HIFA-Voice IRIN News: "The US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan - which caused deaths and destruction - is seen by many Muslims here as a war on their brethren. They wonder how the same countries responsible for this colossal carnage can now turn and save lives elsewhere. To them, it doesn't make any sense that you offer to save my children from a crippling disease yet are killing my brothers," said Nasir.
‘[COMPASS is a] major USAID-funded project focused on four Nigerian states including Kano, and 'was the first major development project in Nigeria to integrate health with education, engaging the knowledge, effort, and commitment of leaders at the national, state, local and grassroots levels in a common quest for sustainable progress. The project envisioned an environment in which every Nigerian was involved in learning, planning, and action to improve health and education in his or her community.'
In Nigeria, Ward Development/Health Committees whose responsibility it is to pass health information to communities are not functional in a high proportion of wards (the smallest geopolitical unit of about 30000 to 50000 people). Their people are more likely to listen to them but they (committees) are PARALYZED! (Not funded) or POLITICIZED! [...] Major challenges like politics and corruption may seem difficult to tackle but WE MUST ALWAYS DO OUR BEST TO GET CORRECT INFORMATION TO THE PEOPLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
The tragedy of terrorists murdering health workers on active duty to immunise children (and adults) rightly continues to drum up comments, meetings, conferences and summits. But apart from the misleading pronouncements of a few academics and some religious elites, which confounds an already confused population, the policy of National Immunisation Days (NIDs) like the one UNICEF was planning for June & August 2013, further confuses the parents and carers.
HIFA-Voice: “KANO, 13 March 2013 (IRIN) - An ongoing measles outbreak, which killed 36 children and infected over 4,000 in northern Nigeria between 16 February and 9 March, has been linked to a drop-off in immunizations due to vaccine shortages in regional health clinics and widespread suspicion of the vaccine, say government health officials. Many parents have declined to vaccinate their children against measles as they believe the vaccine is harmful, according to Ado Mohammed, director-general of Nigeria's National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) ...
CANBERRA (Reuters) - 'Top World Health Organisation officials and Islamic leaders will meet in Egypt next week in an effort to stop attacks on polio workers, which are hampering the eradication of the virus in some countries with large Muslim populations. "Shooting health workers who are protecting kids from this crippling disease is against the Quran and everything Islam stands for," WHO's Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward told Reuters in Canberra on Friday.
The original sect [Boko Haram] was obviously poorly literate in 'western' education, which they opposed and were probably unsophisticated. It now looks as if highly sophisticated extremist Islamic terrorist organisations already operating in the Middle East have taken advantage of the weak administrative structures and numerous internal stresses in Nigeria to slip in through the back door and recruit elements of the original Boko Haram to intensify their battle for global Islamisation and strike at what they perceive as the interest of western powers.
The root cause of the polio challenge in northern Nigeria [is] not religious as the south west is 50 per cent Islamic and immunization is fully accepted. It is not lack of correct information as there are doctors involved in the stance of the extremists and there are several medical schools in the region. [...] The root cause in northern Nigeria is political because since the advent of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, there has been a great resistance from the north spearheaded by the sect, Boko Haram, which the President even claims is in his cabinet.
It is the misuse of health personnel as spies that provoked the recent and most regrettable killing of innocent health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria. General populations in either of those countries are not naive and know what health benefits are related to vaccination. Some extreme, and politically or 'religiously' motivated groups have used it a ready excuse to kill and cause instability amongst already unstable regimes and governments.
We have a quite number of community health workers (CHWs) who are heavily involved in creating awareness, sensitization so as to improve the uptake of health services amongst the community members they represent (Household members) especialy the under 5s, pregnant mothers, clients with chronic illineses, family planning and improving sanitation.