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By Kashimana Michael-Ejegwa
Internally displaced persons (IDPs), students and vulnerable communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are part of the 10,000 people targeted to benefit from Africare Nigeria’s Power Forward project on public health and life saving skills this year.
Country director, Africare Nigeria, Dr Orode O. Doherty made this known yesterday in Abuja during a stakeholders meeting to launch its 2017 strategy.
She said the non-governmental organisation will be carrying out the Power Forward project in partnership with Exxon Mobil and National Basketball Association (NBA) .
“The strategy is to reach more indirect beneficiaries with public health and life saving skills learning, supplies distribution and behavior change interventions.
“This will be achieved by expanding programming into IDP camps, providing hand washing stations in 20 schools, planting of trees project amongst others,” she said.
Also speaking, Mrs Victoria Uno George, deputy director, Secondary Education Board, Abuja, said the 2017 strategy will give opportunity to more children.
“Africare’s 2017 strategy is wonderful because the schools are actively involved, and now, more children who don’t have opportunities will be reached.”
ExxonMobil, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Africare will celebrate the second year of the Power Forward pilot program, a youth engagement initiative that uses basketball to develop health literacy and life skills among Nigerian youth, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at National Stadium in Abuja.
The National Basketball Association (NBA), Africare and ExxonMobil announced today the launch of the second year of Power Forward, a youth empowerment initiative that uses basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills among Nigerian youth.
No fewer than 72,520 persons have benefitted from Africare Malaria Prevention programmes in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.
Great progress has been made in overcoming malaria, but the disease remains a serious threat in sub-Saharan Africa, especially to young children.