CDAHEFcommemorates Patient Solidarity Day in Nigeria
Members of Community Development Awareness and Health Empowerment Foundation (CDAHEF) commemorated the 2017 Patients Solidarity Day (PSD) on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Bashorun Community of Ibadan, Capital City of Oyo State of Nigeria.
On Saturday, 2nd December, 2017, the PSD activities were flagged off at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ile Akede, Orita Bashorun, Ibadan. The Executive Director of CDAHEF, Mr. Samuel Okunoye Okewoye took the lead with by giving an opening speech followed by enthusiastic drumming, singing, dancing and display of banner. Many songs on various diseases were chanted.
Twenty representatives from 15 different organizations were engaged by CDAHEF. The branded T-Shirt and Caps were distributed to them as well as copies of printed IEC materials. this was followed by a road walk, street rally, market rally along with distribution of IEC Materials especially the adopted Flyers that contained Patient Solidarity Day useful information.
Community Leaders were interviewed to confirm their level of knowledge and understanding of Patient Solidarity Day. More-so, as the rally moved on, brief inter-personal conversations were held with the community members met on the way, in their shop and in the market respectively. Some people were able to express their health concerns. Their contact details were taken and proper referral were given to them with a view to making necessary follow-up later.
The Awareness Campaign emphasized the fact that all humans globally need quality healthcare services to be provided by the authority. To achieve this, we need proper knowledge to empower us to demand for our rights in the proper perspective. Patients have the right to be engaged as key partners to enable them play a meaningful role in making decisions about their own health. Hence, the importance of this year’s theme – “Globally Empowered Patients : Power through Knowledge”.
The theme was thoroughly explained to all interested people we met in the community. Interestingly, their level of knowledge about Patient Solidarity Day was increased.
The strategies of Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) used was successful. The use of both English and Yoruba (one of the major Nigerian indigenous languages) enabled community populace to get mutual understanding of the message about Patient Solidarity Day.
CDAHEF and other advocates are very grateful for the opportunity and support from IAPO to commemorate 2017 Patient Solidarity Day.