Towards Elimination of Malaria program of the Civil Society on Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN), in Osun state has began its year 2021 – 2023 Malaria control project with Civil society groups.
ACOMIN state Chairman Mr Stephen Aremu Akinyele made this known at the Osun State Media meeting held at SoLife Consult in Osogbo the state capital.
He stated that the Community Led Monitoring program initiated by Community-based organizations and other civil society groups focuses on getting input from service providers, recipients of services and the affected communities in a routine and systemic manner that will translate into action and change.
Aremu pointed out that thirteen states in the country will be participating in the new funding model 3 of the Global fund program, he reeled out the states as Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kwara, Niger, Taraba, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, Ogun, Osun and Delta states.
He also charged the civil society groups to ensure that the necessary service are delivered to the target communities, while asking that the collaboration with government agencies towards having a Malaria free state be strengthened.
The ACOMIN state Chairman highlighted the selected eight local governments in Osun state as Olorunda, Ilesa West, Egbedore, Boluwaduro, Iwo, Ejigbo, Obokun and Irepodun local governments.
In her goodwill message, Mrs Adeeyo Comfort of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency lauded the ACOMIN project for its intervention on Malaria eradication in Osun as well as its support of the government.
She assured of the governments role in ensuring that citizens of the communities in the state have access to quality healthcare at the various Primary Health Care centers.
Similarly Mr. A Chinma, representative of the Management Sciences for Health also said the organization will not relent in its effort to ensure that the state is Malaria free, he called on other partners to make sure that the objective of the Global Fund malaria free societies is achieved.
In his presentation, the State Programme Officer, Mr Segun David Amoto stated that the ACOMIN Malaria free state Programme holding in Osun is part of the national effort to address the challenges of Malaria in Nigeria.
He said the Program re-engaged by Catholic Relief Services CRS under the ongoing Global Fund malarias grant is in close collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Malaria Elimination Programme, Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA),and Roll Back Malaria project, as well as Society for Family Health, Management Sciences for Health and Malaria Consortium.
Amoto attributed and rolled out the tremendous results of the ACOMIN Community led monitoring project to the involvement of communities in monitoring and taking ownership of their health outcomes.
Success achieved includes donation of Sphygmomanometers, thermometer, stesthoscope, and weighing scale, facilitation of access road to the selected health facilities, intervention for donation of rand new delivery bed, facilitation of Community Health Committee for Community engagement, involvement and participation in the developmental projects, presentation of 500 copies of out-patient cards, employment of security guards, and facilitation of re-stock of malaria drugs at the PHCs.
Others includes: Advocacy efforts, facilitation of recruitment of adhoc staff, ACOMIN supportive supervision and mentorship as well as donation of dozens of exercise big notes and pen among others.