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Africancommunityhealthinitiative

Cause Area

  • Health & Medicine

Location

2318 KINGS CIRCLEWOODBURY, MN 55125 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

ACHI aims to promote healthy communities by providing health screenings, health education, health maintenance, and professional consultation necessary to improve the quality of life for villagers

Description

  • For one month each summer a team of nurses and volunteers from Minnesota arrive in East Nigeria to perform health outreaches in rural villages. Access to basic health care is limited for several reasons: health care facilities in rural Nigeria are scarce; the majority of Nigerians do not earn enough money to travel to a clinic. Travel in East Nigeria is subject to problems with infrastructure and inclement weather. Life expectancy in Nigeria is 48 years old for women and 46 years old for men. The World Health Organization reports that the most impressive health problem in Nigeria is the number of cases of Malaria. 25 percent of all children under 1 years old die in Nigeria, many from Malaria. In 2010, ACHI treated 1,188 people diagnosed with Malaria.

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