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Physicians (Doctors) for Social Justice (PSJ)


 

Physicians (Doctors) for Social Justice (PSJ)


 

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.

 

 

STRECOMS extension project is being implemented from a generous grant by ViiV Healthcare through the Positive Action for Children’s Fund (PACF). The STRECOMS Extension Project implementation which commenced in January 2018, is building on the achievements and impact of STRECOMS original project which ran from 2014–2016, by focusing on communities and schools, and targeting to keep 20,000 HIV negative adolescent girls and young women within the age group of (10-24) negative, and prevent unintended pregnancies among HIV positive women while linking women and their families to PMTCT and ART services in collaboration with communities, health facilities and the local health authorities. News

STRECOMS Extension project provides community level primary HIV prevention, SRH education, and HTC in two LGAs (Kontagora and Chanchaga) through selected trained Peer Educators. Targeted HIV prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) education are being implemented using the minimum prevention package of interventions (MPPI) strategies to reach Adolescent girls, Young and Women of reproductive age including pregnant and post-natal women (new Mothers), who would otherwise, not have access to such lifesaving information.

Key project components includes; advocacy visits to government policy makers and community leaders and gate-keepers, community dialogue with community stakeholders, community sensitization outreaches to community members (men inclusive) on HIV and SRH issues, Expanding access to modern family planning counselling and services to HIV-positive women and couples, mentoring support and strengthening the leadership capacity of women living with HIV, including mentor mothers and Association of Women Living With HIV (ASWHAN) members, institutional support to Association of Women Living with HIV (ASWHAN), provision of HIV test kits, multivitamins and other consumables to primary healthcare facilities targeting pregnant and post natal women, and deploying community-based mobile HTC services.

In the first year of the STRECOMS 2018 Extension project, January 10, 2018 – January 10, 2019, STRECOMS project achieved set targets for the six beneficiary groups. The target for the first year was to reach at least 50% of the cumulative target of direct beneficiaries for the total project duration of 24 months). STRECOMS Extension reached a total of 20277 direct beneficiaries including 16509 adolescents aged 10-19 years, 842 pregnant young women 20-24 years, 1647 non-pregnant young women 20-24 years, 330 pregnant women 25+ years, 322 non-pregnant women 25+ years, and 627 boys and men with combination of key HIV/SRH/HTC/ART and other PMTCT service deliverables. Services provided include HIV prevention education/SRH behaviour change communication activities to keep HIV negative women negative especially both in-school and out-of-school young girls aged 10-19years, and young women 20-24years, HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC), Linkage to PMTCT and ART for those who tested positive and/ or SRH/ family planning counselling and PHDP services for HIV-positive women and couples.

Key advocacy activities during this period include continuing engagement visits to school authorities (principals and vice principals), Director of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs, Director of Ministry of Health, Director-Child Ministry of Education, Family Life and Health Education (FLHE) desk officer of the Ministry of Education and the FLHE officers in the two Local council areas where the project is being implemented.

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

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