In furtherance of their commitment to women’s wellbeing and health, Access Bank is partnering with Project Asha to fight obstetric fistula in Nigerian rural communities. The purpose of this intervention is to create awareness of the condition and sensitize stakeholders of ways to support women suffering from Obstetric Fistula in the rural areas of Nigeria. It is expected that at the end of this intervention, 3000 members of the rural communities would have been impacted directly, with a multiplier effect expected to reach entire communities.
The intervention features four interactive discussions in strategic areas of the country, namely Sogunro, Lagos; Ughelli, Delta State and Kafanchan in Kaduna State. The need for urgent action on Obstetric Fistula is obvious. There are over million women suffering from Obstetric Fistula worldwide. Fewer than six in ten women in developing countries give birth without any trained professional such as a midwife or a doctor. The encouraging fact is that Obstetric Fistula is both preventable and treatable. What is needed to combat it is a concerted effort from all stakeholders to confront this disease from strategic points.
The project is to be attended by top community leaders, medical professionals and other health experts, as well as members of the communities. Different salient issues will be deliberated upon, with the expectation that attendees at the event will be fully enlightened and empowered to further spread information about the disorder.
The 2016 Step-down obstetric Fistula Project is supported by Access Bank PLC, as part of it commitment to the health of Nigerian women. Project Asha is a Non-profit organization whose main functions include offering advocacy, counseling, psychological and therapeutic support services for the vulnerable especially women, girls and PWD, who are victims of abuse, disenfranchisement and marginalization.
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