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Physicians (Doctors) for Social Justice (PSJ)


 

Physicians (Doctors) for Social Justice (PSJ)


 

About PSJ

Physicians (Doctors) for Social Justice (PSJ) is a non-profit community-based development organization registered with the government of Nigeria.

Who We Are

PSJ uses innovative, practical, cost-effective solutions to reduce the burden of diseases & health challenges, while strengthening the capacities of marginalized rural communities to keep their women & children healthy.

How We Work

PSJ’s target groups are the most vulnerable populations in marginalized communities which includes; women and girls, children, young people, sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Who We Support

PSJ works with our network of community volunteers in the communities to provide healthcare, and comprehensive care and support to vulnerable families.

What We Are Doing

Vision and Mission

We envision a society where every individual in every rural community lives in optimal health and wellbeing.

A community of development workers and health professionals who seek to ensure that every family in every rural community in Nigeria has optimal access to essential services including healthcare, water and sanitation, education, and sustainable livelihood through  direct healthcare services delivery, community mobilization and engagement, capacity development, and micro grant making to vulnerable households.

Stories

Life Planning for Adolscent and Youth (LPAY). 72 Hour Make Over of Health Facilities to Foster Provision of Youth-Friendly SRH Services

LPAY

Strengthening Capacity of Communities for Sustained Delivery of Integrated HIV and SRH Services

STRECOMS

Vitamin A Supplementation and Albendazole (Deworming) Services for children 6-59 Months, and Provision of Multivitamins for Pregnant and/or Lactating Women.

VAS+D

Integrated Outreach-Based Mobile Clinics for Diagnosis and Treatment of Illnesses as well as Provision of Preventative Health Care Service Delivery in Poor Rural Communities in Niger State, Northern Nigeria.

Outreach

 

PSJ's programmatic initiatives have responded not only to the immediate development and humanitarian needs of vulnerable local communities they serve through direct service delivery, but also seek to tackle the root causes of their exclusion and marginalization, including lack of capacity, feeling of powerlessness, and lack of voice to shape public policy especially at the local level. PSJ’s initiatives to put communities they serve in the ‘driver’s seat’ of their own development are twofold. The first involves strengthening the functional and technical capacities of citizens of local communities to deliver services to their population. The second initiative uses human rights framework to promote awareness of rights as well as empower communities to engage in advocacy to demand for social services and provision of rural infrastructure.

One of the strategic objectives of PSJ’s community health program is to empower and build the capacity of communities in Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) to reduce deaths due to malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. In order to achieve this, PSJ began training of local people from within communities they serve, as village health assistants and community volunteers.  In the past six years, the organization has trained over 250 village health volunteers and 228 community HIV peer educators. For each village served by PSJ, at least two health volunteers are trained. Parts of the volunteers’ responsibilities include providing treatment for common ailments such malaria and diarrhea, and training parents in their respective communities on how to recognize common illnesses in their household members. Each local health volunteer is provided diagnostic tools and treatment supplies to conduct rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for suspected malaria cases, and initiate treatment once the cases test positive. This enabled early treatment especially for children under five who bear the greatest morbidity and mortality burden of malaria due to late initiation of treatment parents to start malaria treatment immediately, even before they reach the nearest health facility.

Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ) is an active member of the GlobalGiving community with a GG Rewards Leader status as of Dec. 31, 2018. We’reGG Badge proud to share some highlights from our past year together. Read More

Click on Either of the Global Giving Award Badges to support PSJ's work with a Donation Via the Global Giving Website

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