HANDS Projects

The Health and Development Support Programme (HANDS) is a Non-governmental Development Organization working to improve public health activities that will bring about good health and wellbeing of the communities that we provide services of controlling and eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and prevention of blindness. The project coordinating office is located in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria. The choice of the location is for easy access to the supported states of Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).

Projects and Activities

    Great impacts were made in the lives of many poor rural dwellers through the activities of HANDS and its implementing partners in the year 2016 in Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with support from CBM, DFID Sightsavers and Ma’anah Foundation.

    The Trachoma SAFE Project-Kano, supported by DFID through Sightsavers commenced implementation in June 2016 and have recorded milestones of achievement within the period under review; the Project trained 520 Trichiasis Casefinders, 20 Trichiasis Surgery Assistants, 10 Trichiasis Surgeons and 6 Trichiasis Surgery Supervisors. Trained personnel worked with HANDS project team to conduct all planned project activities in targeted endemic communities; over 100 community leaders (Hakimi, Dagaci, Mai-Angwa etc) in Minjibir LGA were sensitized and involved in Community Mobilization to facilitate community participation. Over 520 Community-Based Volunteer men and women were trained as TT Casefinders and equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify, counsel and facilitate service uptake among Trichiasis Patients. A total of 1,709 people suffering from TT were operated between August and December 2016 in Minjibir LGA.

    The UNITED Project is a DFID supported project implemented by HANDS in Kano state; the project aims to eliminate NTDs through Mass Drug Administration (MDAs) in endemic communities of the state. In 2016, a total of 767,302 people were treated with Azithromycine for Trachoma while 792,829 people received Ivermectin for treatment of Onchocerciasis. A total of 9,393,807 people were treated with Albendazol for the control of Lymphatic Filariasis while 546,242 people received Praziquantel for treatment of Schistosomiasis; and 1,149,281 people were treated for Soil Transmitted Helminthes. A total of 14,065 personnel were trained as follows SOCTs (14); LOCTs (220); FLHFs (649); Teachers (2,327) and CDDs (10,855) people.

    The Rural Eye Care Services in Nigeria (RECSiN) Project, is supported by CBM in Kano, Jigawa and Yobe states to reduce avoidable blindness and visual impairment in Nigeria by 25% by the year 2020. The project aimed to achieve this goal by improving access to comprehensive eye health services through advocacies and awareness creation on eye diseases and related issues in communities, provision of eye care services to less privileged patients through outreach in communities, School eye screening, provision of eye medication and glasses, Community eye education, distribution of IEC materials on prevention of blindness, capacity building of personnel on Primary eye care and Low Vision, Referral for surgical intervention such as cataract, glaucoma , trichiasis among others. In 2016, HANDS conducted a total of 900 free Cataract Surgeries in rural communities of Kano and Jigawa States; the organization also sensitized community leaders and the general public on the importance of Eye care through Community visits, Radio Jingles, distribution of Posters and Handbills.

    In 2016, HANDS treated a total of 2,639,333 persons with 7,917,999 tablets of Ivermectin in endemic communities of Jigawa, Yobe, Kano and the FCT. The treatment was carried out in 12 LGAs of Yobe, 17 LGAs of Jigawa, 18 LGAs of Kano and 6 Area Councils of the FCT.

    In 2016 the total school enrolment in the states supported by HANDS (Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and FCT) were 990,828 children (age 5-14 years) A total of 762,893 children (age 5-14) were treated with 1,525,786 tablets of Praziquantel in Kano, Yobe, Jigawa states and the FCT. A total of 3,735 Teachers in 1,996 Schools were trained in the four HANDS supported states

    Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infection is a major public health problem which has constituted huge social and economic burden in Nigerian. High prevalence of STH infection is mostly seen among school age Children in rural communities and the major contributing factor is lack of hygiene. HANDS has been involved in the treatment of STH in Jigawa, Kano and Yobe State. Health education with emphases on hand-washing, wearing of shoe/sandal and personal hygiene; improved health education and regular supervision, de-worming exercise with Albendezol, provision of toilets at homes and schools and improved sanitary disposal of human wastes among the pupils and others in the communities has helped in the reduction of STH. Jigawa state is endemic with STH in 5 LGAs with targeted population of 431,742 school age children and treated 234,104 school age children, Kano state is endemic with STH in 17 LGAs with targeted population of 1,186,599 school age children and treated 1,149,281 school age children in the year 2016. Yobe state is not endemic for STH.

    Lymphatic Filariasis is endemic in 86 LGAs in the four states that we support (Kano–44; Jigawa–27; Yobe–11; FCT–4). Treatment for the disease commenced in 2010 with 14 LGAs; and have progressed over the years to cover the entire 86 endemic LGAs. Lymphatic Filariasis is treated with a combination of Mectizan and Albendazole tablets. Activities were conducted in all the HANDS supported states (Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and FCT) in 2016. A total of 14, 372,820 persons were treated in the four HANDS supported states.

    The Disability Inclusive Emergency Response is a CBM supported project implemented by HANDS in two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps (Pampamari and Kukareta) in Yobe State in the last quarter of 2016. The project seeks to address critical needs of the Most-at-Risk IDPs with regards to food insecurity, NTDs, poor sanitation, unavailability of Eye health services, lack of psychosocial intervention and exclusion of persons with disabilities from mainstream basic services. Achievement of HANDS include advocacies to key stakeholders, trainings for volunteers and other categories of personnel, Mass Administration of Medicines to 14,527 displaced persons for NTD elimination, Psychosocial services to 403 persons, psychiatric consultation for 47 persons identified with mental illness, distribution of Food items, cooking utensils, Blankets and Mosquito Nets to 539 displaced persons.

    Integrated Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD Project-2829) is a CBM supported project implemented by HANDS in collaboration with the governments of Jigawa, Yobe and FCT. The project seeks to eliminate NTDs and improve socio-economic status of the affected people through integrated control system for mass drug distribution, facilitation of access to curative services and building local capacity to sustain activities in project sites. Since 2013, the project has supported the elimination of Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Trachoma, Schistosomiasis and Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) through the distribution of donated drugs in endemic communities. Key project activities include advocacies, community sensitization and mobilization, trainings of personnel and drug distribution. A total of 1,846,504 people were treated for Onchocerciasis, 2,559,760 people were treated for Trachoma; 4,979,013 people were treated for Lymphatic Filariasis, 216,651 people were treated for Schistosomiasis; and 265,536 people for Soil Transmitted Helminths.

Core Values

  • 1) We are committed to human development.

  • 2) We provide our services to all mankind irrespective of their nationality, tribe, gender, religion, colour or race without favouritism.

  • 3) We show dedication and transparency in all we do.

  • 4) We are accountable to our partners and clients.

  • 5) We give correct information to the public on health and other matters.

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