HIV/AIDS and a decline in health facilities and services.
Nutrition: Malnutrition is another major health problem where children aged 0-5 years are mostly affected. Malnutrition cases range from severely malnourished to moderately malnourished and to mildly malnourished. Causes of these can be attributed to lack of correct breast feeding methods, faulty weaning practices and household food insecurity.
CHIP aims to build clients' capacities on good nutritional supplements and food value.
HIV/AIDS: The HIV/AIDS pandemic has received worldwide attention and enlightenment campaigns aimed at creating awareness on the prevention of the disease. Inspite of this widespread campaign, it is sad to note that many Nigerians have poor knowledge of the disease – most Nigerians recognize AIDS as fatal, but just 50% know about the means of transmission or prevention. In Nigeria, the HIV prevalence rate among adults aged between 15 – 49 years is about 3.9%. Nigeria has the third largest number of people living with HIV (source – Wikipedia). The HIV epidemic is complex and varies widely by region. In some states, the epidemic is more concentrated and driven by high risk behaviors, while other states have more generalised epidemics that are sustained primarily by multiple sexual partnerships in the general population. Youths and young adults in Nigeria are particularly vulnerable to HIV, with young women at higher risk than young men. There are many high risk factors that contribute to the spread of HIV, including prostitution, high risk practices amongst itinerant workers, high prevalence of STIs, clandestine high risk heterosexual and homosexual practices, international trafficking of women and irregular blood screening.
The implication of the HIV/AIDS scenario places additional burden on medical care provision, increases the number of orphaned children, reduces the availability of labour (as it involves the active and productive work force) and ultimately has an adverse impact on economic development. HIV/AIDS is a health problem that needs constant attention.
CHIP aims to promote HIV/AIDS prevention, and provide care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Reproductive Health: Women and girls in Nigeria face daily challenges in leading healthy, fully productive lives. Nigeria has about 40% rate of illiteracy among women and one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. Unwanted pregnancies result in unsafe abortion practices amongst young girls and women of reproductive age. Lack of sexuality education, good nutrition, non-use of contraceptives, faulty health services all contribute to the rise in mortality rate of women and infants. CHIP aims to promote programs that will help reduce barriers to safe motherhood. CHIP will engage families and entire communities, through religious and community leaders, to recognise the benefits of family planning and the need to meet the reproductive health needs of young people. We plan to expand community level access to family planning information and commodities to ensure informed reproductive health decision making by women and their families. CHIP raises awareness about maternal health risk and mobilises action to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women. Contraceptive usage is promoted amongst women for family planning purposes.
Health Care Delivery: Poor health facilities in communities especially in the grassroots areas are also a contributory factor to the problems of health in our society. Most health centres and hospitals are poorly funded and ill-equipped with little or no facilities, drugs and appropriate health personnel.
CHIP would assist communities engage in a drug revolving fund scheme where basic drugs and first aid kits will be obtained at affordable prices. Capacities' of leaders of community stakeholder groups will be enhanced to advocate for proper health care delivery.

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