COURTESY VISIT TO IMO STATE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

The Hon. Commissioner for Health, Women Affairs and Social Development, Barr (Mrs) Ngozi Njoku, recently played host to Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS). The occasion was a courtesy visit by the Imo State Team to brief the newly appointed commissioner on the programs of ECEWS, coverage and accomplishments.

Dr. Tochukwu Noh, the ECEWS State Program Manager for Imo State who led the ECEWS delegation on the visit congratulated the Hon. Commissioner on her well-deserved appointment, and thanked the Ministry for the tremendous support to the program of ECEWS in Imo State. He used the opportunity to update the Commissioner on activities of the organization in the state including comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, and care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS under the CDC/PEPFAR-funded Local Capacity Enhancement Project (LOCATE) Programme. According to the State Program Manager, ECEWS has expanded access, enabling 133,017 individuals to know their HIV status. 1571 individuals living with HIV have been provided with care and treatment services across 2 comprehensive facilities, with 288 families benefiting from the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Additionally 471 orphans and vulnerable children have been provided with healthcare, nutrition, protection, and educational services under the project. Health systems have been strengthened through capacity building for health workers in various domains of HIV intervention, infrastructural development, and quality control.

Responding, the Hon. Commissioner, expressed appreciation for the work of ECEWS in the state, and thanked staff and volunteers for their commitment and contribution to efforts made at halting and reversing the trend of HIV in the state. She pledged her continuous support of the work of the organization, noting that they were in alignment with the Governor’s vision of touching lives.

Also in attendance at the visit was Dr. Joseph Okeagu – Permanent Secretary, Dr. Emeh Desmond – State AIDS Program Coordinator, a representative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and a team from the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH).

The LOCATE project, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the US President Emergency Funds for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is in its third year of operation. The Project is implemented in Okigwe Senatorial Zone covering the six LGAs – Okigwe, Onuimo, Isialla Mbano, Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma and Obowo, supporting services in 37 health facilities and one Community Based Organization – Community Life Advancement Project (CLAP).

 

Poverty Reduction

Despite Nigeria’s huge agricultural resources and oil wealth, poverty is widespread with some 70% of Nigerians living on less than US $1.25 a day. The situation is worst in rural areas where up to 80 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and social infrastructures are limited.

At ECEWS we believe that when people have the power to claim their fundamental rights, they can escape poverty-permanently. This belief underscores our poverty reduction programmes. With our partners and with local communities, we help ultra-poor people to claim their rights for themselves.

OUR COMMITMENT IN ACTION

  • Macro enterprise and homestead farming training for ultra-poor families
  • Safe motherhood through Conditional Cash Transfer
  • ECEWS Nka Uforo Iban Market Women Empowerment Project

HEALTH CARE

HEALTH CARE

ECEWS has been the go-to source for more than a decade for information, skill development and services in HIV and AIDS, community and healthcare.

HIV and AIDS

ECEWS is uniquely placed to tackle HIV among the most-at-risk populations. Through our volunteers and staff in Nigeria, we address everyday healthcare needs of people living with HIV and AIDS and their families across the communities we work. Our activities include;

  • Advocacy
  • Behavioural change communication
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT)
  • Palliative care and support services
  • Anti-retroviral treatment
  • Referral services

Some of our HIV and AIDS project are;

-ECEWS MACC4 PROJECT

-AKS/World Bank Assisted HIV and AIDS project

-Local Capacity Enhancement (LOCATE) Project

 

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE

For the past twelve years, we have initiated and took part in several community healthcare interventions targeting the most vulnerable people in the communities we work. Thanks to our teaming volunteers and partners who made this possible. These interventions included medical outreaches, mass deworming, malaria intervention, water and sanitation.

Confidentiality, stigma and discrimination have been a major hindrance to health care services to the most-at-risk population. With support from UNFPA, ECEWS runs an innovative Health Confidence Centre in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital for the provision of sexual and reproductive health services in a confidential, relaxed and friendly environment away from stigma and discrimination.

STRENGTHENING HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

ECEWS’ approach to healthcare system strengthening builds on the peculiar context, needs and realities of the institutions we work with and uses activities addressing the operational and capacity constraints that may block access to, and use of priority health services.

We believe that we can be most effective with healthcare systems in three areas;

  • Contributing to the global knowledge base on best practices and innovative approach
  • Working in partnership to improve systems productivity
  • Bringing together health system leaders and experts to share experience

Limited availability of trained health professionals represents a significant barrier to healthcare access. ECEWS supports the training of healthcare personnel in Nigeria.

We also support operations in the area of equipment and supplies, information renovation, advocacy for stronger government involvement and improved leadership.

Our commitment in action

  • Training to improve logistic management of HIV&AIDS products
  • Training to improve management of early childhood infection
  • Training in management of ART through e-training
  • Providing generator back-up electricity at facilities

Our Mandate

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Education

Education is a right, like the right to have proper food or a roof over your head. Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education”. Education is not only a right but a passport to human development. It opens doors and expands opportunities and freedoms. It contributes to fostering peace, democracy and economic growth as well as improving health and reducing poverty.

In Nigeria, millions of children do not go to school. There are no schools in their villages, there are not enough trained teachers available and parents have no money to pay for school fees, uniforms and materials.

The challenges of underfunding, poor infrastructures, inadequate classrooms and teaching aids, and paucity of teachers/poor learning environment underscored ECEWS’ entry and programs in the education sub-sector

ECEWS education programmes focused on complementing the efforts of government and other partners in salvaging the educational challenges especially as they affected access for those in vulnerable settings and targeted capacity building, indiscipline and infrastructures.

We work with individuals, families, teachers, communities, governments, local partners and advocacy groups to provide access to education for people in most vulnerable settings through educational scholarships, training of teachers, donation of text books, donation of computers to schools, uniforms, and writing materials, as well as monitoring.

 

Our Commitment in Action

  • ECEWS against examination malpractice
  • Schools’ computer project
  • Essay competitions
  • Capacity building of teachers/school administrators
  • School uniform/writing material project