A Community Health Physician and President, Centre for Health Sciences, Training, Research and Development, CHESTRA, Nigeria, Dr. Lola Dare has said that its I Will Give project, was a way of assisting government in promoting health care in Nigeria.
Dare made this disclosure at a lecture delivered at a Guest Forum organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Oyo State chapter.
She said the private and public philanthropists have to participate in sustainable development goals in the area of good health care for all.
She said the eight Millennium Development Goals, have become unrealisable and unachievable since they were put up by external agencies adding that Africans have evolved 17 new sustainable development goals which must be achieved by year 2020.
She said international funding agencies have refused to fund health projects again, due to the global economic recess going on around the world which compelled Africans to now look inwards to domestic funding.
She said “I Will Give”, was a project of CHESTRAD, which primarily promotes the giving nature of Africans, to collective sustain development of our society.
“IWG is a form of domestic financing which will enhance development of the community; it aligns the business and public sectors in philanthropy, which is not alien to the culture of Africans,” she said.
Dare said that IWG provides an African platform to expand domestic financing through organised philanthropy, community giving and corporate social responsibility and shared value.
“IWG partners with financial institutions, corporations and public sector with a client data base; invites high net worth individuals, and general public to subscribe to charitable giving.
“IWG will channel these resources generated into pro-poor programmes of high social impact and economic benefit identified as having the highest return on investments,” she said.
She added that the project will expand coverage and improve options for the empowerment of women and the girl-child.
“Our investment areas include; early learning and child development which we refer to as ‘TARIRO,” education and empowerment of the African woman and girl-child, which we tagged,” KAMBASA”.
“Other areas are; youth empowerment and sustainable livelihood which we tagged “UMBELE”, and “ORI-ADE”, which will provide universal access to health commodities and services, “she said.
Dare said all the investments of IWG would complement efforts of government in proving basic health facilities to the populace.
She said the federal government decision to establish model primary health care centres in all 774 local governments in the country was a welcomed innovation.
She applauded the efforts of the government adding that most community health care centres were non-functional.
“For health care to be fully accessible to all and sundry, every region must have at least one health centre, because there is already uneven distribution in existence.
“Balance is all we need here; the existing one should be upgraded, equipped and made functional with commensurate manpower available.
“The Federal Government need to focus more on primary health Care approach and the whole health sector should be appropriately equipped and funded,” she said.

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