Public Health

To collaborate with government agencies and similar NGOS for the provision of medical aid, prevention and treatment of diseases.

We help health systems and local partners to improve maternal, neonatal and child health; fight infectious and non-communicable diseases; help equip hospitals and primary healthcare centers, embark on medical outreach, respond to disasters and health crises.

➢ DISASTER AND HEALTH CRISIS

➢ INFECTIOUS DISEASES

➢ MATERNAL, NEONATAL & CHILD HEALTH

➢ NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCDS)

DISASTER AND HEALTH CRISIS: Gray Child responds to disasters and health crises around Nigeria, providing immediate relief and help to strengthen local health systems for the long term.

In the short term:

• We deploy expert volunteers (Rotarians/ Red Crossers) to respond to health and infrastructure needs.

• We mobilize mobile medical units to affected and remote communities in need of urgent care and pharmaceuticals.

• We distribute medicines and relief supplies based on needs outlined by health facilities.

• We do whatever is needed to immediately save lives and protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities.

In the longer term:

• We strengthen health care systems by repairing clinics, WASH systems, supply chain improvements to keep medicines safe and ensure their availability, and more.

• We improve the skills and knowledge of local health workers priority areas like emergency obstetric care and rehabilitation so they are more prepared for the future.

• We help communities become more resilient by providing emergency preparedness training and guidance.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Gray Child helps communities to fight the burdens of infectious diseases, focusing on Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and TB.

We prioritize:

• Reaching at-risk populations

• Increasing case finding and detection

• Expanding access to quality care, treatment, and support services

• Improving adherence to treatment

MATERNAL, NEONATAL & CHILD HEALTH: Gray Child in partnership with professional aid workers organizes training and empowers local health care workers to improve maternal, neonatal, and child health in rural communities.

Our approach focuses on helping women and infants improve their access to:

Routine, essential care before, during and after childbirth: We support health care workers and facilities with skills and tools throughout the birth process. The interventions we promote include antenatal, monitoring and management of labour, active management of the third stage of labour, hygienic cord care and vaccinations within one hour of birth. We also promote vital practices like routine newborn screenings, skin-to-skin contact and exclusive breastfeeding.

Emergency obstetric and newborn care: In rural communities, we help ensure that skilled birth attendants have the capabilities they need to provide care. That’s why we promote deliveries by skilled birth attendants, safe blood transfusions, corticosteroids for preterm labour, antibiotics to treat infection and sepsis, resuscitation training for babies with asphyxia, Kangaroo Mother Care and the safe administration of oxygen and ventilation.

Care for sick and pre-term babies: In rural communities in Abuja, Gray Child established a mentoring program at the primary healthcare centers focusing on high risk/sick newborns. The program includes essential and emergency care, resuscitation, management of pre-term and sick babies, prevention of infection and safe use of equipment. We are also working with countries and partners to establish advanced-level education programs for advanced neonatal nurse programs for the optimal care of sick newborns.

Integrated HIV/AIDS and MNCH services: HIV-positive pregnant women are eight times more likely to die during pregnancy, delivery and the postnatal period than HIV-negative women. Our comprehensive approach reduces the impact of HIV/AIDS on maternal mortality through testing, counselling and Preventing Mother to Child Transmission programs for pregnant women with HIV/AIDS.

NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCDS): Gray Child works to address the rapidly growing risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) nationwide—especially diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory diseases etc.

Our approach focuses on:

• Increasing the capacity of health professionals at all levels through evidence-based education models and innovative online learning tools.

• Improving patient self-management of NCDs through evidence-based models.

• Engaging peers, family members, and the community to encourage healthy lifestyles through health education and community-based screenings.

• Coordinating with local governments and partners on new health policies to improve the prevention, detection, management, and treatment of NCDs.

• Increasing access to essential equipment and medicines.