Did you recall the viral mockumentary “Death to 2020 that starred Samuel L. Jackson and many others in the first year of the pandemic? The humor and its intended duty?
This is not a death to 2022 sequel ? No! Not at all but a pathway to 2023.
We have always prioritized the community we serve. A flashback of some of the touchpoints of our journey in 2022 include:
- Provision of financial support to 550 households of PALs and BU patients in 15 states of southern Nigeria.
- Provision of financial support to 350 households of PWDs in Awgu and Aninri LGAs of Enugu State.
- Donation of PPE materials to 3 referral centres (St. Joseph’s Hospital Adazi, Mile 4 Hospital, and St. Benedict’s Rehabilitation Hospital Ogoja).
- Organized 2 radio phone-in programmes to create awareness on Covid-19 prevention measures and the need to get vaccinated.
- Ran a Social behavioral change campaign on radio across 10 States on NTDs.
- Ugba, Amorji Nike Community, Enugu humanitarian intervention; food items and WASH materials were donated to the community.
Also, in support of the National Program, we conducted these pieces of training within the year in review:
- Training on COMMCARE APP for leprosy contact tracing – April 2022
- GHWs Refresher training was conducted in Dannic Hotels Enugu in May 2022
- The TBLSs training that used to be in Zaria was successfully done in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State by the RAN team from 19 – 28 September 2022.
- Rehabilitative Surgery Training at Ogoja from 5-9 December 2022
- RAN sponsors leprosy clinical exposition for UNTH medical students at Mile 4 – on-going
Our funded projects graciously secured include:
• Hackathon Audiopedia Project: Phase 2: January to November 2022.
Project Title: “Mainstreaming Audiopedia as a tool to improve knowledge and access to health and development information in Nigeria”. Aim: Contributing to the attainment of SDGs 3, 4, and 5 by promoting access to health information and information on other development services among women and girls in Nigeria. Various audio-enabling devices were used to access messages. Health messages are translated and voiced in Hausa, Yoruba, and Pidgin to reach the vast majority of the population. Conducted in 10 selected states in Northcentral, Southwest, Southeast, and South-South Nigeria.
• DON’T FORGET LEPROSY – February to May 2022
Title: Factors affecting the socio-economic situation of Persons affected by Leprosy
(Hansen’s Disease) and their Family members in southern Nigeria
Research Project done to determine the current socio-economic status (and the
predictors) of persons affected by Hansen’s disease, especially in the context of COVID
19 pandemic and current situation of stigma and discrimination in southern Nigeria – in
SE: Ebonyi & Enugu, SS: Akwa Ibom & Cross River, and SW: Ondo & Ogun States.
• LRI Audio-written intervention – “Audio and written interventions to improve the perception of leprosy” (June 2022 – May 2024).
• Catalyst project from Effect Hope, Canada which is titled “Improving physical and mental well-being of persons affected by NTDs: a 4-arm cluster-randomized trial” (October 2022 – March 2024).
• TB REACH Wave 10 project – “Expanding Coverage and Access to Person-centered Quality TB and Mental Health Care through Integrated Services Delivery in Southern and Central Nigeria”.
We couldn’t have achieved all these without the incredible support of our partners, donors, stakeholders, and the community we serve. We strongly believe to do more in our humanitarian interventions. This is a pathway to the year,2023; to achieve more community-led projects and most importantly, to take this journey with you.
Thank you for an Impactful 2022.