Wetin Dey!

..Nigerian slang for “How are you doing!”

Over a month already! So I will start with work and what I have been doing at CHAI. Hopefully you guys remember the project I am working on – if you don’t, go and read my last blog!

Up to speed? The first step to implementing this project is to understand what the health facilities in Nigeria are currently doing in terms of Post-Partum Family Planning. This will allow us to assess what gaps need to be addressed to meet the objective of increasing women’s access to Post Partum IUDs (the coil).

How do we do that? We will visit over 800 health facilities in the 3 northern Nigerian states of Kano, Katsina and Kaduna where help is needed the most. We will interview health workers and collect family planning data such as equipment availability, training levels of staff, supply chain practices and much more.

Over 800 facilities I hear you say! Thankfully it’s not just me otherwise the pulse assignment might need to be 2 years. We have a large and fantastic team in place to support the exercise.

So far it’s been an amazing and eye-opening experience meeting all of the health workers and seeing the facilities first hand, as feeling closer to the patient is one of the main reasons why I wanted to do this.

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Me in action talking to a doctor. Spot the family planning training object in the pic (he he) The other pictures are of a remote health facility in Kano. No roof, no toilets, no stable electricity to name a few things…but they still continue to function as best they can.

 

In other exciting news I went to the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja for a few meetings. My job at home doesn’t involve anything to do with the government so I am thankful for the opportunity to experience something COMPLETELY different!  Although it didn’t not look like how I expected it to….

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On the social note I have been having a fab time sampling all that Abuja has to offer….

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Food! Yummy!  (Pounded Yam and Egusi, Suya, Catfish, Plantain, Akara)

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GSK pulse volunteers at the annual Abuja Summer BBQ Fest…lots of dancing!

9 comments

  1. This is something you always wanted to do.i am glad you now have the opportunity to use your knowledge and leadership talents to put into good cause.
    Raji

  2. Looks like you’re having a great time and managing to get out of Abuja to visit some facilities – fantastic!

  3. Jeevs. Looks like u r enjoying the Nigerian food and found the spice market…so the Nigerian population is going to come down soon….with your family planning work. Lol.

  4. Aww jeeves you look so happy munching on that catfish, that smile made my day. I miss you loads and always look forward to reading your blogs my lovely anyway take care and have lots of lovely food on me!!!

  5. Wetin Day to you too Jeevs!
    You are doing some amazing work out there. Hope you’re enjoying this incredible experience. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in and out of the office!
    Always remember the words of advice I gave you before you left 😉
    Take care and have fun
    Amira

  6. Jeevs looks like you are having time of your life . I am so happy for you ! Looking forward to your next post already 🙂

  7. Jeevo! Wetin Dey lol….Yes girl! Picking up the lingo
    I finally managed to read this post and get to see some of the pics! Keep up the good work and taking in the full experience….I cant wait to hear more 🙂

    Speak soon buddy

    Mazza

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