WHAT WE DO

HEALTH CARE

Mission and Objectives:

We at Odibu Foundation, Nigeria, are appealing to you for your help in keeping vulnerable people save from preventable disease and make them healthy in Nigeria. The Odibu Foundation seeks to provide mobile healthcare to address the problem of poor health access in Nigeria at no or low cost to patients. We seek to provide care for transmissible diseases such as HIV, as well as conditions like diabetes and hypertension. We are also concerned with providing specialized care for family planning. This would include access to free birth control, as well as pre-natal and post-natal care and care for infants.

The social program to be addressed?

Healthcare in Nigeria is not as accessible, affordable, or high-quality as the residents of Nigeria deserve. Nigeria has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. 16% of children die before their fifth birthday from completely preventable diseases like malaria and diarrhea. When treatment is many miles away, it is expensive to get to it, and many Nigerians simply cannot afford to get to a hospital or do not have transportation. We need to make affordable, high-quality healthcare more accessible to all Nigerians.

The solution our organization provides?

We provide direct care like medication to our communities, as well as the knowledge and tools needed to protect against preventable death. For example, we provide mosquito netting treated with insecticide, as well as anti-malarial drugs. We provide contraceptive to assist in family planning and to prevent the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS. We operate a clinic that treats patients for a range of concerns including malaria, malnutrition, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory infections. Our clinic operates free of charge and pairs private and public support to ensure the best quality care. We also offer direct funding, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment to local and partner healthcare facilities and coordinate with them to offer physical therapy and advisory services, thus creating a stronger network of healthcare support for our community. With support, we could offer even more to our community in the way of direct support to help remedy immediate healthcare concerns.

Aside from offering solutions for patients who are already ill, we also offer education on how to prevent illness. Education is key to solving problems like teen pregnancy, illness door to unclean water, and health conditions caused by poor nutrition or unsafe sexual practices. We would like to increase our education offerings, which currently include workshops and family planning meetings. We would like to offer health education in local schools and through community organizations that can draw many attendees. We would like to offer more diverse arrays of educational options, including virtual learning and apps that can help people learn about diet, exercise, pre-natal health and others health care. The more we can educate young people in our communities, the better chance Nigeria has of cutting down unnecessary deaths and creating a healthy, sustainable collective future.

We recognise that adequate nutrition during the 1,000 days window (from conception to the child's second birthday) produces a lifetime of benefits for individuals, families, and nations. We work to improve the nutrition of mothers, newborn babies, and children, with special attention to poor and vulnerable communities.

At Odibu Foundation, we believe that well-nourished children will have improved brain and physical development and have stronger immune systems to fight off diseases. Through partnerships we implement some of the largest nutrition or related development programmes in the country. We also advocate for increased government financial commitment for health and nutrition.

Our target beneficiary?

We have two levels of target beneficiaries. The first are our local and partner organizations, whom we support with medications, equipment, and supplies. The second are our community members themselves. We do not wish to confine ourselves to a particular demographic – we hope to serve all Nigerians, because all Nigerians deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare and prevention. That being said, we do have a passion for working with family planning and pre/post-natal care for mother and infant. We realize that family planning and infant care are both crucial to the overall health and wellbeing of our entire community, as a healthy community necessitates healthy children, and healthy children are the products of healthy parents who are prepared to raise them and provide for them.

How organization improve on existing efforts?

In some remote areas of Nigeria, there simply are no efforts – there are no other clinics, practices, or hospitals operating. In these areas, we provide direct family planning and preventative measures for common diseases, as well as our clinic. In areas where there are efforts being made, we improve on these efforts by supporting them. Where there are family practices or clinics, we provide them with supplies, medication, and education assistance.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Odibu Foundation is supporting the communities in Nigeria to provide access to these basic needs for children.

The Challenge

Poor access to improved water and sanitation in Nigeria remains a major contributing factor to high morbidity and mortality rates among children under five. The use of contaminated drinking water and poor sanitary conditions result in increased vulnerability to water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea which leads to deaths of more than 70,000 children under five annually.

Seventy-three per cent of the diarrhoeal and enteric disease burden is associated with poor access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and is disproportionately borne by poorer children. Frequent episodes of WASH related ill-health in children, contribute to absenteeism in school, and malnutrition. Only 26.5 per cent of the population use improved drinking water sources and sanitation facilities. Also, 23.5 per cent of the population defecate in the open.

Odibu Foundation works to provide access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation and to assist in providing sustainable solutions to water problems in Nigeria through free consultations, direct projects, awareness campaign, advocacy, capacity building and research.

Education:

In Nigeria, quality education availablity has been a major trend due to poor education provision in Nigeria. Better education give them a chance to gain valuable knowledge and skills, and to improve their lives. And it means when they grow up, their children will have a much better chance of surviving and thriving.

Odibu Foundation enables children in Cross River State, South- South of Nigeria access to quality education and an improved learning environment. Providing educational support to vulnerable children, Providing scholarship and supplying Scholastic materials to students Identifying, developing, promoting skills and talents amongst children. Constructing or supporting a standard school and resource center for relevant and holistic education and integral development. Supporting and ensuring and management of schools for progress and sustainability

Economic empowerment:

Economic Sustainability: They is very big social and economic problem which includes academic failure, teen pregnancy, delinquency, poverty, community disorganisation, gang membership (cultism) poor family management practices, parental criminality, parent-child separation, unemployment. To have some impact on the level of violence among youth, these diverse factors of vulnerability must be continuously addressed as part a holistic and pragmatic approach to crime prevention and reducing vulnerability.

Opportunities

  • Odibu Foundation support's and delivers tools, education, and channels to empower target families, economic self- reliance.
  • Identify, develop and or support income- generating activities.
  • Mobilize women in northern Cross River State into small groups for easy access to financial support, training, and marketing of their products.
  • Provide and support good managerial skills.
  • We improve access to finance for youth and youth-owned enterprises, for national development.
  • We have lifted thousands from poverty to prosperity.
  • And we have economic blueprint that will further guarantee employment, development, and economic prosperity for our people.
  • Generate much-needed employment opportunities to curb youth restiveness.
  • Boost the managerial capacity of the youth and develop their potential to become the future large corporate organizations.
  • Our objective is to reach 10,586 children, youth and women yearly in rural and sub& urban areas of South-South of Nigeria access quality at affordable health care, economic empowerment and education services in every financial year across our target population.

    Human Rights:

    We seek the promotion and protection of human rights defenders, civil and political rights as well as the realization of economic, social and cultural rights. We have improved people's access to information, freedom and justice through increased respect for their civil and political rights.

    We seek the promotion and protection of human rights defenders, civil and political rights as well as the realization of economic, social and cultural rights.

    We have improved people's access to information, freedom and justice through increased respect for their civil and political rights.

    We protect and expand freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly by promoting protective norms at regional, state and local levels in Cross River State.

    We have supported people in Yala against threats to civil freedoms and we identify challenges, sure as threats to freedom of association, assembly, and expression or attacks. We protect human rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

    We have supported people in Yala against threats to civil freedoms and we identify challenges, sure as threats to freedom of association, assembly, and expression or attacks. We protect human rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

    We worked towards preserving humanity in all circumstances and to strengthen the civil society, by protecting human rights violation like underdevelopment, economic pressures and various social problems.

    We ensured the protection of human rights of Nigeria citizens, by taking necessary steps for effective implementation of Human Rights Protection Act into matters relating to deprivation of human rights, denial Human Rights, and violation of Human Rights and also to call for stringent action against those who are responsible for perpetrating inhuman treatment and torture.

    We fervently stand against violation of human rights, environmental degradation, injustice, inequalities, atrocities, racial discrimination, against women, torture and numerous human rights abuses and to elevate awareness on human rights issues in general amongst the bureaucratic wings in particular, so as to secure basic freedom to all Nigeria citizens. Our organization has won many cases against government, police, politicians and many individuals.

    LGBTQIA Rights:

    The Foundation response to the discrimination and marginalisation of sexual minorities. As activists, we extremely care about the world and ensuring equality in it and as such we'll do everything within our power to ensure we can get equality for all and not for some. We are a courageous people. We are not afraid to take on the world in the pursuit of our goal.

    We advocate for laws and policies that will protect the dignity of those living in our community. Generate interest in and build skills and capacity for LGBTQIA+ poeple to strengthen leadership, engagement, and participation in political and public life.

    Develop and coordinate communication and advocacy strategies that encourage LGBTQIA+ individuals to use democratic mechanisms to mitigate intolerance, violence and discrimination.

    Engage supportive political, government, community, and/or religious leaders to promote political engagement and reduce intolerance and human rights abuse against LGBTQIA+ people.

    We not only fight for peace, we provide much needed emergency care to our LGBTQIA+ neighbors in the form of emergency transport funds, accommodation, medical treatment, legal help, and bail money.

    Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. The Odibu Foundation works for lesbian, trans, pansexual, non-binary, and gay peoples' rights, and with activists representing a range of identities. We expose abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Yala.LGBTQIA victims came to our foundation office for help because our work is to ensure that all LGBTQIA+ people's can enjoy their rights as human freely. We also fight against torture, harassment, discrimination, intimidation, arrest, detention, eviction, attack,unequal treatment, censorship, medical abuses, discrimination in health, jobs, housing, and family rights and recognition.

    We have helped 2012 LGBTQIA+people and impacted 4617 LGBTQIA+people directly and indirectly.

    Covid-19 has affected LGBTQIA community particularly Men who have sex with men to the affects of the disease.

    Difficulties in accessing health care services, Lack of access to work and livelihood. Vulnerability to violence and exploitation.

    LGBTQIA+ people experience health disparities, barriers to care cause them to be less likely to have compromised health in general. Health disparities magnify the impact COVID-19 have on them.

    LGBTQIA+ people experience higher rates of HIV/AID and of Cancer weekened immune systems that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

    LGBTQIA+ people regularly experience decrimination and lack of cultural competence when seeking health care. As a result, many avoid or delay seeking care even in emergency situations.

    Odibu foundation and frontline health workers embarked on public health education that has helped the LGBTQIA+people to adhere to all the covid-19 prevention protocols; maintaining social distance, regular hand washing, frequent using of alcohol based sanitizers and wearing of nose mask. These have drastically reduced the spike of the virus in LGBTQIA communities.

    Attacks on LGBTQIA+ People in Nigeria

    In Nigeria, LGBTQIA+ people face inequality, violence, and torture because of their identities. Arbitrary arrests and detention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Yala, along with a proposed draconian anti-LGBT bill, are causing serious economic hardship and psychological stress for LGBTQIA+ people. On 20th August, 2021, police in Yahe, in Northern Cross River State, assisted by other security forces, raided and unlawfully arrested 21 gay people, including 7 human rights defenders, a driver, and 27 participants, during a paralegal training workshop about how to document and report human rights violations against LGBTQIA+ people. Those detained were tortured for 10 days and sustained various degrees. With the help of the Odibu foundation, they were released on bail and charged with unlawful assembly. The case was later dismissed for lack of evidence. Several victims are undergoing medical treatment at the expense of the foundation.

    It is shocking that the police, who should be protecting citizens, raided a peaceful gathering and arrested the participants, then subjected them to ten days in harsh detention conditions on a charge that never should have been brought in the first place. Police erroneously justified the arrests on the grounds that the training session was promoting homosexuality and that the gathering was an unlawful assembly. Catherine, 30 years old and a lesbian, described the conditions in the cell where she was held with five other women as dungeon-like, with only a very small window and no light. She thanked Odibu Foundation for giving her and other inmates food and drinks. She was not able to access the support of her family while she was detained, saying I felt suicidal and really wanted to die while I was in there. Even though we are out on bail, by the generous support of Odibu foundation, I am still having suicidal thoughts because this is far from over.

    10-10-2021, in Ogboja (Northern Cross River State), assailants armed with wooden clubs and iron bars screamed that they were going to “cleanse” their neighborhood of gay people, dragging 14 young men from their houses and assaulting them. Six of the victims were marched to a police station, where they allegedly were kicked and punched by police officers who yelled hate speech at them. Police threatened that the men would be incarcerated for 14 years, he said, the maximum prison sentence under Nigerias new Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, dubbed the “Jail the Gays” law. One the of houses where the men lived has been painted with graffiti reading, “Homosexuals, pack and leave immediately. We went to the police station on Tuesday 10 October 2021 and met with an officer who ordered that the six men who had been in custody be released, because there was no evidence they were gay and they had not been caught having sex. Nine men were injured and others suffered bruises. They were treated at the expense of our organization at a safer clinic because they were afraid to go to the hospital. They said, the police slapped and kicked us and swore at us.

    In Ugboro, gay men were attacked while attending a wedding. Community boys entered the wedding venue, where they proceeded to disgrace, humiliate, and attack the men. Some of the victims suffered injuries, and they collected their phones, cash and others items from them. In addition, dozens of people have been arrested in Northern Cross River State South-South of Nigeria since President Goodluck Jonathan signed the bill into law in January. It not only forbids same-sex marriage, which carries a 14-year jail sentence, it makes it a crime for anyone, straight or homosexual, to hold a meeting of gay people or to advocate human rights for gay citizens. Convicted offenders can be jailed for up to 10 years.

    The objective of our proposed interventions is to have a very safe, peaceful and enabling environment for LGBTQIA/MSM people to coexist and carry out their daily life activities, particularly Livelihood, employment and health services without been stigmatized and discriminated.

    In this excluded community of LGBTQIA/MSM alone, passion and commitment for maximum lifestyle attainment is very possible base on the favoured environment structured by stakeholders in a mutually reinforcing way.

    This is dependent on the centralized ideology conceptualized by all LGBTQIA with the same mindset, equal to access health care service, employment and others livelihoods support within our community considering the unrelenting supports from community/stakeholders.

    Our LGBTQIA+ people and MSM are more youthful. Therefore, we created an online WhatsApp platforms for only LGBTQIA and MSM in order to provide a comprehensive and personalized information and guidance.

    With this intervention, we will possibly reduce any form of poor support their received.

    Our Foundation Outcomes may include, but are not limited to:

    Objective 1:Increased capacity of LGBTQIA+ individuals to engage on issues related to civic, political and electoral processes, including support to new leaders and youth leaders; strengthened political leadership that reflects the diversity of LGBTQIA+ communities; increased direct support to lesbian and queer womens leadership and meaningful participation in political and public practice and discourse; increased capacity of LGBTQIA+ organizations to undertake work from an intersectional approach inclusive of the most marginalized segments of LGBTQIA+ communities, including displaced LGBTQIA+ people, transgender and intersex people, lesbian and bisexual women, and people with other marginalized identities; enactment of laws or regulations supporting legal gender recognition based on self-determination; increased direct support to local, grassroots LGBTQIA+-led community groups; strengthened well-being practices for all stakeholders; and, strong and strategic financial and organizational management.