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November 2008 SYAHD Launches their first Malaria Handbook

The SYAHD team launched their first  Malaria Handbook with sticker. These educational materials will help them spread the End Malaria-Blue Ribbon / Student Leaders Agaimst Malaria -SLAM global campaign in various Nigerian schools and communities. In the future, these materials may be translated & printed in the most popular Nigerian languages (i.e. Hausa, Igbo and Yaruba).

See handbook in pdf format

November 2008 SYAHD's leaders received Leadership Award

20th November, 2008 (Lagos, Nigeria)

In recognition of this, some SYAHD members all engaged for Youth Leadership change project program from Diamonds group Kano, launched the “End Malaria Initiative” through their ongoing partnership with Malaria Foundation International (MFI) this initiative is designed to achieve a part of the 6th UN Millennium Development Goal (to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other related diseases) in their immediate environment.

 

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SYAHD Finance Director (left) receiving award certificate from International Youth Foundation (IYP) Program Manager (Julie D. Hackett)

Building on the success of the initiative in Tarauni and Daurawa communities of Kano state, the group held a workshop with community youth and school students. The group composed of 7 SYAHD members who decided to pick the End Malaria Initiative as their change project for the leadership award programs, organized by LEAP Africa. The group was guided by the SYAHD/MFI End Malaria Blue Ribbon program. 

End Malaria Initiative is also designed to educate students and reduce the high prevalence of Malaria in their respective communities and regions in Nigeria through provision of Free Insecticide treated nets (ITNs) as well as awareness creation on the need for environmental and community health education.

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 Award Demonstration by SYAHD Members

 

 

In collaboration with SYAHD/MFI ongoing partnership in Nigeria, these youth enlightened the public on the causes, prevention and treatment of Malaria & also equipped students of various schools and communities with information on Malaria eradication thereby addressing the issues from the grassroots level.

 

 

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SYAHD Director of Finance (left) with three SYAHD members (middle) and other     

 Nigerian youth-group photo

The impact of the “End Malaria initiative” is evident in both communities as local health centers recorded a reduction in Malaria related illness. It is refreshing to see that without being in position of authority these youth have been able to positively impact their local communities.

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 Nura Iro Ma’aji receiving annual Youth Leadership award

 

 

In addition to the group award, for project initiative, SYAHD Program officer, Democracy and good governance, was awarded with annual youth leadership award for year 2008 in the country. This award aimed at showcasing the vibrant young Nigerian leaders, with recognized potentials, with a view to encouraging them.

 

 

 

September 2008

Nigerian SLAM GIRLS to End Malaria

 “To educate a woman, is like you educate the whole nation”

SYAHD teams of Nigeria, through their partnership with MFI identify the need to educate and empower the students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Dangana With a view to becoming leaders against malaria and take charge of their communities through the global SLAM network and EM-BR.

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Student at the preparatory stage for the workshop

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SYAHD I.E.C officer, welcoming the Students and introducing the session

The session started at 09:30am with Introducing the MFI global efforts and MFI / SYAHD Malaria programs in Nigeria. SYAHD Senior Program officer made presentation on Malaria Basics, Community participation in the Prevention and Control which include education, awareness, environmental sanitation, engaging community students and young people, advocacy and proper use of Insecticide treated net (ITNs). However, SYAHD I.E.C officer in his presentation showcase the various SLAM clubs around the globe (US, India, & Botswana) and encourage students to share ideas with other global SLAM club members to achieve a common goal.

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Malaria Basics, prevention and control Presentation

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Presentation on Malaria Prevention

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Students participating during Questions and Answer session

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ITNs Demonstration to students 

The students strongly believed that; through education and empowering other schools students in the malaria endemic countries, hope can be restored and the scourge will eventually become a history. After the presentations, the students responded to all the questions with utmost enthusiasm, where ITNs were won as prizes by those who answered the questions. Prior to that, the students were allowed to ask their questions first, where answers were given. Some of the questions asked by the students include:

  •  How effective is the use of Insecticide treated nets (ITNs) to children and pregnant mothers?
  • Is Malaria a problem In the U.S and other developed countries?
  • Why malaria affect some individuals more than others?
  • How, as young as we are help in the fight?
  • Does mosquito transmit HIV along with the malaria parasite?
  • Why malaria affect pregnant women and children more?
  • Why can’t we just be immunized against the parasite?
  • How can we link up with our colleagues (SLAM) around the globe?
  • As a trained SLAM can we continue to wear our Blue Ribbon always in the school?
  • Why the treatment failures?
  • Can students from other part of the world join us we when we organize a community activity?

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ITNs Donation to the student

 SYAHD team donated ten (10) ITNs to best participating students during the question and answers session.

STUDENTS COMMENTS

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“Today I met my expectation, I am glad my name is listed among the young leaders in the fight against malaria, we promise not to disappoint our community, because now we can stand and fight malaria through the knowledge we acquire. We hope to continue spreading the message to help end malaria”. - Aisha Abdullahi

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 “I envied the global SLAM club showcased during the session, everyone put on EM-BR symbol, no wonder the network continue growing day-by-day. My surprise is that despite the fact that malaria is not a problem in the U.S, but their students stand to fight the disease. Then what should we wait for? This confirmed that we must all work together, towards achieving a common goal. I sincerely wish SYAHD/MFI the best”. - Hadiza Musa.

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 “I had about malaria species from our Biology teacher, but being among the participants at the malaria workshop today, I have learnt deeply and believed we can all work towards achieving one goal, with MFI and SYAHD working in Nigerian schools. Thank you for your time, your leadership, and dedication. I pray that we can start activities in our just formed club quickly and compete with our counterpart around the globe”- Amina Bala.

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Vice principal Academics passing his comments

The Vice principal (Academy) Alhaji Isa lamented that; since 2006 we never had such a wonderful, educative and interactive session on any health related issues. He however takes the responsibility of mediating the activity of the club between SYAHD/MFI and the school. “This is my program and I promise to handle it myself and not any teacher under me” Said the Vice principal (Academic).He added that, it is an opportunity for our school students to broaden their horizon, interact with other school students within & outside the country, and become leaders in saving humanity. On behalf of the School Principal, we send our high regard to MFI / SYAHD joint partnership for training & setting the SLAM club in our school.

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Group Picture with MFI / SYAHD Banner

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GGSSS Dangana SLAM club team

July 2008

End Malaria-Blue Ribbon Campaign educated pregnant women

On 16th of July, 2008 SYAHD team organized a two day sensitization workshop for pregnant women in Tudun Bojiwa Maternity Health Centre of Nassarawa Local Government, Kano State. The workshop was aimed at providing accurate, and reliable information on malaria in pregnancy, malaria symptoms, and benefit of seeking early treatment.

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SYAHD Director facilitating the session

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  SYAHD Director during interactive session

Community health education is important, as it help individual to recognize early symptoms of malaria and to seek treatment. This will help community members also to avoid having open containers of water in their homes, and minimize the amount of standing water around and in their houses.

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Participant during the interactive session

Malaria is the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in some northern Nigerian communities, where children under five years die each day due to lack or reduced immunity to the disease, with or no access to accurate and reliable information to prevent themselves.

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I.E.C officer displaying the Informative stickers

  SYAHD team through EM-BR Global Campaign has seen the need for organizing a workshop to pregnant women to join hands in the Global fight against malaria. The workshop highlighted the following subject during the interactive session with mothers at the Tudun Bojiwa Maternity Health Centre of the metropolitan city of Kano state.

 1. Raise awareness about the crisis due Malaria to pregnant women and their unborn babies

 2. Educate and enlighten the pregnant women to join EM-BR effort in the global fight against Malaria.

 3. Recognize common symptoms of Malaria

 4. Seek for early treatment or visit any nearest health centre for management and treatment

 5. Proper use of Insecticide Treated Mosquito Net (ITNs)

 

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SYAHD Director, clinic staff, and pregnant women displaying ITNs

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SYAHD Director and clinic staff displaying ITNs

SYAHD team believed in imparting knowledge on Malaria, to the mothers, especially pregnant women. SYAHD is optimistic that through awareness, many lives will be saved and rate of Malaria incidences will one day become Zero in Nigerian communities, and region.

As presented by SYAHD’s Senior Program officer “Malaria could be presented by one or more of the following symptoms. Fever,  Cold and shivering, Headache, Pain in Joints, Loss of appetite, Vomiting, Diarrhea or Convulsion.

He added that now in Nigeria, due to high rate of the infection, every pregnant women should be taking prophylaxis for malaria to prevent its occurrence.

RESPONSE FROM THE PARTICIPANTS

The participants believed that; having such an interactive session with pregnant women during Ante-natal clinic health talk, the rate of Malaria incidence will be minimized. Women have a greater role to play both during pregnancy and after delivery especially with the little knowledge acquired during this workshop, many of our children lives could be save in our various residence and communities  “According to Sadiya Ameenu” one of the participant.

Rabi Isah said “Thank you for your help, you have done a well-done job but you need to continue addressing the Malaria issues using the most predominant language understandable by our local citizens and communities. I am referring to Strictly Hausa Language”

Hadiza Ado said “Kudos to SYAHD and your EM-BR partners. We hope you and your partners or our state government Ministry of Health will provide ITNs especially for some selected child bearing mothers at the clinic, because it is quite effective against malaria prevention. Thank you and GOD bless.

Jamila Salihu, a mother said “ITNs is costly, only few of our rural villagers can afford to buy. We always use coils to control mosquito, cost sixty naira in Nigerian currency for one packet containing ten pieces and can be use for ten days. (Less than one dollar, approximately $0.7)

However, the Nurse in charge of the clinic showed her appreciation to SYAHD through their EM-BR Global Campaign with MFI. We thank you very much for organizing such an educative workshop; the Blue Ribbon symbol is unique in its nature. Hoping more will be supplied to for our clinic staffs who are interested to spread the BR message.

 

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Nurse in charge expressing her appreciation

 ACHIEVEMENT

The following successes were achieved before and during the workshop:

 Approval letter from the Ministry of health

Team work with the hospital staff

Successful completion of the one day workshop with cooperation from the participants

CHALLANGES

The following challenges were noticed during the workshop, and proper plans are in place to re-strategies and bring about positive result in the upcoming campaigns

 Shortage of I.E.C materials in local languages

Blue Ribbon not enough to give out

Shortage of Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (ITNs).

In adequate resources.

Climatic effect( Rainy day)

RECOMMENDATION

88% of the participants called on SYAHD to continue the programs, as it was encouraging and accepted by the community

WAY FORWARD

Production of I.E.C materials in local languages “Hausa Language” by SYAHD

Supply of Blue Ribbon Pins both metal and Fabrics for SYAHD executives and other community members who are ready to join the EM-BR Global campaign

Provision of ITNs especially for pregnant women and children, locally or internationally

Visiting other health centres, schools and clinic in rural communities

Engaging influential people and groups in various communities and regions in the country

 

April 2008

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On 25th April 2008, SYAHD team of Nigeria organize one day workshop to mark the first World Malaria Awareness Day event, through End Malaria Blue Ribbon global campaign in Nigerian Schools and communities. The event took place at Kano youth center with about 150 audiences (students) from eight schools within the state metropolis. SYAHD used this avenue to interact and share more experience with the students as they come from different schools. Presentations were delivered by trained SYAHD personnel, questions were asked by the students and answers were given to them accordingly.

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The background of the training highlighted the global statistics of over 3,000 – 5,000 million people being infected with malaria. However, malaria contributes indirectly to many additional deaths, mainly of young children, through synergy with other infections and illnesses.

During the session, SYAHD also introduced the SLAM Blog and encourage students to share their experiences on malaria as Nigeria is one of the endemic countries. Majority of the students show their interest to contribute in the fight against malaria through forming EM-BR club in their respective community, network with other local schools nearby and finally team up with every school reached, they promise to set up a Kano Student leaders against malaria network (K-SLAM) with representative from each school responsible for coordinating SLAM activities and posting comments in MFI Blog.

The students show much enthusiasm in the EM-BR global campaign that help organize this year Africa Malaria Awareness event, in collaboration with Nigerian partner (SYAHD) who are leading the campaign in Nigeria.

SYAHD team was represented by senior program officer, I.E.C officer, Community Advocacy officer and some volunteers. Here are some of the student’s views after the session:-

  •  Ibrahim; a science student says “I’m glad to see the entire students here present, discussing malaria issues that effect everyone in our community. Thank you MFI / SYAHD for organizing such event. We should keep the date in our calendar, because it’s continuous course of action”
  • Garba Iliyasu; representing GSS Daurawa school says “We promise to form a K-SLAM network, so that we can have a partnered school elsewhere in US to share more ideas on malaria and other tropical diseases” I love the Blue Ribbon and your representative here present.
  •  Musa Salisu; The beauty of EM-BR campaign is the educative nature of it, with a unique symbol that shows change and progress. We hope to receive our BR from SYAHD team. Cheers 

February 2008

SYAHD Nigeria Team educates housewives about malaria in Kano State.
On February 22nd -23rd, 2008, the SYAHD team organized the first workshop for housewives, which aimed at sensitizing them on malaria preventive measures in their respective homes and the community at large. They were selected from different Local government areas (LGAs) of the state metropolis with view to cascading what they have learn to their counterparts in the community.

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Director of women Affairs delivering a lecture                Participants during the session ‘Day 1’
on house keeping & environmental management

 

"To educate one woman is to educate the entire community" that is why SYAHD team, in response to the community demand on educating its members on malaria eradication, decided to train the housewives.

The role of housewives in the fight against mosquitoes/malaria can never be over-emphasized they have a vital role to play in the fight against malaria, especially on the environmental sanitation and destruction of in-house mosquito breeding/hiding sites. In our rural settings they are the ones responsible for taking a sick child to treatment centers; as such they hold too, the potentials in reversing the alarming trend of malaria morbidity.

“We hope this organization (SYAHD) in collaboration with MFI – End Malaria BR campaign will continue to train our colleagues, sisters and mothers to contribute immensely towards eradicating malaria in our respective communities” Said by one participant-Hajiya Salma.

A 35 years old mother with 3 children from village called “Unguwar Mallam” confessed that she never knew of the use of long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, talk less of its efficacy in saving children from malaria. “Now we’re all acquainted with the use of ITNs, never allow mosquito to bite our children”.

The goal of the workshop is to educate the housewives on the causes, prevention, sign and symptoms of malaria, benefit of early treatment, use of Insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs). The SYAHD team was represented by Director Women affairs, Senior program officer, I.E.C officer, community advocacy officer, Director Finance and the rest of volunteers. Pre and post test was conducted to asses the level of the participant’s awareness on the subject matter, before and after the session. 40 housewives from different communities participated in the workshop. They were finally tasked with the responsibility of passing the information to their husbands and other community members.

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Participants                                                                SYAHD Director of Women affairs

December 2007

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Yar Tofa, a village in northern Nigeria, has seen a marked increase in malaria cases recently. It has exacted an enormous toll in lives, medical costs, and in days of labor lost.  The SYAHD team in collaboration with school teachers and community leaders organized the Student Leaders Against Malaria (SLAM) of Yar Tofa, and marched through their communities to educate on the ways to End Malaria.

During the activity, students distributed insecticide treated nets (ITNs) to some selected pregnant women. There were intermittent stoppages along the street to talk to groups of people. The activity was seen as an “explorative” rather than “conventional”, as views of the community leaders, community health extension worker (CHEW), house wives and children were heard.

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                              Students giving ITNs to a Pregnant Woman         SYAHD S.P.O (left), Village Head (middle), and I.E.C during interview

There is growing concern over the alarming trend of malaria infection in this community. As lamented by one house hold member, “I rarely stay for two days without taking one of my children to the near by chemist for chloroquine injection”. Attitude of poor dumping of refuse, rearing their herds in the same living compound, grasses and open-drainages around them are the order of the day in that community.

The rally therefore intended to enlighten the community members on shunning away from these unhealthy practices in order to control the malaria vector (Mosquito). Before the rally, SYAHD team had a session with the students on the End Malaria - Blue Ribbon (EM-BR) messages to pass to the communities. Banners carrying EM-BR messages in local languages were displayed. More over stickers carrying the messages were placed on the house-doors and strategic places in the community.

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SLAM members met with community elders             SLAM placing the informative stickers on doors   

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S.P.O and SLAM with elders group leader       SLA, community leaders and teacher come together

 

During the rally, 213 students talked to community leaders in 15 gathering places to pass the messages. it is estimated that close to 1000 villagers received the End Malaria educational message. Insecticides treated nets were distributed to some selected pregnant women. Its usage was equally demonstrated;

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Description of ITNs usage to a pregnant woman

In addition views of the community leaders, community health extension workers (CHEW), women and children were heard as regard to EM-BR campaign and overall malaria eradication programs for future planning. Blue ribbons were given to community leaders and selected elders. After the rally, a 20 minutes session was held with students, teachers and community elders to share the rally experience.

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 Community Leader with EM-BR Pins on his traditional gown

The inhabitants seriously complained of the malaria cases in the locality after the enlightenment. The community leader appealed for support from civil societies with awareness programs, net distribution and medicines. He however, applauded SYAHD’s effort to organize sensitization sessions with house heads and house wives on malaria control.

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Community Leader pleading with SYAHD to organize elders / house wives training

Meeting with the community health extension worker (CHEW) was of great help in knowing the malaria situation in that community. “I have to continue giving them injection” said by the CHEW. Although we left him convinced on the safety of oral medications and the use of new ACTs, he complained of the financial status of the inhabitants.

SYAHD encouraged the CHEW to continue sensitizing thecommunity on sanitation, bush clearing and promotion of ITNs. He was also encouraged to organize a health talk to the elders and house wives on malaria eradication.

 

October 2007

On 4th October, 2007 Society for Youth Awareness and Health Development (SYAHD) team members kicks off the 1st End- Malaria Blue Ribbon campaign in Nigeria for student leaders. 30 students from 10 schools of Kano State northern Nigeria were in attendance representing their schools as student leaders. The identified student leaders from 10 schools were tasked with the responsibility of cascading what they have learned during the workshop through forming EM-BR clubs in their respective schools. The workshop took place at G.J.S.S Daurawa as the hosting school in the presence of SYAHD chairman of the board members, a consultant / community health physician, Dr. I. Abubakar.

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group picture with SLAM and SYAHD team members after the EM-BR workshop

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SYAHD team and trained SLAM

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Dr. I. Abubakar holding an interview session with trained SLAM

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SLAM Leaders Displaying the Banner during EM-BR Campaign

SYAHD I.E.C officer Muhammad Umar (Leader forming the leaders of tomorrow) with SYAHD Senior Program officer, Ahmad Isah Muhd delivering a lecture on the role of SLAM, and Malaria Basics respectively while Dr. I. Abubakar hold the interview session with the student leaders. 

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Muhammad Umar (I.E.C officer) delivering a lecture on the role

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Ahmad Isah (SYAHD S.P.O) holding a session on Malaria basics

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Dr. I. Abubakar (middle), with SYAHD team members During EM-BR workshop

SYAHD DONATED some gift items to student leaders for their schools as part of the encouragement to swing into action and End-Malaria in their respective schools and communities. Principals of 10 schools received the gift donated by SYAHD.

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Dr. I. Abubakar Presenting a gift to t he

SYAHD Reach out to Students of South-South Nigeria on 8th November, 2007:- Stimulating the students' leadership skills has been identified as one of the best approaches to many public problems. Today's youth possesses the potential for developing innovative  projects, by simply building their capacity and widening their horizons and extending their focus to the subject matter. Our team traveled from Kano State, Northern Nigeria, down to Edo State, South-South Nigeria, to establish the first SLAM club in the Southern part of the country.

Edo State is one of the South-South states of Nigeria, about 1300km (12 hour journey by road) away from Kano state where SYAHD office is located. The event took place at Mind Builders College, Abudu Orhionmwon Local Government, with about 30 students, and five teachers in attendance. The students were equipped with the basics facts about Malaria and its eradication.

 

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I.E.C Briefing SLAM on Malaria Prevention

 

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S.P.O Having Session with the SLAM

SYAHD finds it necessary to extend the program across the geographical zones of the country to encourage more students to join the course and spread the EM-BR campaign. Students of Mind Builders College and their teachers showed their enthusiasm towards the formation of SLAM clubs. During the sessions SLAM Blog was introduced to them as an avenue to meet with students on the globe to share ideas on Malaria prevention, control and treatment. Internet access is not available in this facility, therefore, students were encouraged to write their messages to be posted on the SLAM blog.

In addition, some hand written letters from SLAM club of northern Nigeria (Kano State) were shared with the students. The letters basically contain some strategies on how to establish a successful SLAM club and make the members active. As a student leader of a school, it is advisable to use the class representative of each class in identifying only one (in the beginning) most respected, punctual and most listened student to join the club. Before doing that secure cooperation from your principal and class teacher, as the head be composed and seek for more knowledge on Malaria. this is a letter from one of the student leaders from Kano to students of Mind Builders College.

In turn, the students of Mind Builder College wrote letters to the students of northern Nigeria, showing interest in befriending them and join forces to make Nigeria a free Malaria country. They suggested organizing a workshop or debate sessions with students from all the zones of the country to brainstorm on Malaria and prospect of SLAM in Nigeria.

 

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SLAM with I.E.C Displaying a net (ITNs)

SYAHD team donated 10 Insecticide treated nets (ITNs) to 10 best responding students as motivation, (5 from junior class and 5 from senior class); the SYAHD team was represented by Senior Program Officer, Ahmad Isah and Information, Education & Communication officer, Muhammad Umar. A revisit plan was made with cooperation of the Mind Builders College Principal; he promised reaching more schools before our revisit.

During the workshop, students inquired about  the history of Malaria, access to ITNs, resistance of the parasite to drugs, and best treatment. Answers were provided by trained SYAHD personnel.

Meet the SYAHD team:

Director/Project coordinator- Salisu Dahiru.

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Salisu Dahiru, 28 years is a professional development worker closed to grass root. An evidence to justify his doings is his vast experience in community development works, his linkages to provide access to networking with other NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, and government bodies. How ever, he posses experienced leadership skills from other organizations that have been in communities especially for those that are facing difficult and uncertain future. Salisu is one of the principal founders of SYAHD and direct all the organizations affairs. His experiences from grass root have been an advantage to coordinating and directing SYAHD projects. He has worked for Adolescent Health and Information Projects, Kano Nigeria as a youth coordinator, for about 10 years where he counsels youths on shunning away from social vices and drug abuse. He is one time the assistant coordinator community action through sports, British council in partnership with AHIP, and a consultant for sports program on polio programs with COMPASS, Kano office. He also supervises street immunization for world health organization WHO Kano state. Salisu possesses a Diploma in Information Technology, and now preparing for his Bachelor degree program. He attended various capacity building trainings on social and Health issues, some of which include leadership trainings on Reproductive Health and sexuality education by UNDP, IWHC, and Mozambique government in South Africa, and youth leadership training by LEAP AFRICA. Salisu a seasoned and vast facilitator and certified HIV counselor and tester, participated in many community development surveys, which include survey on community development funded by john Hopkins University Nigeria, and AHIP reproductive Health survey in 12 states of northern Nigeria.  

Senior Program Officer-Ahmad Isah Muhammad

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Ahmad Isah Muhammad, 25 years, is one of the principal founders of SYAHD and holds the vantage position in the organization as the Senior Program Officer (SPO). His objective is to achieve full potential in humanitarian services and develop in intellectual ability as well. Ahmad is responsible for designing curriculum and programs for SYAHD and also provides technical assistance to organizations program officers. He ensures that viable programs are developed from other programs and units officers. He also carries out oversight functions on developing, implementing and sustaining SYAHD programs. He however develops and oversees departmental sub-recipient and overall annual work plans that serve as a guide to monitoring and evaluation.  To strengthen the quality of SYAHD activities, Ahmad ensures capacity building of SYAHD staffs and volunteers through relevant collaborative efforts. He represents SYAHD in activities with partners and other donor agencies. Ahmad holds a bachelor degree in Biochemistry with upper second class honor, a diploma in sciences and laboratory technology, and now seriously warming for his M.Sc. Degree.  His wealth of experience rooted from being in social & public health arena. He is currently coordinating street immunization activity, an activity initiated by him and funded by WHO, Kano state office. He has been participating in many public health surveys, some of which are immunization demand base line survey, funded by PRRINN/DFID, knowledge attitude and perception on the uptake of polio vaccine in northern Nigeria, funded by NPI Nigeria. Ahmed had some little experience in academics, as he finds time to attend to students of science and laboratory technology, Kano state polytechnic as a part time lecturer, and also teaches at AHIP Institute for Human Development. He is a trained development knowledge facilitators (DKF), by British council /World Bank institute, certified HIV counselor and tester, and a Trainer Of Trainees on injection safety, by institute of human virology, Nigeria, an affiliate of the institute of human virology, university of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.  

Director Finance-Aminu Sulaiman.

as3Aminu Sulaiman, 29 years, finds no problem with any anyone, provided he/she justifies and retire his prescribed spending of the organizations funds. He is the Director, Finance and as such the anchor personnel in the management of the organizations funds. Aminu helps the organization in fund raising, budget harmonization from various units, and prepare retirements to the organization and the donor agency concern, in his ensures appropriation of funds. He prepare proposal budgets to donor agencies and also efforts to making the organizations financial operation clean, he always preaches honesty, prudence ,and transparency in the organization. Aminu is a trained financial officer, and attended various training on organization financial operation, some of which include the recently concluded one by PA adebinpe chartered accounting firm and IHVN. He holds a diploma in public administration and Certificate in computing Despite his commitment in financial operation, Aminu still have time to participate in SYAHD community programs, he also supervises street immunization at local government level and attended training on youth leadership, HIV counseling and testing, voters’ education and election conflict management.    

Information, Education & Communication Officer-  Muhammad Umar

mu4Information, Education & Communication officer is one of the sensitive offices in SYAHD, and is headed by the ever enthused Muhammad Umar, 25 years old. He is responsible for communication with other partners, providing information to the outside communities and also designing I.E.C Materials for the organization. He monitors and evaluates SYAHD’s programs from various indicators, through monthly information and data collection from various units. Working with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital greatly helps Muhammad to discharge his monitoring and evaluation duties at SYAHD in excellence. Under the community medicine department, monitoring and evaluation unit, he has been responsible for Validation and reconciliation of patient records,  analysis of patient improvement through PMM, providing IT/PC supports on the M&E networks PCs and analysis of data using SPSS, EPi-Info, Stata & MINITAB  Muhammad is currently studying economics and cooperative management, and holds a certificate in medical records and information management. He how ever attended various trainings and workshops some of which includes training on Quality Program Monitoring and evaluation, Data Quality Assurance, Quality in Data Collection / Reporting, introduction to CareWare and Preparation of structure Query Language organized by / Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (PEPFAR ACTION Project) an affiliate of University of Maryland Baltimore, U.S.A. Despite his engagement in his department, he still finds time to supervise street immunization at local govt. level, during Immunization plus Days (IPDs) and SYAHD’s outreach programs. 

Director Women Affairs- Fatima B. Sa’ad.

fsb5Fatima B. Sa’ad is a women liberalist with her mind always towards seeing that women are properly mainstreamed in all endeavors of life. Since her assumption as the Director, Women affairs, she brought in many programs that are directly beneficial to women and children. In her quest to see that women are free from most of the maternal problems afflicting them, she organizes health talks in community clinics and women Islamic schools on maternal health, HIV/AIDS, VVF, Safe Motherhood, and PMTCT, under the auspices of SYAHD. More over, she leads SYAHD’s home based care team for people living/affected by HIV/AIDS. Fatima did not restricted her self to maternal health, but also establishes linkages to other donor agencies with SYAHD in order to source for micro credit and skills acquisition opportunities for women that are vulnerable to poverty and unemployment. She also represents SYAHD in gender matters with relevant partners and other agencies. Fatima is a graduate of Biochemistry and attended much training on maternal Health, HIV counseling and testing, leadership programs, HBC, and PMTCT. She is happily married and blessed with two kids. 

PROGRAM OFFICER, HCT-Jamila Sulaiman Dauda.

jsd6HIV Counseling and testing department of SYAHD is being headed by Jamila Sulaiman Dauda. In the beginning of her engagement with SYAHD in 2005, she was the deputy Director Women affairs and now program officer HCT, from January 2006 to date. Since her assumption into HCT department she has been coordinating HCT activities by giving technical assistance to junior counselors at sites and outreach programs. She generates reports on HCT progress from various indicators, ensuring proper referral tracking and access to treatment for people that tested positive. Jamila is a graduate of Microbiology and holds a diploma in computer application and software maintenance. She attended some trainings among which are on HCT, Youth Leadership programs. She is also a Development Knowledge Facilitator (DKF), trained by British council and World Bank Institute. 

PROGRAM OFFICER, DEMOCRACY AND GOOD  GOVERNANCE-Nura Iro Ma’aji.

nim7Nura Iro Ma’aji, 25 years old is the anchor man in the management of SYAHD’S Democracy and good governance department. Programs concerning voters’ education, monitoring of election and training young people towards inculcating them the interest of become future parliamentarians and advocate of good governance and rule of law are run by his office under the auspices of SYAHD, in collaboration with relevant partners. Nura is a graduate of political science and attended many trainings on democracy and good governance, few of which includes the legislative internship program with Africa leadership forum, funded by Norwegian embassy, DESPLAY program on democracy and good governance with youngstars foundation, funded by National Endowment for democracy (NED), USA, Youth Leadership Program and Integrity Institute with LEAP Africa/NOKIA/IYF/UKS’ Global opportunity fund. He has also participated in a five days National Youth consultation on feminism organized by Girls power Initiative and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), USA. Despite his engagement as an advocate for democracy and good governance for SYAHD, he is also a peer facilitator with LEAP Africa and an advocate with USAID/Population’s project on HIV/AIDS Prevention of Vulnerable youth in Northern Nigeria. 

 

Contact information for I.E.C officer, Muhammad Umar

Society for Youth Awareness and Health Development (SYAHD)

No. 9b Wudil Road opposite Tarauni Primary School

P.O. BOX 13635 Kano State Nigeria

+234-7030922497

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