HEDEN engages rural communities in a variety of projects aimed at improving the quality and increase communities’ utilization of health care and services. Providing rural communities with access to quality health care is a key focus of HEDEN.
Rural communities often face severe health problems. Functioning health centres and facilities are commonly far away, quality of care may well be low, and the cost of transport can be a major obstacle. As a result many people in rural communities hesitate to get medical care for themselves or their family members until their condition becomes acute – when it is often too late. Lack of access to health care in rural areas contributes to high mortality rates among children, who often die from from preventable and treatable illnesses such as dehydration, pneumonia and malaria.
HEDEN is changing this by developing innovative approaches for health care delivery to rural communities. Through our rural health program HEDEN has continued to reach out to communities and community health centres.
Sexual And Reproductive Health
Our work to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and youth is directed at achieving total change for population-wide health improvements. In doing this, we collaborate with individuals and organisations whose work impacts on the sexual and reproductive health.
HEDEN works to increase the knowledge of out-of-school young people about their reproductive health, Creating access to comprehensive sexuality education in schools and communities, and improve access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
Maternal And Child Health
Maternal and newborn health is a core component of countless of our programmes. It is fundamental to our commitment to support the right of women to enjoy good sexual and reproductive health. The situation of newborn and its contribution to child mortality cannot be overemphasized. All children, no matter where they are born, deserve a good and healthy start in life. But the sad reality is that every year, about 4 million newborns die within the first two months of life. About 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries like Nigeria. Sadly though, these deaths are so easily preventable. Three quarter (3/4) of these newborn deaths can be prevented through simple but cost effective method, through information, education, communication and intervention strategies such as antibiotics for pneumonia, knit caps to keep babies warm and Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS)
Our Sweet Mother Program, empower parents and families with knowledge, resources, skills and behaviour to ensure safe motherhood, healthy children and a good start in life for newborns.
We employ counselling sessions, entertainment-education, visual and auditory aids to promote breastfeeding, immunizations, and Oral Rehydration Therapy, and treated bed nets to prevent malaria. We have continued to engage community leaders in addressing the barriers that limit women’s access to life-saving maternal health care, including lack of life-saving information. We create access to quality family planning/contraception and reproductive health care.
The program is carried out in community health centres and reached over 3,000 nursing and pregnant women. In all, about 1,200 babies have been safely delivered, vitamin A, mosquito nets, oral rehydration solution and anti-malarial drugs are also distributed, along with the instruction relating to all of these.
HEDEN works to achieve universal access to reproductive health care – Millennium Development Goal 5- which leads to healthier women, stronger families, and more stable, prosperous communities.
Investing in reproductive health — in particular, family planning and maternal health services — is a cross-cutting and cost-effective solution to achieving progress on all of the Millennium Development Goals. Access to voluntary family planning saves the lives of women and children, reduces poverty, promotes environmental sustainability, increases security, and allows women to pursue educational and income-generating opportunities.
We work with our partners to ensure that INFORMATION AND SEVICES ON reproductive health are accessible to women and girls, especially in hard to reach communities.
HEDEN leverages high-impact awareness campaigns to engage the communities and households to rally leadership and action to accelerate development, build capacity and save lives. Malaria persists as a major health issue for nearly half the world’s population living in the poorest parts of the world.
- Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria
- Each year, malaria infects over 200 million people, killing nearly one million
- Malaria costs the African continent $12 billion a year in economic loss
Malaria causes 15 out of 100 deaths in children in Nigeria. Also, it causes 11 out of 100 deaths in pregnant women. It also causes a lot of illness among pregnant women. Malaria is the cause of most illness in children. These illness is the cause of their frequent visit to hospital, absence from school and poor performance in academics. For this reason, malaria is most dangerous in children because it can kill a child within 12 days after symptoms have appeared.
At HEDEN, We work to prevent malaria deaths in communities we serve through several key initiatives, including: distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets
Our intervention focus on community-wide education on malaria and how it is spread and increasing disease diagnosis and treatment through health care provider trainings. We also help people stay in and adhere to treatment
In the face of much progress, Chronic and Communicable Diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Ebola, Fever, Tuberculosis (TB) or HIV still threaten the lives and well-being of millions of people around the world. For the past years, HEDEN has been implementing infectious disease programs, with our approaches targeted to suit the needs of the communities we work. Our approach focuses on strengthening the health system by building the capacity of health care workers at community levels through information, education and communication programs employing best practices.
In particular strengthening the capability of caregivers & guardians with parenting education and economic strengthening so they can better address the needs of all children under their care.
In other to expand our program performances in the coming years, HEDEN will build its capacity and that of her staff to address neglected tropical diseases that persist throughout the world.
Water Sanitation And Hygeine
HEDEN works closely with the communities to improve their capacity in combating diseases through water, sanitation and hygiene. HEDEN supports the design and implementation of a common integrated approach, anchored on participatory and sustainable interventions. It works to improve access to safe water and adequate sanitation, as well as supporting the application of good hygiene practices and community water management.
In the communities we serve, the risk of waterborne disease is high due to poor hygiene, as many households lack functional toilets and running water. Very young children are especially vulnerable because their weak immune systems.
In order to safeguard the health of women, girls children and prevent them from contracting life-threatening diseases, HEDEN has been carrying out a regular WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) since 2011, with personal funds. One of the objectives is to reduce the practice of open defecation through the CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation) approach.
In carrying out our intervention, HEDEN has continued to employ community-based participatory approach to make the connection between their hygiene habits and the spread of diseases in the communities. As a result, the community themselves make the decision to change their behaviour without any financial nor material inducement.
Diarrhoea remains one of the main threats to child health and well-being in the developing world – each year killing nearly two million children under five and causing more than five billion disease episodes. Washing hands with soap at critical times – after contact with faeces and before handling food – could reduce diarrheal rates by up to 47 percent . However, rates of hand washing with soap remain low throughout the developing world and large-scale promotion of hand washing behaviour change is a challenge.
To address this challenge, HEDEN through “Clean Hands” project has continued to apply innovative promotional approaches to behaviour change to generate widespread and sustained improvements in hand washing with soap at scale among women of reproductive age (ages 15-49) and primary school-aged children (ages 5-9). The project is being implemented through personal funds and with technical support from Rainbow cards Limited. It is currently being tested in some communities.