The United Nations sustainable development goals set the pace for the world’s developmental efforts. Countries are to put up policy frameworks to achieve the goals. Institutions, companies and individuals are encouraged to direct their social responsibility efforts towards reaching the SDG’s targets.
GEANCO social efforts in Nigeria encompass Goals 1, 3, 10. Although, it is clear that the goals are interconnected and interdependent. As GEANCO prepares to execute the 2019 medical missions, in November 2019, it is just needful to see how the mission fulfills SDG 3.
The Sustainable Development Goals 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for at all ages.
Areas in which GEANCO’s mission reach in SDG 3
3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
3.2.1 Under-five mortality rate
3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
Indicators:3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods3.7.2 Adolescent birth rate (aged 10-14 years; aged 15-19 years) per 1,000 women in that age group
3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
3.8.1 Coverage of essential health services (defined as the average coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and service capacity and access, among the general and the most disadvantaged population)
3.8.2 Proportion of population with large household expenditures on health as a share of total household expenditure or income
3.C Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States
3.C.1 Health worker density and distribution
GEANCO Missions and SDG 3
Obstetrics Delivery Kit (Safe-Mama Kit) Distribution Project
This project is part of the Maternal health care program. The goal of this project is to reduce maternal mortality by eliminating infections during delivery. The Safe-Mama Kit contains a complete set of clean supplies and instrument needed for delivery. Over forty four local health care centers are beneficiaries. This project fulfill targets 3.1 and 3.2
Teenage Pregnancy and Counseling Project
In Nchatancha Nike and other suburbs in Enugu, South-east Nigeria, GEANCO Missions Nigeria is providing support, counseling and rehabilitation for teenage mothers. This project has helped tens of teenage mothers and helped hundred others to avoid teenage pregnancy. This project fulfills target 3.7 with a special emphasis on indicator 2.
Training For Health Workers
As part of the Maternal Health Care Program, GEANCO runs this project to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by providing health workers with the opportunity to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Workers who benefit are employees of the health centers who are already on the Safe-mama Kit project. This project answers targets 3.1, 3.2 3.8, and 3.C.
The skill areas covered are:
Safe delivery, infections and bleeding
Emergency response protocol during delivery
Postnatal care for infants − – Postpartum depression in nursing mothers
Health Centres Inspection And Ranking
The goal is to help the health centers in our network improve their facility performance despite the constraints and poor infrastructure in the system. This includes:
- Benchmarked inspection checklist for assessment of health centers on hygiene, equipment, medical records (mortality tracking), emergency protocol etc.
- Ranking of the health workers skill level in each health center
- Annual awards for top 3 most improved in facility assessment and mortality tracking