Wholistic healthcare for the neglected
Wholistic healthcare for the neglected
RUCOMEF is a registered NGO in Nigeria that aims at alleviating the health challenges facing the rural communities in Nigeria and in sub Saharan Africa as a whole. Rural communities in this part of the world are the most deprived population in Africa. Greater percentage of these people are living below the poverty line and obviously the poorest of the poor in the world. The health infrastructures in most of these rural communities are grossly deficient. Most of the health services in the area provided by the government are often poorly funded. There is a huge decline in the number of primary Health Care centers, the numbers of trained health personnel working in these areas are grossly inadequate. The general morbidity rate and other health indices are alarming.
RUCOMEF exists to address these challenges and has come up with some strategies which are aimed at reaching the poor with qualitative healthcare. She is also compassionately concerned for the people and committed to care for their health competently with a touch of character.
Medical/surgical outreaches, health education & community enlightenment programs, training of Traditional Birth Attendants/Village Health Workers, care of orphans and Vulnerable Children, intervention in harmful traditional health practices and rural community empowerment are some of the approaches adopted to improve health service in these communities.
RUCOMEF is dedicated and devoted to ensuring better health care for the rural poor
We make sure we engage qualified, well trained professionals, who are committed to continuing medical education, in order that our programmes and outreaches are carried out efficiently and effectively.
We are very concerned and interested in the plight of the rural poor; their health needs are of utmost importance to us, so we give it all it takes to attend to their plight.
We empathize and are concerned for the sufferings of the neglected rural poor. This serves as a driving force for us, in carrying out our activities
The health situation of the rural poor is a matter of utmost interest and importance to us.
Moral qualities and ethical considerations play a vital role in the discharge of our duties.
Owing to the high level of ignorance about health issues and poor health seeking behaviour among the rural poor of Africa, RUCOMEF has committed herself to making health education (especially preventive health) and awareness a major part of her activities. This we do through health talks and write ups on social media platforms.
This encompasses direct service to the individual or family that promote health and access to health care in communities and the larger public. At RUCOMEF we serve as health advocates for the rural poor. We support and promote the rights of patients in rural communities, help build capacity to improve community health and enhance health policy initiatives focused on available, safe and quality care.
Free Medical /Surgical Outreaches
Many rural communities in Africa have very high disease burden and access to health care services is often very poor. When such health facilities are available, they may not be affordable and may lack adequate health personnel. RUCOMEF tries to fill in the gap by offering free medical/surgical outreaches to many rural communities. Thousands of rural patients have had free outpatient medical consultations/ treatment, while hundreds have had free surgeries.
Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs)’/Village Health Workers (VHWs)’ Training
Many women in the rural communities deliver at home or with untrained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). This has been associated with high maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. RUCOMEF trains TBAs and VHWs in order to ensure clean and safe deliveries as well as appropriate referrals. Thousands of TBAs have been trained so far.
Poverty abounds in many rural communities of Africa and women/ children are often the most hit. In order to help alleviate poverty in rural communities, RUCOMEF has a goal of empowering rural women as well as whole communities in rural areas with skills for better livelihood.
Intervention in harmful traditional health practices
Harmful traditional health practices abound in many rural communities e.g Female Genital Mutilation, child marriages, infanticides etc. RUCOMEF is committed to carrying out appropriate interventions to curb these practices through education and advocacy. We have been involved in intervening in an infanticide practice among a tribe in North Central Nigeria.
Care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs)
Many children are orphaned and vulnerable to harm in many rural areas owing to several factors related to disease, poverty and insecurity. RUCOMEF in partnership with other organizations is committed to care of OVCs through education, advocacy, rescue and fostering of such children.
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