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At AYGF, we are poised to tackling health inequalities faced by Canadian black communities. According to the Government of Canada, Anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination are key drivers of health inequalities faced by diverse Black Canadian communities.

STRENGTHENING INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (STRIC) PROJECT

On the 22nd March, 2023, Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF), in commemoration of World Water Day 2023, held the Strengthening Individual and Community Response to COVID-19 (STRIC) Webinar, which was the main event of the STRIC Project being implemented by AYGF.

The STRIC Project, funded by Federation of Black Canadians (FBCFCN) AND Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), was aimed at addressing issue around vaccine hesitancy in the black communities of Canada.

The objective of the STRIC Project was to effectively addresses and debunks notions about COVID-19 vaccine uptake amongst Canadian Black communities while promoting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices.

The webinar was attended by various community members from British Columbia and Toronto. The Resource Speakers included skilled experts from the black communities such as Constance (Missy) BK, a chief operations officer and business consultant in Quebec, Canada, Grace Udo, a WASH expert and Debra Olaniyi, a representative from FBCFCN.

expected outcomes

The capacity and knowledge of health care professionals are strengthened to provide appropriate quality, services related to sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights to vulnerable adolescents.

AYGF is implementing a World Bank project on Nutrition tagged Accelerating Nutrition in Nigeria-ANRiN. The objective of the project is to increase access and utilization of integrated, community-based Basic Package of Nutrition Service (BPNS) in half of Kogi and Niger State according to established and agreed targets (for quality and coverage) to reduce the level of malnutrition in States.

OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH ENGAGEMENTS BY AYGF IN THE PAST

AYGF has so far reached out to over 2000 HIV/AIDS most vulnerable and affected people in communities across Africa through advocacy campaigns and engagement with local NGOs, CSOs and CBOs.
The Organization has fought tirelessly against HIV/AIDS stigmatization and discrimination across Africa by enforcing the right of people infected and or affected by the virus via advocacy and legislations.
The Organization has a special Motivational Department for people living with HIV/AIDS, to give them a sense of belonging. This is done through voluntary counselling and testing.
Election Monitoring and observation in Nigeria 2007 general election under the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) with funding from UNDP.
AYGF participated in the Crisis mitigation mechanisms with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution against the 2007 general election in Nigeria at Makurdi, Benue State and Ilorin, Kwara State. It was sponsored by UNDP.
Community Advocacy Campaign on Malaria prevention to Ado, Oju and Buru LGAs respectively and 12 secondary schools in Otukpo, Gwer and Logo LGAs all in Benue State which targeted pregnant/expectant and nursing mothers and youth groups in 2010.
AYGF has executed a project on ‘School/Community Outreach on Malaria’ in FCT, Abuja. It was piloted to the schools and communities; the activities implemented in the communities included community advocacy, free anti-malaria drug distribution, free malaria treatment for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children below 5 years. While in the schools, 20 students and 10 teachers were trained as peer educators selected from the 10 schools in the six Area councils.
The organization was actively represented in the International Conference on AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Infections in Africa. {ICASA 2005}. Held in Abuja, Nigeria. AYGF helped to facilitate the youth forum. International Conference on AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Infections in Africa. {ICASA 2005}. Held in Abuja, Nigeria. AYGF helped to facilitate the youth forum.

OBJECTIVES OF THE STRIC PROJECT

To design and implement a comprehensive, context-specific online campaign strategy that effectively addresses and debunks notions about COVID-19 vaccine uptake amongst the target communities.

To ensure sustainability and secure government’s buy-in for the promotion of vaccine uptake through their participation in the campaign promotion.

STRIC ACTIVITIES

the intervention phase

Phase One

Engage and supervise a community champion/ influencer to initiate a campaign that promotes vaccine uptake and debunks issues regarding COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy while promoting relevant sites and centers to access the COVID-19 vaccine.

Phase Two

Leverage on the commemoration of significant global days to engage government, private sector and other relevant stakeholders to participate as panelists in town hall webinars.

Phase Three

Social media promotion using Information Education and Communication materials (IECs) such as hashtags, articles, short films and animations.

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