The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is implementing the EU-UNICEF supported Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of Childhood Illnesses in Adamawa and Kebbi states, this project was signed on the 30th of September, 2014 and activities commenced on October 1ST 2014. iCCM is being implemented in 801 communities spread across 20 LGAs and 111 wards in Adamawa state, and 725 communities across 21 LGAs and 153 wards in Kebbi state.
The goal of this initiative is Improved Child Health Services in Hard-to-Reach communities in Adamawa and Kebbi states, in contribution to the MDG 4 and 6 “reducing child mortality by two-thirds and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases”. iCCM is a strategy that provides curative health interventions to children under-5 years in hard-to-reach communities where access to health services is low. The grant seeks to build the capacity of Community Resource Persons (CORPs) in providing quality iCCM services, create access to life saving diagnostic, preventive and curative interventions, strengthen community health systems and establish linkages between health facilities and communities.
ARFH has trained 30 state trainers in the project states and these trainers are presently training 2000 CORPs in each state for the implementation of the iCCM strategy. With under-5 population of 826,273 and 704, 617, iCCM services are expected to reach a large number of children in Kebbi and Adamawa states respectively.