This five-month project will involve our field team members working with trained community Health Educators, to organize 244 community health forums. These forums will be held across all 23 LGAs of the state and their purpose is to sensitize the key influencers and caregivers of children under 5, in these communities about the effectiveness of the ZINC/Lo-ORS (Low osmolality Oral Rehydration Salts) solution in treating childhood diarrhea. These forums are to occur in 167 Islamiyah Schools and among 23 Female Vanguard Organizations and 54 Christian Association of Nigeria groups.
Thus far, our community activation team has held community health forums in 68 wards of 6 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Kaduna State. A total of 4, 977 female caregivers were reached during these forums, of which 3,798 were Muslim women that attended our health talk sessions held at 68 Islamic Women schools (Islamiyah); another 612 women of 12 Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) health forums; and 565 caregivers that participated in 6 Female Vanguard Groups (FVGs) and 6 cascaded sessions.
This project is expected to yield an increase in the demand of the solution by mothers and other caregivers in Kaduna state, from health care facilities and their Providers and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) when treating diarrheal cases of their children. The success of the project will subsequently lead to a decrease in the amount of diarrheal-related deaths of children; which is the third largest single cause of childhood deaths in Nigeria.