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NaiHealth selected for Tony Elumelu Foundation grant support

It is our utmost pleasure to announce that NaiHealth has been officially selected as one of the grant recepients of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) in Nigeria. NaiHealth was selected among others out of about 216,000 applications accross 56 African countries.

NaiHealth was established in December 2018 as a partnership between Kikiope Oluwarore of MyAnimalMyHealth (MAMHE) and Funmi Omisope of Home and Street Kids Welfare Initiative (HSKi) to provide community-based micro-health insurance packages that would promote easier access to affordable health services, products and deliverables. The social enterprise was founded by both partners as a result of their mutual passion and joint activities working with disadvantaged communities in Nigeria. The Tony Elumelu grant will be utilized to fund the current phase of activities and deliverables that would ensure successful running of the social enterprise. These include completion of the NaiHealth software and deployment to existing and potential partner hospitals, promotion of NaiHealth packages in the first cohort of target communties and retail of relevant health products and deliverables. The Tony Elumelu Foundation will also provide mentorship, business and leadership training for NaiHealth.
We look forward to an exciting year working with the Tony Elumelu Foundation even as we jointly seek to promote health and sustainable development in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Read here for more information about NaiHealth and our progress so far.

Project WIFAF – Empowering women with farming and food businesses

Project WIFAF (Women in Food and Farming) is empowering vulnerable rural and peri-urban women with existing (and potential) small-scale food and agro-based businesses to a state of sustainable livelihoods. Target businesses include crop and livestock farming, food production, food processing and other related ventures. Such women who are often a key part of the cycle of agricultural development, food security, and trading are often in helpless poverty-stricken situations, struggling to make ends meet even with their small-scale businesses. These may be due to a myriad of factors such as illiteracy, lack of funding, gender inequality, remote locations, and lack of access to public resources and information. Our goal is to improve their business capacity, provide financial support, expand their production and market base, and promote economic self-sustenance.

We are doing this through the following ways;

  • Training, mentoring and development in vocational and business skills
  • Innovating and improving techniques for sustainable farming, production, processing, packaging and sales of food and agricultural products
  • Identification and connection to viable markets for expansion of small-scale businesses
  • Provision of soft loans and financial support for initiation and/or expansion of SMEs

 

In this video, Mrs. Okeniyi a small-scale vegetable farmer discusses her current challenges and the need for her to expand her farming business to a sustainable level.

 


We are currently receiving applications and referrals to women who fit into the following criteria of WIFAF – Women in Food and Farming;

  • Must have an existing small-scale business in farming or food production. If the woman does not have an existing business, she must have a related skill in this area and must be ready to start a business. Also, we may consider women in other areas apart from Farming and Food production on a case-by-case basis.
  • Must reside in a rural/peri-urban/marginalized community in Nigeria, with low socioeconomic status or in a vulnerable , poverty-related situation. Due to our target and limited resources, we are only considering women with an obvious need for Project WIFAF and we would evaluate all applications/referrals accordingly.

For more information, please contact us via;

Email – info@myanimalmyhealth.org, myanimalmyhealth@gmail.com (kindly copy both emails)

Phone – +2348120320647

 

Launching Project NaiHealth with HSKi

MyAnimal,MyHealth is partnering with Home and Street Kids Initiative to establish, promote and implement NaiHealth in target communities accross Nigeria

NaiHealth is a health solution which will enable low cost on-site and online recruitment of underprivileged communities to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and other value-added services. Through this, NaiHealth provides them with access to affordable healthcare as they adopt and effectively utilize Universal Health Coverage (UHC). NaiHealth will provide this service through National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) which is Nigeria’s authorized federal provider of UHC.

Additionally, NaiHealth would include health-promoting value-added services such as SMS messaging for health appointments and useful health information, retailing low-cost quality health products, related training for community health workers, and promoting opportunities for improved livelihood. Through this holistic approach, NaiHealth will promote affordable quality healthcare, improve health-seeking behaviors and achieve health promotion in target communities.

NaiHealth addresses the problem of limited access to quality healthcare due to socioeconomic hardships in underprivileged populations. According to World Poverty Clock, 44.4% of Nigeria’s population (88.2million people) live in poverty. These poverty-stricken communities include slums, street people, nomadic settlements, refugees and illegal immigrants from neighboring countries. Most of them typically resort to begging and less than menial activities with their children to survive. Therefore, due to their economic disadvantage and poor living conditions, they are often exposed to and affected by extreme health conditions and diseases but find it very difficult to pay for quality health services on demand. NaiHealth was officially launched on UHCDay celebration, an event which HSKi celebrated at Koro Afoju in Ilorin, Kwara State.

MyAnimal, MyHealth is proud to be a part of this initiative as an ideation, implementing and fundraising partner with HSKi. We continue to work on our mandate to promote human, animal and environmental health in communities accross Nigeria.

 

Need a Pet? You must consider these factors first

A pet is an animal that is loved and cared for by its human owner. A pet equally benefits its human owner by reciprocating love in return and providing physical, emotional and psycho-social support. A pet – depending on the type and specie – can also considered as a protector and a safeguard for its human. All of us (except the cold-hearted ones … lol) get warm fuzzy feelings and are filled with awe each time we see or play with adorable healthy pets. In return, it is just natural for pets to reciprocate the same level of affection especially if the recipient is a well-known face or caregiver.

Pets are such a positive addition for most pet-owners and caregivers, that they improve their lives in one or more of the following ways;

  • A pet will encourage nurturance and responsibility as you care for it.
  • Pets improve a person’s mood. In fact, no matter how angry, sad or stressed out you may be, spending time with your pet will always bring out positive emotions and improve your mood. Pets have proven to reduce depression and increase the overall happiness of a human being
  • A pet is always great for accompaniment and to alleviate loneliness. Pets make you feel accepted every time, are good listeners and can help to put your mind at peace even when alone.
  • For some pets, they personally take ownership of your welfare and safety, and will rise to the occasion of defending you in case of any perceived attack.

Different people have various definitions of what is considered the best pet that make great companions and this variation is mostly based on the individual needs. Therefore, there are many different types of pets that could be right for you and be a wonderful complement to your life. It is important to note that not every animal may be right for you because the needs and temperaments of animals vary greatly, as do those of the people who keep them. So, your ultimate choice of pet should be based on what sort of animal suits your personality, works best with your lifestyle, and matches your needs.

The pet you choose may be the commonly kept dog, cat, goldfish, a talkative parrot, or perhaps a scurrying lizard or a fun-loving potbellied pig. Whichever animal you choose, it can bring you years of entertainment and happiness, but you must make the right choice and be genuinely invested in caring for the pet.

Therefore, for you and your pet to get the best out of each other, you must consider the following factors;

Your lifestyle

When choosing a pet, one of the most important things to consider is your lifestyle. Different types of pets require different amounts of attention and care, and any pet you choose should fit well into your daily schedule. So, you must ask yourself; Are you the active type, or do you have a more sedentary nature? Are you looking for an exercise companion or a pet to keep you company while you do things around the house? You should consider these and make sure your pet will fit into your lifestyle.

Your needs

When making a pet choice, you’ll also need to determine just what you want out of a pet. Are you looking for a cuddly companion, a playmate, a guard and protector or a pet you can just observe that doesn’t require a great deal of interaction? What size of pet do you want or which can you handle; tiny, small, medium-sized, big or large?

Your home
Do you live in the city, suburbs, town or at outskirts or small village settlements? How much space do you have indoors and out? Can your home accommodate pets especially when they need to eat, drink, pee and poo? Is your home self-owned or are you renting? Remember that some renters may not be allowed to keep dogs or cats or may have to pay a large deposit to keep them. However, landlords are not generally concerned with small aquatic and caged animals, because they are less messy and unlikely to cause property damage.

Your household

It’s important to consider the others in your household as well. Their personalities and schedules will also be factors in your decision. If you have children, you’ll need a pet that is easygoing and playful. The best pets are those that will fit in well with your family, so you might need to do some compromising. Now, when taking on the responsibility of a pet, you and each member of the family must be willing to commit to providing a good home for it. You need to find out if family members would not mind pets and how much time each family member can devote to the pet. Discuss each person’s responsibilities for the animal’s care, feeding, grooming, exercise, socialization and training. Determine who will be responsible for the expenses involved and make certain that every need for the pet you’re considering will be met.

Your health and physical condition
Are you prone to any allergies that may result from close association to certain pets? For example, some people are allergic to fur, feathers or body hair from animals, therefore such people would most likely not keep a pet. Also, are you healthy enough or physically capable of taking care of the type of pet you’re considering? Caring for a large animal or one with extensive habitat needs can be physically demanding.

Your time
Do you spend much time at home? Does your work allow you some considerable amount of time at home or do you usually spend most of your day at work? Do you travel a lot? Are you flexible with your time or do you have rigid, set and tight work schedules? You need to consider these because some pets need someone with them most of the time, especially when they are young. Others can be left alone for long periods of time. You also need to note that abandoning a pet with a household servant or maid may not always be the best option because of the risk of maltreatment and animal cruelty. If at all you will leave a pet with such a person, ensure they have genuine interest in pets and do not mind taking care of them (even without being paid). It not advisable for a person who spends extensive time out of the house to own a pet except you are able to carry the pet with you wherever you go.

Your finances
What is your budget? This is a very important consideration, because all pets require some degree of financial commitment. You will most likely have to buy a pet, then you must pay for food, housing and other daily needs, veterinary care and any special needs your pet may have. These costs vary considerably from animal to animal and you must choose an animal that would fit into your budget.

The pet’s needs
Research each animal on your list if there any special needs to consider. You will see that not all animals are not suitable for every situation, weather, or environment. For example, dogs with thick fur are more difficult to keep in warmer climates without special considerations.

The pet’s availability
Not all animals may be available to you or may be more difficult to obtain. Keeping certain types of pets is illegal in some states and cities. Some require special permits or licensing. If you want to keep these types, you will have to check with your local and state authorities to find out what is required.

 

With all the above-listed, the decision to keep and care for a pet must be a well-thought-out decision and the choice must be made out of a genuine love for animals.

Next week, we will follow up with another article providing you with actual listed options of pets to keep. In the meantime, if you need help with choosing a pet, feel free to contact us via our social media networks

Facebook – MyAnimal,MyHealth

Instragram – @myanimalmyhealth

Whatsapp – +2348120320647

 

Reference – Animal World

 

Video – Explaining “One Health”

At MyAnimal,MyHealth, our work in promoting animal, human and environmental health directly defines the “One Health” concept.

What is One Health?

How is animal, human and environmental health connected?

How can you promote One Health in your own little way?

Click here to watch this video for all you need to know!

One Health Video 

 

Opportunities for the Week

  1. Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for low and middle-income countries

Deadline – 4 January 2019

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2019
  • By October 2019, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university before September/October 2019
  • NOT have commenced and be currently registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, in your home country or elsewhere
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

Benefits

  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award.
  • Approved tuition fees.
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,084 per month, or £1,330 per month for those at
    universities in the London metropolitan area
  • Warm clothing allowance, where applicable
  • Study travel grant towards the cost of study-related travel within the UK or overseas
  • Provision towards the cost of fieldwork undertaken overseas (usually the cost of one economy class
    return airfare to your fieldwork location), where approved
  • Paid mid-term visit (airfare) to your home country
  • Family allowances

Application and additional information can be found here


 

2. WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

Deadline – 10th December, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region has launched the first WHO Africa Innovation Challenge calling for health innovations with the potential for having significant social impact and addressing the unmet health needs on the continent.

Eligibility 

Solutions that will be considered should be broadly categorized as either product or technological innovations, process or service innovations or social innovations

Benefits

Selected Finalists will be awarded a sponsorship covering flights, accommodation to attend the Forum. At this event, they will get the opportunity to exhibit their innovations and meet with top political, government and business leaders in the health space. They will also get a chance to exhibit their solutions at the annual meeting of Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region in August 2019, in Brazzaville, Congo.

Application and additional information can be found here


 

3. SIWI World Water Week call for application Scientific Committee Professionals

Deadline – 3rd December, 2018

SIWI is seeking nine committed young professionals to provide support to World Water Week’s Scientific Programme Committee.

Eligibility

Candidates should be under 35 years of age.

Benefits

SIWI will provide each of the YSPC members with a full week complimentary registration to World Water Week. Also, joining the Young Scientific Programme Committee (YSPC) is an opportunity for young professionals to expand their network and gain valuable experience.

Application and additional information can be found here

MyAnimal,MyHealth – Our Renewed Commitment

STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

At MyAnimal,MyHealth, we have utilized some time to re-evaluate our scope of work and objectives. This has proven valuable as can now provide a more improved, efficient and quality service delivery for our clients, readers and supporters. We hereby reiterating our commitment to our work through the following vision and mission statements, and our overarching organizational goals.

Our Vision

To be the foremost news, resource and engagement platform for correlated issues of animal, human and environmental health in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Mission

To provide and promote news, information, advocacy and solutions to correlated issues of animal, human and environmental health.

Our Organizational Objectives

  • To disseminate news on pets, livestock animals, wildlife, environment and associated human health with particular references to quality animal care, productive livestock and agribusinesses, zoonoses, wildlife and conservation, global health and one health.
  • To establish and implement social impact projects, investigations and research in our areas of work.
  • To advertise and publicize related local and international businesses and opportunities including jobs, sales of animals and animal products, volunteer opportunities, internships, funding, grants, health research, conferences, seminars, courses, scholarships, fellowships and educational programs.
  • To laud notable feats in our related areas of work including professional achievements, impact projects and research.

 

Signed,

Management

President Buhari declares a state of emergency on WASH sector in Nigeria

According to a press release published by the Premium Times,  President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday 8th November, in Abuja declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector. He said the declaration has become imperative to reduce the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country, which has caused preventable deaths.

He inaugurated the National Action Plan for Revitalization of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre and directed government at all levels to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.

The president described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water services and sanitation in the country as ”disturbing”, warning that henceforth, Federal Government support to State Governments will be based on their commitment to implement the National WASH Action Plan in their respective States and to end open defecation by 2025,

Discussing the latest WASH statistics, he stated that “Our country now ranks No 2 in the global rating on Open Defecation as about 25% of our population are practicing open defecation”. He continued by saying that ”WASH services at the rural areas are unsustainable as 46% of all water schemes are non-functional, and the share of our spending on WASH sector has been declining from 0.70% of the GDP in 1990 to about 0.27% in 2015 which is far below the 0.70% at the West African regional level,”.

He noted that lack of attention by local and state governments who should take primary responsibility of this has caused the high prevalence of water-borne diseases that are being reported in different parts of the country. He therefore reiterated his commitment to ensuring that WASH sector becomes more effective among the Nigerian public.

More of this report can be found at Premium Times

 

CDC – Data shows the rise of Tick-borne diseases in the US

CDC’s data show that tick-borne diseases are again on the rise. In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tick-borne disease to CDC – 59,349 cases – up from 48,610 in 2016. Reported cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased from 2016 to 2017.

Reported Tickborne Diseases, U.S.
Reported Tickborne Diseases, U.S. 2016 2017
Lyme Disease (confirmed and probable) 36,429 42,743
Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis 5,750 7,718
Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis§ 4,269 6,248
Babesiosis§§ 1,910 2,368
Tularemia 230 239
 Powassan virus 22 33
 Total 48,610 59,349 

Data Source – CDC Tick-borne Disease Surveillance Summary

CDC states that while the reason for this increase is unclear, a number of factors can affect tick numbers each year, including temperature, rainfall, humidity, and host populations such as mice and other animals. Tick densities in any year will vary from region to region, state to state, and even county to county. Numbers of reported tick-borne disease cases are also affected by healthcare provider awareness, testing, and reporting practices. During any given year, people may or may not notice changes in tick populations depending on the amount of time they or their pets spend outdoors.

In retrospect, availability of this data report shows the importance of an effective disease surveillance and reporting system through which data can be collected, stored and utilized. Data reports like this are essential for disease monitoring, and particularly to aid decision-making for health service delivery, health policy and public health programs. We hope that in the nearest future, a cohesive and efficient data system will be established especially in developing countries for these purposes and more.

Report adapted from CDC Ticks

Additional reports and data can be found at the CDC Tick-borne Disease Surveillance Summary

 

OIE -Upcoming Field simulation exercise for Avian Influenza in Hong Kong

Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of Hong Kong [Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (SAR-PRC)], informed the OIE that a field simulation exercise on infection with avian influenza viruses, codenamed “Bluebell”, will be conducted on 12 November 2018 in Hong Kong (SAR-PRC).

The aim of this exercise, in which the concerned staff is participating, is to ensure the Department’s preparedness and readiness in case a culling operation in local poultry farm is necessary.

It focuses on:

  • familiarizing the staff with the procedures and biosecurity measures required for carrying out the culling operation to eradicate an outbreak of infection with avian influenza viruses with a view to identify improvements in planning and implementation of procedures.
  • the overall on-site preparation and implementation of biosecurity measures, such as the procedure for putting on and removing protective gear, as well as the disinfection of the farm and disposal of carcasses.

A field command centre and a fictitious chicken farm will be set up for players to carry out the frontline duties, which include mobilizing staff and resources, setting up different operation areas in the index farm, and following personal biosecurity guidelines when entering and leaving the index farm.

Original report can be found at OIE