Description/achievement of initiative
The Focus on Development Africa Initiative with the support of its partners will implement A Food Safety, Nutrition & WASHQ (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Quality) campaign in rural communities in Abia State. The objective of the project is to promote healthy practices and build healthy behaviours amongst primary schools pupils and women in rural communities in order to improve school attendance and influence communities positively. Attention will be paid to maintaining the quality of potable water through ideal handling and storage. Unemployed Youth from the communities will be recruited and trained to carry out campaign.
1. A Baseline study will include a Situation analysis that will provide a guide on areas of need and help build Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timebound goals.This will be done through Focus group discussion with the Community Women.2. Introductory meetings will be held with Section/Ward Heads, Traditional heads and State Government Officials and community influencers to discuss scope of the project, their involvement and resources available for the project. This will also strengthen Interaction and Collaboration with the State Government. Their role of positive influence will be discussed. Collaboration with other partners of like interests and stakeholders will be established. The State Primary School Board shall play an important role in assigning teachers from schools to assist in the project. 3. The Scope of the project will be defined and maintained with set Milestones. 4. Recruitment and training of Ad Hoc project staff; Youth and Female indigenes of the communities within the scope. 5. Awareness Campaign will be done in Primary Schools, Youth meetings, Community and village meetings and Women groups. Channels of communication include use of prerecorded videos, brochures, one on one discussions, focus groups, social media, flyers and posters. 6. Demographic characteristics of community participants, perception and practise information will be collected for records and follow-up.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
1. Training and Capacity building of Ad Hoc Project staff. 2. Provision and distribution of materials needed for Campaign. Materials include; Banners, T-shirts, Brochures, boards, Books and Videos. 3. Learning from Resource persons ; experts in the specialty of Public Health; Food and Water Safety. Participants are made aware of the objectives of the campaign as so to remain focused. 4. Women and children will be involved in a participatory campaign where they will be taught the Importance of Food Safety, Nutrition and WASHQ. Methods of safe practices will be taught as a means to influence change of malpractices. Upon a successful completion and confirmation of impact of this project in Aba North Local Government Area, Campaign will be replicated to Other local Governments and the entire State at large with possibilities of a Nation wide campaign.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Monitoring and Evaluation; Project will be monitored to ensure objective procedures are followed and at the End of the Project an Evaluation process will begin to determine the how much input e.g resources were allocated, the impact of the project and to what extent it has met objectives. Reports shall be distributed to Community heads, School Boards, The State Government and Other Stakeholders. DURATION OF PROJECT: Baseline Study - 3 weeks, Introductory meetings - 2 weeks, Awareness Campaign/ Monitoring - 5 weeks (scheduled according to Community women meetings) Evaluation - 3 weeks Report Compilation/ Submission - 2 weeks.
Focus on Development Africa Initiative, Dr Timothy McAuley: CHANGE (Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & a Greener Environment) New York, Alpha and Godsons. Environmental Health Officers of Nigeria, Abia State Government dept of Sustainable Development.