Our programs are geared towards helping the African people find and strengthen their sense of self worth by building their capacity to live a life of hope, health and happiness. Gede Foundation offers the following services:
- Clinical: Treatment and Care
- Social: Scholarship and Skills Acquisition Training for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
- Training: Private Health Care Facilities Personnel and Role Model Mothers on Malaria Prevention and Treatment in Nigeria
(also see: Partners in Training)
The comprehensive Treatment and Care Program provides clinical services in the form of medical examination, counseling, the conduct of laboratory diagnostic tests, and drug dispensation. Our medical doctors, laboratory technologists, counselors, and pharmacists work together to provide anti-retroviral therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS. We are a treatment center recognized by the Ministry of Health and, as such, provide free anti-retroviral drugs to those who need them. We respect the individual’s right to privacy and we make sure that all information are kept strictly confidential, and that all tests are performed according to federal and international standards.
The Foundation supports the education of children orphaned by AIDS through the OVC Scholarship Program. Those enrolled in primary and secondary schools enjoy free tuition, lesson fees, uniforms, books, and other school materials throughout the school year. Children who are old enough to learn income-generating skills are trained in hairdressing, knitting, tailoring, computer use, an vehicle repair. A pilot training center was established in Kabussa Community to have a place to create their products and to enable the training graduates to train others in the community. In the near future, our goal is to provide additional skills and support for microfinance in far-flung communities.
The Foundation’s Training Program, in collaboration with organizations like Society for Family Health, train hundreds of health workers and professionals in several states in Nigeria on HIV counseling and testing, as well as the prevention and treatment of malaria. Training for HIV in the workplace is also offered to organizations who wish to make their employees aware of HIV/AIDS prevention and workplace policies.
From conducting awareness campaigns in the communities to running a comprehensive treatment and care program for people who want to know their status or to manage their illness, offering education and skills training support to children orphaned by AIDS, and training health workers, the Foundation aims to provide the region with services and support in recognition of the clinical and social needs of individuals.