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Public health nursing outreach programs in Nigeria
Aging with Grace Health Services (AWIG) Nigeria puts a smile on the faces of Nigerian Seniors! Many older persons in rural, urban Nigerian villages and cities experience negative stereotypes, various forms of neglect, abuse and abandonment. Nigeria has no functional ageing-friendly policies, or services to combat elderly maltreatment. Many aging persons have no retirement benefits, and those that have retired are denied their well-deserved gratuity and pension by the government. There are no social security systems, and there is a lack of trained professional caregivers.
Many of the elderly men and widowers die early from lack of support. Children and relatives of the old people, in search of ‘greener pastures’ in towns and cities get busy trying to make ends meet and skip making regular contacts, checking in or visiting their aged parents and loved ones.
In the South East Nigeria especially, but not exclusively, insecurity is increasingly becoming a challenge. Elders in our various villages and localities stand at risk of being kidnapped as they go around their local environment that they are used to. Gory stories of loved ones that are kidnapped and tortured in captivity is common. Children, especially those who live outside the shores of the country, often live in daily fear and many have had to pay huge sums of money as ransom or risk losing their parents to senseless murder.
AWIG, a Public Health Nurse-led initiative established in 2017 is committed to providing home health care to seniors, and retired citizens in their own private homes. AWIG's compassionate staff provide top-notch personal, companion, skilled, transitioning, respite, nutritional and 24-hour rapid response services. AWIG also offers internationally accredited caregiving certification and internship opportunities using evidence-based training curriculum.
For more information about AWIG services and Trainings, https://awighealth.com/.
2. Child Health Services: Akwa Ibom-South-South
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