Overview of health
challenges

Nigeria has one of the fastest growing populations in the world. With 5.5 live births per woman and an annual growth rate of 3.2%, it’s estimated that its population will reach 440 million people by 2050. Its health indicators are among the worst in Africa, and with its rapidly growing population and development challenges, the country drags down the socioeconomic indicators for the entire African continent.

The top causes of death in Nigeria are malaria, lower respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, road injuries, protein-energy malnutrition, cancer, meningitis, stroke and tuberculosis.

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History

Rotary Family Health Days began in Nigeria in 2012 in Lagos State and Ogun State. The RFHA board agreed to scale up the programme in 2014 to include the whole country.

Acceptance of the program has increased tremendously. It has received much publicity and has enjoyed a robust working relationship with Core Prime Ad Concept and with increased materials and logistics support from its key program partners, especially the Nigeria Federal and State Ministries of Health and the US Government missions under the PEPFAR program. The US Centres for Disease Prevention and Control and the USAID gave logistical support and requested that their implementing partners work with RFHA on its Rotary Family Health Day sites.

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Rotary Family
Health Days Sites

The proof of concept and sustainability of the program has been fully established. The Rotary Foundation sent a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisers to audit the 2017 program and sent another in 2019.

Nigeria was the only country to hold Rotary Family Health Days in 2020, with funding for the 2020 program provided by The Rotary Foundation, Rotary International districts in Nigeria, the USA and South Korea. 

Click the sites below to see highlights from a selection of Health Days that were held in Nigeria.

People registering in Ajuba for Rotary Family Health Days"/>

These included: 52,566 HIV tests performed, 5,000 screenings for hepatitis B and C, 62,061 malaria screenings, 60,615 blood pressure tests, 1,009 tuberculosis screenings and 70,816 eye tests.

Impact

In 2020, 110 Health Day Sites were set up across Nigeria. About 154,375 people visited the sites and received over 543,412 healthcare services.

Cervical cancer screening at Rotary Family Health Days Nigeria
Cervical cancer screening at Rotary Family Health Days Nigeria

These included: 52,566 HIV tests performed, 5,000 screenings for hepatitis B and C, 62,061 malaria screenings, 60,615 blood pressure tests, 1,009 tuberculosis screenings and 70,816 eye tests.

Immunisation

Moreover, 8,017 dental care services, 11,168 polio immunizations, 27,825 sanitary pads for girls, 6,342 vitamin A supplements, deworming to 16,632 children and 23,780 long-lasting mosquito nets were also distributed.

Immunisation
Immunisation

Testimonials

The program is good and we wish you could come more often! ... Please could you include tests like mammography for girls and women... I really want to commend Rotary for carrying out that free medical check-ups, because I know they really spent their own time and money to come and help us.”

- Comments recorded from patients during the monitoring and evaluation of Rotary Family Health Days Nigeria

Country Report

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Reports from Rotary Family Health Days in Nigeria

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