Vision Spring Initiatives partnering with POSITIVE ACTION FOR TREATMENT ACCESS and others visited a total of four (4) health service centres toward ensuring that robust services are provided to service recipients. Some of the services received at the centres visited include: Family planning, HIV Counselling and Testing, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, Counselling, TB treatment (DOT). Facilities visited include Onigbongbo LCDA, Oregun LCDA and General Hospital Epe. Some of the successes of the services provided as recorded by our staff include:
have strong referral system, treat all cases from other smaller units
Have record of all cases treated and registered monthly, sex and age disaggregated
Patients attended to timely and in a professional manner
Provide robust VCT services
Follow up with patients
Training beneficiaries are staff of the centre, so sustainability is ensured.
Some of the challenges recorded included the following:
Lack of drugs; there is constant drug stock out
Follow up is a challenge, there is high migration of patients
The protocol and processes before drugs are procured is worrisome
From February to November 2017, Vision Spring Initiative through consultancies built the capacity of 15 nascent CBOS on proposal Writing, governance, Safety and Security, Human Rights Education and Resource Mobilisation. These trainings were geared towards building the capacities of these organisations to support service delivery to its constituencies under the Global Fund new Funding Model.
The goal of the project was to enhance beneficiary’s capacity on SRHR decision making and subsequently become advocates on SRHR issues at their various areas of influence.
The objective of the project which was collation of entries, award ceremony and training on ending unsafe abortion include the following:
● Promote sexual and reproductive health knowledge amongst adolescents aged 18-24. ● Partner with adolescents to end all forms of abortion stigma ● Create awareness on the challenges of unsafe abortion and build capacity and knowledge of beneficiaries to reach out to peers ● Enhance capacity of young persons to commence advocacy for repeal of negative abortion laws in partnership with Vision Spring Initiatives ● Increase knowledge on safer sex practices which will ultimately be stepped down to other adolescents, leading to reduced unsafe abortion and stigma.
Our greatest lesson was the desire of young people to be equipped with information. During the award ceremony, we had to spend extra two hours responding to SRHR needs of young people. We also realized that young people have been socialized to think that abortion stigma is necessary to stop young people from engaging in abortion.
We are planning to make the event either a yearly or biennial event. The first prize of laptop computer was won by an undergraduate of Yaba College of Technology who is very excited to own a laptop computer to facilitate her course work. The second prize winner is a youth activist is really excited, while the third winner is a fresh undergraduate of University of Lagos and currently interning with the organisation. We will like to be able to do more in the coming year and keep building knowledge on safe abortion and how girls can support themselves instead of stigma.
Poem by Tobi-First prize winner I am unashamed:By Oluwatobi Ayodele I am unashamed I am uncompromising I am bold I am compassionate
I care for myself I care for my health I care for my future I care for my family!
I walk out fearless Fearless of the discrimination Fearless of the hate Fearless of the stigma!
Stigma that comes before abortion Stigma that comes after abortion Stigma that comes the month after and the year after Stigma that stays for life!
But do you know I am a woman as you are? That I have rights as you do? That I have beliefs as you do? That I have a future as you do?
And I need support not shame I need comfort not comments I need love not rejection I need understanding not judgements!
And that abortion is safe And it doesn’t make me less feminine That abortion is clean and healthy And it should be legalized not stigmatised!
Enough of the stigma! Enough of the discrimination! Enough of the negativity! Enough of the hate!
I stand to raise awareness of our rights and advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies to legalize abortion in our country and mobilising girls and women against all forms of stigma!!!