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Blindness remains a major problem of public health significance in Nigeria. The National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey for Nigeria which was conducted in 2008, estimates that 1.1 million Nigerian adults are blind and an additional 3 million have visual impairment. Overall, 42 out of every 1000 adults aged 40 and above are blind. It is also estimated that 88% of the blindness and visual impairments in Nigerian are due to avoidable causes; most commonly cataract.
In line with Sustainable Development Goal 3 aimed at promoting good health and wellbeing, the Foundation will support free eye care services as part of its flagship and strategic initiative –“Vision for a Brighter Future”. Resources will be channelled into the provision of comprehensive eye care services; including cataract surgeries, improving and correcting refractive errors in underserved communities in high need states as well as screening, treating eye ailments in public schools and early detection of glaucoma, the silent killer.
The key objectives of the “Vision for a Brighter Future” intervention include:
- To reduce the prevalence of cataract in targeted states.
- To reduce the burden of preventable blindness by correcting cases of refractive errors in adults in targeted states.
- To screen children in public schools for refractive errors in targeted states.
- To improve the capacity of health workers on primary eye care in targeted states.
- To increase awareness on preventable blindness in targeted states.
The 5th Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS-5), conducted in Nigeria in 2016/2017, shows a newborn mortality rate of 37 deaths per 1000 births and an under-five mortality rate of 120 deaths per 1000 births. At these mortality levels, one in every 15 Nigerian children die before reaching the age of 1 year and one in every eight do not survive to their fifth birthday. According to the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) report for 2013, Nigeria achieved practically no reduction in Maternal Mortality Rate which is reported at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births. Given that these deaths are preventable, urgent action needs to be taken for Nigeria to reach its Sustainable Development Goals 3, Target 3.1 and 3.2.
In order to contribute in reversing this trend, the Foundation aims to support implementation of evidence-based, innovative, high-quality and sustainable interventions to ensure every mother can experience a healthy pregnancy and childbirth; and every child can thrive to realize their full potential, through its “Healthy Mother, Healthy Child” programme.
The aim of the Foundation’s “Healthy Mother, Healthy Child” is to contribute to reducing the prevalence of under-five and maternal mortality rates in Nigeria.
The key objectives of the Foundation’s “Healthy Mother, Healthy Child” include:
- To reduce the prevalence of under-five and maternal mortality in targeted states.
- To reduce the proportion of women and their new-borns without basic and emergency care by skilled birth attendants in targeted states.
- To improve the capacity of health workers to offer maternal and Child Health services through strengthened health systems in targeted states.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of 17 viral, parasitic and bacterial infections that infect more than a billion people globally. Twelve of these are currently targeted in Nigeria, with more than 100 million people affected by or at risk of one or more of these NTDs. There is a global movement to control and eliminate NTDs by the year 2020. The Foundation is committed to this goal.
Our goal is to reduce morbidity, disability and mortality due to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Taraba State through;
- The control of Onchocerciasis to a point it is no longer a disease of public health importance in Taraba State
- The elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis as a disease of public health importance in Taraba State.
About Rufkatu Danjuma Maternity
In line with its vision of providing access to quality healthcare delivery, the TY Danjuma Foundation collaborated with Development Africa; a charity and international non-governmental organization to develop a modern, sustainable, and specialized mother and child facility in Takum Local Government, Taraba State.
The project commenced on October 24,
The primary aim of the RDM Centre is to provide enhanced service delivery of maternal and perinatal healthcare to Takum Local Government and surrounding communities. The Centre will strengthen already existing health systems within the Local Government and the state as a whole by providing the following services; maternal and child care, family planning, control of sexually transmitted infections, and management of common diseases in adults and children. In addition, the RDM boasts of a 24-hour ambulance service.
The Center has residential quarters for doctors and nurses to ensure the availability of health personnel at the Center 24 hours a day. It also has a solar system to provide power backup to RDM. The facility also boasts of an industrial borehole, with an attached water treatment facility.
This project is not only contributing to addressing the challenges of maternal and child mortality and morbidity in and around