LIFEBUILDERS has two major arms by which it carries out its mandate:
- HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION
- ENVIROMENTAL CONSERVATION
A. HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION:
As an integral part of LIFEBUILDERS services, we have tasked ourselves with the responsibility of educating people especially youth and women about health issues prevalent in the society, how to avoid being victims and how to take charge of your own health. This has been promoted through several media as follows:
- Youth Development: Our unique intervention project is the Life Skills and Leadership Training which empowers in-and out-of school youth with soft Life Skills training. In the last 10years, as part of its activities targeted at sustainable development of youths, LIFEBUILDERS organized Life Skills and Leadership Training (LSLT) for in-school youths where issues of reproductive health, decision making, assertiveness, etc. are dealt with for self-actualization and national good, through the use of several training methods: didactic training, debates, group work, film shows, excursions etc. Well over 17 Leadership and Life Skills Training (LSLT) sessions have been undertaken for thousands of in and out of school youths and have been reached with various youth development programs. The youth were drawn from 12 states of the Federation including the FCT, to teach them how to be a better person for themselves and responsible members of the society. Focus was on topics around Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH), Sexual Reproductive Health, decision making, basic first aid skills and recently self-defense skills amongst others. The program for in-school youths are basically for year 11 (SSS2) students of secondary schools. The program comes up in February, April, and August.
2. Health Promotion: This includes school and community based HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and support programs, Reproductive health and counseling for Family Planning, Cervical Cancer Prevention services for women, training of health workers on preventive health and management issues, nutrition education and key household practices for mothers and children.
iii. Economic Empowerment: This includes promotion of the Nutritional dense plant Moringa Oleifera for nutrition and business, Vocational training, agricultural extension services for rural dwellers, linkages for micro credit facility for poor, promotion of proliferation of nutritional and economical plants for sustainable development etc.
iv. Model Services: Parenting seminars, establishment of HCT center, and various special projects.
SOME OF LB’S PAST HEALTH PROGRAMMES include:
- LIFEBUILDERS In-School Training Programme at Ikolaba High School
In the Lifebuilders in-school training project, year 2013 saw Lifebuilders in active exercise in achieving its aim of re-orientating the students of its adopted schools in the Ikolaba High School complex. The training program commenced about four years ago where an approximately 4000 students population were reached with useful information on Time management, goal setting, value clarification, self-esteem, assertiveness, issues of puberty and adolescence, avoidance of risky behaviors, STI, HIV/AIDS etc. LIFEBUILDERS have been able to positively touch over 10% of this population especially girls as we have had news from teachers of the school about a general improvement in morals of the students, the willingness of the students to take responsibilities, demonstration of leadership skills and better hygiene amongst many other improvements.
ii. HIV/AIDS Program in conjunction with Federal College of Education (special), Oyo.
In order to continue to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, LIFEBUILDERS in conjunction with Federal College of Education (Special) conducted series of activities and programs to help fight the spread and to train, re-orientate and expose the student teachers to the right Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues. The program which was aimed at integrating HIV/AIDS services into the day-to-day activities of the school, trained peer educators amongst the students and created linkages between the peer educators and the school clinic to render HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) services.
iii. NURHI /CCPN Funded Family Planning Project
LIFEBUILDERS is a grantee of NURHI/CCPN on its goal to increase by 15% contraceptive prevalence rate in five LGAs of Ibadan. In each of these LGAs, five slums were selected close to the accredited health facilities for service delivery. From each of the slums, five artisans (hairdresser, barber, mechanic, tailor, Okada riders) with gender balance were selected; they were called “Social Mobilizers” (SMs). A total of 125 Mobilizers selected were trained for two days on effective interpersonal communication and mobilization. Activities assigned to be carried out by the SMs are:
- Knowledge and Visibility Parade where singing and drumming are used to create awareness about Family Planning (FP) and generate clients for service in the health facilities in the communities and market place. Benefits of FP, need and where to obtain service are stressed.
- Mobilization of clients from shops, house to house etc.
- Attendance of key life events: Naming, Wedding, Graduation / Freedom ceremonies and association/group meetings. At these events, FP leaflets are distributed and issues are discussed to facilitate uptake of FP by members and their relatives.
- Establishment of Radio discussion groups in the 25 communities: Mobilizers and other community members listen to a radio programme “Ireti-Eda” that dwells on Family Planning and discuss the salient issues raised in each of the 26 episodes drama which analyze benefits of FP.
iv. APIN Plus Prevention project
In furtherance of the course of HIV/AIDS prevention, LIFEBUILDERS executed an APIN (AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria) and SACA (State Agency for the Control of AIDS) funded project to conduct HCT (HIV Counseling and Testing) exercise. The first part of the project was carried out in the month of August in Seven (7) Local Government Areas of Ibadan where over 22,000 people were reached. In September, the second project was carried out and almost 18,000 people were reached with Abstinence message, Condom and other Practices, PMTCT, HCT etc. Subsequently, because of our laudable performances in reaching our target well ahead of time, this has further opened doors for us in terms of project continuation and awarding of new projects. To this, many other programs on HIV/AIDS are still being carried out and the success of which has been overwhelming.
v. Oyo State MOH/CSO PMTCT Pilot Partnership Project (2017-2018)
LIFEBUIDERS was engaged by the Oyo State Ministry of Health state to undertake Prevention of Mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in the state within the fiscal year 2017. A total of 1,227 pregnant women were tested and 7 of which were reactive. They all have been linked to health facilities for care and support. A unique strategy for smooth project implementation was creating a synergy between Community Volunteers and the Community Birth Attendants (CBAs). During the sensitization/ start-up meeting a group exercise that involved mapping of their communities for identification of birth centers, mission houses and PHCs was carried out to enable testers populate their weekly work plan.
vi. Community Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (C-PMTCT)
LIFEBUILDERS for the past 5 year has been a recipient of fund from APIN (AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria) – a principal recipient from PEPFAR (President’s Emergency program for AIDS Relief) to undergo Community Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. The objective of the program is to enable achievement of the 90-90-90 goal of eradication of HIV endemic in the world. This can only be achieved by engaging Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other relevant stakeholders at the grass roots that have easy access to the inter-lands. The volunteers engaged were then trained to undertake counseling and testing and the technical know-how of the ABCs of HIV Counseling and testing. The components include counseling and testing, linkage of reactive clients, Community-based Exposed Infant Diagnosis (EID) and Strengthening of Mobile Reporting of PHCs through CSOs. Yearly targets are given and Memorandum of Understanding which also includes number of positive linkages and COMBED. COMBED initiative enable tracking of reactive pregnant women who are on ARV uptake to know the status of their babies and provide necessary care.
HCT target for 2016 was 10,000 BUT over 16,000 was counseled and tested through LIFEBUILDERS alone. The reactives have been linked accordingly for drug uptake.
B. ENVIROMENTAL CONSERVATION
This is the practice of protecting the natural environment thereby keeping it safe and healthy. There are actually different practices that help to protect the natural environment. These include; cleaning up the oceans, planting trees to build up the forests, stopping harmful deforestation and educating people about caring for the environment. LIFEBUILDERS has been performing environmental conservation activities since its inception (1999) till date. The main problem of this present day climate change and Global warming is one of the resultant effects of cooking with fossil fuels as well as the negative impact of cooking with kerosene. LIFEBUILDERS however has sought to reduce this human and environmental ill health especially amongst rural dwellers through some activities like mobilizing farmers in Alore-Ijaiye ward of Akinyele Local Government Area to plant Moringa Oleifera trees in order to establish a raw material base for the production of items such as tea, powder, soap and cream from the leaves of the plant. A sister company to LIFEBUILDERS, Vidsa Multiventures Limited produces these items and distributes them within and outside Nigeria. And also production of alternative cooking fuel that is less harmful to people and their environment.
However in February 2016, the Department undertook a Small Grants Project (SGP) (funded by United Nations Development Programme -UNDP), to explore the possibility of producing a bio-gel (from Moringa stems) as an alternative fuel for domestic use. The objectives of the project were:
1) To establish a bio-gel production centre in Alore-Ijaiye communities.
2) To produce bio-gel using raw materials from Moringa Oleifera
3) To build the capacity of Alore-Ijaye community women in bio-gel utilization
4) To scale up bio-gel production for commercial usage
5) To increase Moringa farmlands in Alore-Ijaye for product and project sustainability
By the end of the project, there was a bio-gel production centre in Alore-Ijaye community, 120 women were trained on how to use clean-cook stoves with bio-gel and 500,000 Moringa trees were planted on 10 acres of land within Alore-Ijaye communities.
Constitution of Project Implementation Committee (PIC)
For a successful implementation of the project, a committee of relevant stakeholders from the community; Scientists and Engineers from Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), University of Ibadan (UI), Vidsa Multiventures Limited (VMV), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Women affairs, Independent Bio-gel Consultants, a project staff and Lifebuilders’ staffs was set up. The PIC met periodically to assess the project status and exchange ideas in order to take informed decisions.
Pilot study at IAR&T
The produced gel was then tested with a clean cook stove made specifically for use with a bio-gel as energy source.
Production of Moringa bio-gel
One Litre of ethanol (i.e. Moringa Biogel) was produced from about 100kg of Moringa stems. However, efforts are ongoing to improve on the available technology so as to achieve production of ethanol from Moringa Oleifera stems in commercial quantities.
Planting of 500,000 Moringa seedlings
A total of 500,000 Moringa Oleifera tree seedlings were planted on a total of 10 acres of farmland situated within the Alore-Ijaye communities to ensure the availability of raw material base. An assessment (carried out by the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria) on the effect of the trees in terms of CO2 reduction revealed that the 500,000 Moringa Oleifera trees reduced 122,400,000t of CO2 from the atmosphere.