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HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT/EDUCATION

Education | Mental Health | Substance Abuse | Aids, Tuberculosis, Malaria Response | Maternal, New born and Child Health (MNCH)

The health sector in Nigeria is faced with arrays of challenges. While there are many factors that make people visit hospitals, accessing affordable services has been a serious problem. Beside this, most health facilities are ill-equipped and not affordable. These have increased many behavioral and attitudinal character of people as they either resort to self-medication or patronize quacks for health services. In Nigeria, the issues around health patronage is both behavioral and systemic. Studies have shown the deep gap between health workers and community members in many rural areas thus reducing facilities accessibility which has also increased child mortality and morbidity as rural people often visit the Traditional Birth Attendants and local medicine stores where vendors played on their ignorance to serve them fake and expired drugs. There is also the issue of associated stigmatization around some diseases and superstitious beliefs concerning some ailment, hence, those who suffer these diseases and ailment, afraid to be castigated often die from most of these diseases and ailments that are medically curable. On other hand, the health services have suffered a lot of incompetency due to lack of structures, amenities and modern-day technologies to support medi-care. There is also shortage of workforce in the sector as many medical professionals often decide to work privately leaving the government owned health facilities inadequately staff. Unfortunately, Nigerians have increasing need to access health facilities ranging from injuries sustained during violence, road accidents, domestic hazards, environmental disasters, etc. the need to therefore focus on health sectors as it supports human development is very important. CHLEI program in the next 5 years hopes to intervene around behavior and systems in the health sector with interventions to elicit positive behaviors among health seekers and making health facilities accessible while building stronger ties between health workers and health seekers. There will also be interventions to shape, orientate, and influence behaviors especially on harmful traditional practices and stigmatization. The second leg of the interventions hope to address the health system towards making government becoming more concern as health sector is prioritized in budgetary allocation and implementation so as to bring health facilities to a standard where it can deliver on its mandate effectively and efficiently.