Phone : 08036675293, 07030661292 Email : email@example.com Address : 25 Ezeudu Street off Zik’s Avenue Awka, Anambra State.
Malaria Eradication and Safe Health Initiative (MESHI) of Nigeria is a non-Governmental Organization based in Awka Anambra state. It is registered with the state Ministry of Women Affairs, Anambra state Agency for the Control of Aids (ANSACA), Association for Civil Societies Organization in Malaria, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with the exclusive mandate of exerting its abilities in the Eradication of Malaria as well as the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and other Neglected Tropical Diseases(NTDs) through the creation of needed enlightenment and education of the public in disease control and prevention strategies, and also through partnership with other National and international health agencies, health facilities and Government to facilitate access to better and qualitative health for our people. The organization has a board of trustees headed by the Chairman, Associate Prof. Dennis Aribodor, a Program officer, Monitoring and Evaluation officer (M&E), an Account officer and several registered members and volunteer staff in different communities in the state.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF MESHI NIGERIA
Our mission is to use every available resources and man power towards combating the scourge of various diseases that plagues mankind with the aim of achieving a Safe and a healthy living in the society.
In order to achieve its core objectives, the organization in JUNE 2013 entered into partnership with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) and the Centre for the Elderly, Youth and Family Development (CEYFAD) who are the Principal recipient and Sub-recipient of the Global Fund project to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) respectively to implement the project in the state. The health intervention project referred to as the Global Fund Round 9 phase 2 Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) was implemented by the organisation in Awka North and Awka South using Global Fund designated Health Facilities. The Organisation conducted monthly outreaches for Demand Generation in selected communities in Awka North and Awka South where patients with signs of these diseases (HIV, TB and Malaria) and pregnant women were referred to Primary Health Centres (PHC) and to Secondary Health facilities for severe cases for proper diagnosis and treatment. Patients diagnosed with Tuberculosis were sent immediately to TBL Awka to start their treatment. Several people have been diagnosed and many have successfully completed their treatment regimen for the disease. These Projects was aimed at maximizing the utilization of Primary Health Centres and subsequently reduce the transmission and burden of these diseases.
The organization also partnered with Society for Family Health (SFH) in 2013, for the implementation of the Global Fund malaria Project in Anambra. The organisation implemented this project in seven local governments Areas of the state which include Dunukofia, Anambra East, Anambra West, Oyi, Ayamelum, Awka North and Awka South. This project involves the creation of awareness/ sensitization on malaria control and prevention, free Rapid Diagnostic test (RDT) and free treatment with Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACT).
To implement this project in the state, the organization obtained a written permission (Letter of Consent) from the State Ministry of Education to carry out this project in all secondary Schools in Anambra State. Sensitization and Rapid Diagnostic test (RDT) on malaria and free treatment for positive patients with ACTs were carried out in public and private schools, Churches, Parks and markets in the State.
In order to engage the youths and create awareness, we carried out sensitizations in secondary schools in the state where the students were educated on the prevention and control strategies for HIV, TUBERCULOSIS and Malaria. Malaria clubs were formed in most of the schools in order to instil the culture of using long lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in the upcoming generation of the youths.
We at malaria Eradication and Safe Health Initiative of Nigeria (MESHI) recognizes the influential capacity of the media in dissemination of health information to the masses and the capacity to induce change in behaviour, we have partnered with UNIZIK FM radio station to periodically discuss on malaria, its dangers, preventive measure and the need to constantly utilize the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) among people.
We are currently involve in the vitamin angels, association for civil society organization on malaria, immunization and nutrition and Christian health association of Nigeria sponsored vitamin A supplements and albendazole distribution in Anambra.