To ensure everyone in our rural communities have access to Social Welfare, Security, Social
Justice and qualitative primary health care and safe drinking water.
Social Welfare Network Initiative is a Community Systems strengthening national network of civil society organisations [CSOs] and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
It is a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-governmental organization (NGO) with membership of 628 community-based organizations, groups and stakeholders in the 36 States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. It is involved in prevention, treatment, impact mitigation, care and support for HIV/AIDS (Orphans and Vulnerable Children, People Living with HIV), TB and Malaria, Eye Care/Blindness Prevention, Vaccinations/Immunizations, Preventing/Controlling Poverty-Related Diseases; Nutrition and Food Security; Security and Social Justice, Advocates for Women Rights/Abuse.
There are a few poorly equipped public schools having teachers who have no incentives to work and no opportunities to improve teaching skills. The local medical centre is lacking in medicines, equipment and medical staff so that proper medical attention is limited especially for women of childbearing age.
Such basic amenities as electricity and water supply are limited resulting in poor living conditions. Primary health care facilities are almost non-existent and even with the presence of physical buildings representing Primary Health Centre (PHC) in the localities, a closer look will reveal some unwholesome and most degrading scenarios; the primary health centres (PHC) are not equipped at all. Some house only one or two admission beds while all the primary health centres visited lacked drugs in the dispensaries.
Malaria fever is rampant with the highest peak experienced between June–September yearly. Malaria treatments in these rural communities cost as much as ₦3,500 per individual; a sum which is almost impossible for the villagers who are mostly peasant farmers, this is common amongst older members of the community. The result as is to be expected is high mortality from this easily treatable disease. Glaucoma and cataracts are also rampant in this area among the elderly.