Working Together; Building Healthier Future 
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 06:08 AM
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Korean Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI) and ARFH meets to discuss cooperation strategy for the Nigerian Health Sector

‘Health is Wealth’ goes the popular saying and therefore in every country, the health sector is critical to social and economic development with ample evidence linking productivity to quality of health care. In Nigeria, the vision of becoming one of the leading 20 economies of the world by the year 2020 is closely tied to the development of its human capital through the health sector. However, the health indicators in Nigeria have remained below country targets and internationally-set benchmarks including the MDGs, which have recorded very slow progress over the years. In order to meet the challenges of achieving improved health status particularly for its poorest and most vulnerable population, the Nigerian health system must be strengthened; proven cost-effective interventions must be scaled up and gains in health must be sustained and expanded. ARFH continues to work with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other development partners to expands innovative and proven cost-effective interventions across the nation

Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI) an independent Think Tank in the field of international development based in Korea visited ARFH as part of a research focus on “Cooperation strategy of health sector for 8 African priority partner countries” including Nigeria for the Korea International Cooperation Agency. In order to respond to the need for establishing cooperation strategy of health sector for African partner countries, they are conducting a comprehensive study focusing on situation analysis and policy recommendation. Their visit to ARFH was to discuss the general conditions and major issues of health sector in Nigeria, explore health systems and policies and find out current situation of international development support to Nigeria and results generated.

The team from Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI) was welcomed by Mrs. Kehinde Osinowo, Director of Program, Mr. Joseph Majiyagbe, Director of Finance & Admin, Dr. Queen Ogbuji, TB Project Coordinator, Dr. Abiodun Hassan, M&E Coordinator, Mrs. Bukola Ehimatie, HIV M&E Manager and Olusola Atoloye, Persoanl Assistant to the President/CEO

Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI) team was led by Mr. Kung Chul Lee and was accompanied by Moon S. Hong and Dr. Jung Han Park. Re-shaping Development Institute (ReDI) works to develop strategies for sustainable development and poverty eradication while contributing to global solidarity and providing alternative ideas for international development cooperation.
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Keke-ARFH: Community-based Reproductive Health Outreach Project 
Monday, November 4, 2013, 05:55 PM
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An innovative approach for delivering community-based reproductive health services
By: Mrs. Idowu Victoria

ARFH’s Community-based Mobile reproductive health Service (keke-ARFH) brings reproductive health including family planning information and methods to the people rather than requiring them to visit health facilities. The community-based mobile health outreach is an extension of activities going in ARFH’s main clinic in Ibadan. The goal of the program is to increase access to reproductive health services including family planning methods thereby increasing contraceptive prevalence rate among the people in communities in Ibadan, south- western Nigeria. Outreach activities take place weekly from Monday to Thursday, 11:30am to 3:30pm.

This is a solution to the human resource challenges of health care systems in Nigeria. With mobile services, a team of health care providers travels from a health facility to a community to offer reproductive health including family planning services and methods in areas where services are limited or do not exist. This strategy takes more planning but greatly improves method choice at the community level.

For Keke-ARFH, a usual mobile outreach day begins with awareness creation (usually a song is sang in the local dialect by the health officer) when entering the community or area to build demand. The community health officer, Mrs. Idowu drives a painted tricycle to the venue in order to attract community members to services provided. Clients are counseled generally on reproductive health issues bothering them and non-prescriptive services are provided based on the need of the client while referrals are made for the prescriptive services when available on the field which is provided by the clinic staff or referrals are made to the clinic.

Records of activities going on the field are kept and up to date and client follow-up is also ensured to enable continuity of care. The tricycle is returned and packed in ARFH main compound and prepared for activities of the following day.
Communities where the mobile services are provided include;
• Oje Market
• Yemetu
• Ikolaba

Activities carried out in the areas include;
• Creating awareness
• Health Education
• Couple and individual counseling on Family planning
• Distribution of male and female condoms
• Administration of injectables by clinic staff
• Insertion of implants
• Referral to ARFH main clinic for IUCD, implants, treatment of other minor ailments and STIs, and laboratory services
• Demand creation for services provided in ARFH e.g. main clinic, laboratory, YDP ,library, Computer training center, Browsing center
• Distribution of IEC materials e.t.c

The community health mobile outreach started in October, 2010 by the ARFH community health officers namely, Mrs. Idowu Victoria, Mrs. Eludipo, Mrs. Oluyori F. and Mrs. Adediji. The outreach program was birth in order to reintegrate the main responsibility of community health officers. The program is in its 3rd year with Mrs. Idowu Victoria as the community health officer.

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African Regional Conference on Population and Development Regional Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014 
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Association for Reproductive and Family Health participates in African Regional Conference on Population and Development Regional Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014 - Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The future we want for Africa in Addis Ababa, 03 October 2013 (ECA) – Solving some of Africa’s toughest problems requires the necessary political will, United Nations Population Fund Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin told a gathering of African ministers at a breakfast meeting before the start of the Ministerial Session of the African Regional Conference on Population and Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — at UNECA, Addis Ababa.

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