Actions to improve health standards
in Kwara State
ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN
What We’ve Done
Alaafia Kwara Indigent Medical Fund
The Indigent Medical Fund was established to help children of indigent parents with no access to lifesaving medical treatment due to financial deprivation. Mrs Saraki launched the Fund with a personal grant of N1.2m after seeing a child die in a hospital because the parents could not pay for a blood transfusion. It now provides a monthly endowment for the support of such patients, accessible through referral by a medical professional at designated state hospitals.
The fund currently caters to both the financial and medical needs of the destitute, the sick, the orphaned, the motherless and the handicapped. In cases where the Fund has received direct requests for assistance, we refer the patients to doctors for examination and proper diagnoses, purchase drugs for them and settle their medical bills. This also ensures they undergo necessary further examination and follow doctors’ counsel on drugs and nutrition. Some beneficiaries are also placed on an interim monthly upkeep allowance, while all beneficiaries receive ongoing counselling and social support from our trained counsellors.
Alaafia Kwara Mother & Child Survival Scheme
Alaafia Kwara Special Cases
Alaafia Kwara Community Health Access Programme; Iyana Bacita Health Point
One of Mrs Saraki’s dreams is to bring accessible and affordable, if not free, quality healthcare to all citizens of Kwara State. This dream was realised in 2009 when, in collaboration with Hygeia Nigeria Limited and the Dutch Health Insurance Fund PharmAccess, AK opened its first Health Point at Bacita Junction in Moro Local Government Area (LGA). This well-equipped and modern basic primary health facility catered for the needs of thousands of people from twenty-five surrounding rural communities – as a replicable model towards a community of practice across every LGA in the state.
The AK Initiative provided registration fee fund assistance and advocacy in the registration of 7000 rural dwellers, particularly pregnant women, under the Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme by May 2011, when the Iyana Bacita Health Point was integrated into the Kwara State Government Hospitals Management System.
Other Alaafia Kwara interventions
Children’s Specialist Hospital, Centre Igboro, Ilorin, 2003
Alaafia Kwara funded and facilitated the renovation of the Children’s Specialist Hospital, Centre Igboro, providing:
• Automated borehole as source of clean pipe- borne water, hitherto unavailable
• Children’s Ward (fully equipped)
• Isolation Ward (fully equipped)
• Doctor’s Consulting Room
• Nurses’ Bay
• Mosquito Netting throughout facility
• Bathrooms in Maternity Unit
• Donation of an Ambulance
University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, 2004
• Neonatal resuscitation units
• Infant pulse oximeters