Thursday, 24 April 2014

Ugandan nurse accused of spreading HIV

Kampala - Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears.

The Ugandan press had dubbed her “the killer nurse”, after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient.

The 64-year-old nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, was charged with attempted murder, denied bail and sent to jail in an unusual case that many here saw as a horrifying example of the lax hospital standards believed to be prevalent in the East African country.

But in the course of her trial - on the revised charge of criminal negligence - the nurse is attracting sympathy and emerging as the apparent victim of rampant stigma in a country that until recently was being praised as a global leader in fighting Aids and promoting an open attitude toward the disease.


The nurse, while attempting to give an injection to a distraught child on January 7, accidentally pricked her finger with a needle, according to Aids-Free World, an international advocacy group that has been monitoring the ongoing trial.

After bandaging her finger she returned to administer the injection, apparently using the contaminated needle.

Uncertain about whether the same needle was used, the child's mother “became concerned about the possibility that her child had been exposed to HIV”, the groupsaid.

After a test showed the nurse was HIV-positive, she was arrested and prosecutors argued against giving her bail on the grounds that she posed a grave danger to the public.


If convicted, the nurse faces seven years in jail and would be the first Ugandan medical worker to be sentenced under a colonial-era law against negligent acts likely to lead to the spread of an infectious disease.

The child who may have been exposed to HIV was given post-exposure treatment and will be tested again for HIV in the coming days, according to lawyers and activists familiar with the case.


Namubiru's trial has consequences for the rights of people with HIV and Aids, say Aids activists in Uganda and abroad. Uganda, which achieved global attention in the 1990s for its efforts to stem the spread of the disease, has about 1.5 million people living with HIV out of a total population of 36 million.

Activists note that it's virtually impossible to find a Ugandan family that hasn't been affected by the disease since it was first reported here in the 1980s. Yet stigma toward people suffering from Aids persists, shocking activists.

The nurse's case illustrates “the failure of both the media and the prosecutor's office to act responsibly” and could set “a dangerous precedent and could have grave consequences for the fundamental rights of people living with HIV and Aids inUganda and beyond”, said Aids-Free World in a statement.

Namubiru shouldn't be on trial and her case should simply have been referred to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council,a statutory body charged with protecting the public from unsafe nursing practices, said Dorah Kiconco, a Ugandan lawyer who runs a watchdog group called the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV and Aids.


“She was working and she got into a bad accident and it should have been treated as such,” Kiconco said.

“She's on trial because of her HIV status.”Jane Kajuga, a spokeswoman for Uganda's public prosecutor, defended the decision to press charges, saying there's evidence a crime was committed.


The Global Commission on HIV and the Law said the nurse's “life has been ruined”.“No matter the outcome of the trial, the panorama of ferociously intemperate accusation will haunt her and her family forever.

”Uganda's HIV rate has been rising in recent times, confounding officials who succeeded in reducing the prevalence from 18 percent in 1992 to 6.4 percent in 2005. Now the rate stands at 7.3 percent, according to the most recent survey by Uganda's Ministry of Health. Ugandan health officials say more married couples are getting infected, in part because of what campaigners have dubbed a “sexual network” in which married people keep secret lovers.

Billboards in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, urge couples to “put your love to the test” by testing for HIV.Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni last year publicly tested for HIV in a bid to spark similar action among reluctant Ugandans.

Although being HIV-positive no longer spells a death sentence, even for poor Ugandans, public knowledge of one's HIV-positive status can destroy a life.

A Ugandan man who worked in the presidential palace as a gardener recently accused his bosses of firing him after they discovered that he was infected with HIV.

Ugandan Major Rubaramira Ruranga, one of few officials who have publicly revealed they have HIV in a bid to discourage stigma, said the case against the nurse proves that “stigma still rages on” in Uganda.

“If I were her I would be very angry, I would feel isolated and I would feel dejected,” he said. “She was brutalised.” - Sapa-AP



Source: http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/ugandan-nurse-accused-of-spreading-hiv-1.1675713

UNLV researchers author first-ever scholarly report on experiences of placenta-eating moms

The growing practice of women consuming their placenta has caught the attention of two UNLV researchers, who this week (Feb,2013)published the first experiential study on human placentophagia.


The report, published Wednesday in the Ecology, Food and Nutrition journal, outlines a mother's motivations behind and experience with consuming their placenta.UNLV anthropology professor Daniel Benyshek and graduate assistant Sharon Young became interested in placentophagia after meeting North Las Vegas mother and advocate Jodi Selander at a campus event.

Selander helped the UNLV researchers find survey respondents through her extensive network of placenta specialists. Although Selander co-authored the study, she did not analyze the data.

Researchers surveyed 189 women engaging in placentophagy about their consumption habits and reactions. The majority of survey respondents were from the United States, but there were a few women from Canada, Australia, Singaporeand the United Kingdom.

The women in the study were overwhelmingly white, married, college-educated and were solidly middle- to upper-middle class. Most of the women had home births.The majority of the women in the survey engaged in placentophagy once, and steam-cooked their placenta before turning the placenta into pills.

However, as women had more children, they were more likely to experiment with other preparation methods, such as dehydrating raw placenta before encapsulation.

A small number of women cooked their placenta into food, or ate it raw.Most women said they engaged in placentophagy to improve their mood and improve lactation. Many said the practice was recommended to them by their midwife or an advocate of the practice.

Overall, 96 percent of the women said they had a “positive” or “very positive” experience consuming their placenta, and 98 percent said they would do it again.

In recent years, placentophagy has come out from the shadows of the home-birth movement, embraced by celebrities like January Jones and hyped in popular media. Las Vegas resident Holly Madison, former reality television star and Strip headliner, recently blogged on Celebuzz, “This might sound gross, but I’m totally planning on having my placenta turned into pills I can take after giving birth. I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!”

However, the practice has its skeptics who point to a wide range of negative side effects, including headaches and upset stomachs. Other critics have argued the placenta pills have no positive or negative effects.

About 57 percent of women in UNLV’s study reported no negative effects from ingesting placenta. The most commonly reported negative experience revolved around the pill's taste and the "ick" factor of consuming placenta.

Ultimately, UNLV researchers hope to resolve this debate by conducting the world's first definitive study on the effectiveness of placenta pills — a sort of placebo versus placenta study.To that end, Benyshek and Young are analyzing the nutrient and hormone content of the human placenta and testingthe best ways to prepare it for human consumption.

Eventually, they hope to discover what, if anything, makes the placenta so potent a remedy for the baby blues, and whether there are any risks involved.

"We hope to have some empirical data that can actually inform what sort of effects human placenta can have," Benyshek said.

"It may in fact be that there are benefits and risks we don't know about. Maybe it's benign. Any of these are possible.


"UNLV Study Highlights

*.UNLV researchers surveyed 189 women who had ingested their placenta after the birth of at least one child. The survey was conducted between October and November of 2010.

*.Demographics of survey respondents:

*.• 91 percent were from the U.S.

*.• 93 percent were white

*.• 90 percent were married

*.• 58 percent reported a household income over $50,000 a year

*.Top positive self-reported effects of placentophagy:

*.• Improved mood

*.• Increased energy

*.• Improved lactation

*.Top negative self-reported side effects of placentophagy:

*.• Unpleasant burping

*.• Headaches

*.• Unappealing taste or smell

Source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/mar/01/unlv-researchers-author-first-ever-scholarly-repor/

ICM VIRTUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE MIDWIFE ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) celebrates the International Day of the Midwife by bringing midwives, students,
consumers and all parties interested in childbirth from across the globe together using online electronic media.


This FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE starts 10AM, 5th of May, New Zealand time: http://tinyurl.com/q33yw3u and features speakers such as Frances Day-Stirk and Barbara Katz Rothman. The program runs for 24 hours and has presenters from all over the world covering a range of clinical,
professional and international topics.


Recordings of the sessions will be freely available on our website after the conference.

For full information, please go to the VIDM 2014 website: http://www.vidm.org

If you have any queries about the conference or how to use the technology, please contact
the conference organisers:

Email: info@vidm.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirtualInternationalDayoftheMidwife
Twitter: @VIDofM

Monday, 21 April 2014

Doctor and nurse duties must change: report

CHRIS UHLMANN: In Australian public hospitals, it's taken for granted that doctors do jobs such as sedate patients for simple procedures, but an influential think tank says that sort of thinking is costly and has to change.

The Grattan Institute recommends nurses be trained to do it.

The think tank's latest report also questions the practice of nurses bathing and feeding patients who can't do it themselves.It's suggested that nursing assistants take over the role.

The report finds doctors and nurses are squandering valuable skills on work that other people could do.

Brendan Trembath reports.


BRENDAN TREMBATH: Doctors and nurses have clearly defined roles in the nation's public hospitals.But the Grattan Institute health program director Stephen Duckett questions conventions such as doctors providing light sedation, to patients having simple procedures.

STEPHEN DUCKETT: We're suggesting for example the introduction of sedation nurses who can monitor patients and administer anaesthetics to patients who are conscious while they're having a procedure undertaken. And, again, there's evidence from overseas, the United States and England, that this works very well; we're using the skills of nurses it's quite safe and we should be freeing up doctors to do the work that only doctors can do.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: That might be okay for most cases, but how can you ensure the safety of patients if something goes wrong.

STEPHEN DUCKETT: A very good point, what we want to do is to make sure that the doctor is involved in the assessment of the patients to make sure that the patients that do have sedation nurses rather than anaesthetists doing the anaesthetic, the more simple ones and so on. We're also suggesting that this work be done under the supervision of doctors, that is that there be doctors in the operating rooms for example in the next door operating room in case something goes wrong.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Doctors and nurses have their defined roles at the moment, why change things?

STEPHEN DUCKETT: Well these defined roles developed sometimes 100 years ago and we've got to update the system and basically, what we're saying is that there's increasing demand on the health sector that we're going to be having a whole lot more patients, increased population, aging of the population and so what we want to do is make sure that this growth is sustainable, one way of making it sustainable is to make sure that we provide for this growth in an efficient way.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Are there any cost savings?

STEPHEN DUCKETT: Yes, there's about $430million in cost savings if we've done that this year.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The Grattan Institute consulted doctors, nurses and the states.Stephen Duckett says it's a very well founded report.But a national doctors group argues it does not reflect what goes on in modern hospitals.Geoff Dobb is the vice president at the Australian Medical Association.

GEOFF DOBB: You never know the onset of a procedure how it's going to pan out and during any procedure there is the potential for someone to have an adverse reaction to one of the sedative drugs, to have an idiosyncratic reaction, that is to react in a greater way than someone would normally, by way of say dropping their blood pressure or dropping their respiratory rate; it's only after the procedure is completed you know that it's been straight forward and uncomplicated.

CHRIS ULHMANN: Professor Geoff Dobb from the Australian Medical Association ending that report by Brendan Trembath

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s3984686.htm

Expert nurses diagnose same way as doctors

Patients can trust expert nurses as much as doctors to diagnose tricky health complaints, according to Massey University research.The new study aimed to silence critics of a push to give nurse practitioners similar powers to doctors to diagnose patients andprescribe drugs.

Dr Alison Pirret, a nurse practitioner who carried out the research, said some medical professionals wrongly believed nurse practitioners did not have the same reasoning ability as doctors to diagnose conditions.

"It was reassuring to know nurse practitioners did perform just as well."

The research involved 30 nurses and 16 registrars making a diagnosis of a man withvarious ailments including flu-like symptoms, back pain and abdominal pain.

Pirret found there was no difference between the reasoning or diagnostic style between the two professionals.


A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed a clinical masters degree in nursing.These expert nurse roles were set up to reduce the effects of doctor shortages.

However, Pirret said there were many barriers preventing nurses from becoming practitioners.


"There's always been a little fear from doctors that nurse practitioners will take some funding."




There are about 137 registered nurse practitioners, of the 1000 nurses who have completed the qualification since it was recognised in 2001.

Concerns have been raised that a lack funding and jobs means nurse practitionersare being underutilised.Ian Powell, director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, said questions remained on whether there were enough jobs for nurse practitioners.


However, he agreed expert nurses could ease the workload of doctors. "If this advances the careers and professional skills of nurses, then there is a logic there."


Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9964150/Expert-nurses-diagnose-same-way-as-doctors

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Nurse 'Lost Her Job Over Christian Beliefs'

A nursery nurse has said she lost her job after telling a gay colleague her beliefs on homosexuality as a Christian.

Sarah Mbuyi said she made the comment after she was asked about her Christian beliefs by a co-worker at New Park Child care in Highbury, north London, in January.


Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre which is assisting Ms Mbuyi, said the Government has "seriously let down" the Christian community.

Ms Mbuyi is claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds of religious discrimination.She said: "When I said 'no, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are', she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager."


During an internal disciplinary hearing she claimed her colleague had alleged she raised the issue of homosexuality of a number of occasions.

She was dismissed for gross misconduct.Ms Mbuyi added: "My disciplinary hearing was hopelessly one-sided because they put my accuser's claims to me as fact, without any forewarning and so I wasn't prepared.

"It seemed to me they had already made up their minds to justify sacking me, before hearing my side of the story."


Ms Williams called for Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene in the case.She said: "Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness."


Sarah's case demonstrates the confusion we're experiencing in current times.


"David Cameron has given public recognition of the enormous positive impact that Jesus Christ has had on our nation but he wants to mould Christianity to his political agenda."

In an article for the Church Times this week, Mr Cameron said Britain should be "more confident about our status as a Christian country".

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1245924/nurse-lost-her-job-over-christian-beliefs

Why big buttocks can be bad for your health-BBC

The demand for bigger buttocks in Venezuela means some women will even have banned injections to achieve them, putting their health at risk.

It is with tears in her eyes that Denny recounts how she woke up one day to find a bump the size of a football in her lower back.

She could not walk or bend down, and the painwas intense.Even before she saw a doctor, Denny, a 35-year-old Venezuelan lawyer, knew the bump must be a side-effect of liquid silicone that had been injected in her buttocks. Read more from http://m.bbc.com/news/health-27026521

Nurse, 3 others Charged for Aborting Pregnancy in Kano

A Nurse and three others were on Wednesday charged before a Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court for aborting the pregnancy of an 18 year-old woman, Aisha Auwalu.


The police Prosecutor, Insp. Anthony Edward, said that the accused conspired and aborted the pregnancy contrary to sections 97 and 234 of Penal Code.He told the court that one Salisu Sani, reportedto police that one Baffa Bello, allegedly impregnated his sister. Edward said Sani also alleged that that Bello took Aisha to a patent drug seller, one Usman Ibrahim, and paid him N3, 000 for the abortion.

He told the court that Usman gave Aisha some drugs with the assurance that the pregnancy would be terminated in three hours, but was not aborted for three days.

Edward alleged further that the drugs seller then took Aisha to one Adamu Yekini, a nurse in one of the private clinics in Kano where he also charged them N5, 000.He said that the nurse injected Aisha as a result of which she started bleeding and was later rushed to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital for medical treatment.

At the hospital, the doctors confirmed that the pregnancy was aborted,’’ he said.

However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.The Chief Magistrate, Muntari Ahmad, ordered the appearance of the victim at the next hearing.

Ahmad adjourned the case to April 25 for the continuation of hearing.

Ondo Trains Traditional Birth Attendants

In a bid to enable traditional midwives acquire vocational skills with a view to reducing maternal mortality in the state, the Ondo State Government on Wednesday organised a training programme for traditional midwives.

According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, the skills acquisition programme would empower the participants drawn from Akure South Local Government Area of the state.

Adeyanju also said there was the need to partner with the midwives, especially in thereferral of patients to the state-owned Mother and Child Hospital.He said, this will enable pregnant women and nursing mothers access better health care services provided by government.

“We have created better job opportunity byempowering them and ensuring they have a job; this is why we are asking them to be referring their patients to state-own hospital.

“We are training them under a skills acquisition programme using Akure South Local Government as a pilot phase,” he said.

He said participants would benefit from micro credit facilities to enable them start their own businesses.

Also, participants were being trained on catering services, soap making, beads making as well as tie and dye.

Mrs Funmilola Oluwadare, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Maternal Death Reduction, also said the programme would curb illegal activities of traditional midwives.

Oluwadere, however, appealed to the midwives to abide by the rules given to them by the state government.

One of the participants, Mrs Omonilale Fasakin, commended the state governmentover the initiative, saying it had created an alternative means of earning a livelihood.

posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Post MDG: Keeping Healthworkers at the Centre

'The Millennium Development Goals are soon coming to an end. [IntraHealth International] President and CEO Pape Gaye offers five key steps to keeping health workers at the center of our next set of global commitments...' Below are extracts. The full text may be read here: http://bit.ly/1kHlqg1 Here are five key steps we in the global health and development field can take to make sure health workers are part of the world’s post-2015 commitments: 1. Give health workers a voice... 'Health workers’ needs are complex, their environments fast-changing. Mobile technology—and the crowdsourcing and peer networking it makes possible—holds great promise in this field. Let’s use the tools we have to amplify health workers’ voices, make them part of health sector planning processes, and create systematic policies to support them.' 2. Ramp up domestic investments in health care... Let’s encourage national governments to increase domestic investment in human resources for health and to create policies that benefit health workers. 3. Advocate for frontline health workers... We must also promote greater south-to-south collaboration. The world could learn a lot from India, for example, which has developed some very advanced strategies for frontline health workers and, through them, has improved health in some of its most impoverished regions. 4. Set our sights on universal health coverage... 5. Embrace a systems-thinking approach... We must set indicators to measure our progress in strengthening health systems the way we did for measuring progress in maternal health and reducing child mortality in 2000...'

Mobile technology will nurse the NHS back to health


Nurse Using Mobile Phone At Nurses Station
A smart nurse call system that can send patient alerts or lab results directly to the phone or tablet of the closest, most appropriately qualified member of staff. Photograph: Alamy

Overhauls, strategic changes, new objectives: the NHS is no stranger to grand claims and plans about the future of healthcare. However, all too often these plans are political footballs, doing little to improve day-to-day patient care or the working lives of frontline healthcare professionals.
We all know that in the face of budget cuts and rising admissions, NHS professionals at every level are under pressure to do more with less. While change in the NHS is no easy task, investment targeted in the right areas provides huge opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve patient care. One recent initiative, the NHS Nursing Technology Fund, has provided some hope for those at the frontline of health services.

A recent freedom of information request submitted to NHS trusts across England highlighted that, despite the pledge to create a "paperless NHS" by 2018, two-thirds of nurses and medical staff continue to rely on handwritten notes and corridor conversations to communicate vital patient information. Another survey of NHS staff recently found that, although 37% of those surveyed did not have access to a Wi-Fi network installed at work, 66% felt that this would improve their ability to provide good quality care.

This system of pagers, fixed terminals and handwritten notes draws nurses away from patients. But sophisticated mobile communication technology could turn the situation around, allowing nurses to effectively be at their patients' bedsides whenever required. Technology can identify new ways to reduce administration and speed up decision-making, knowledge transfer, delegation and equipment finding. The right tech means nurses can spend more time with patients, imporving the quality of care they can provide.

The key is to take advantage of opportunities such as the Nursing Technology Fund to adopt technology that makes it easier to communicate and share information on the move. Nursing is clearly not a sedentary role. If nurses are equipped with devices and tools that allow them to quickly input data, contact colleagues or respond to patients, they'll be free to focus their attention where and when it is needed most.

Consider three simple capabilities that could run on a mobile device and improve the lives of clinical staff and patients alike:
• A smart nurse call system that can send patient alerts or lab results directly to the phone of the closest, most appropriately qualified member of staff. This means that nurses can respond to patients' needs immediately without necessarily having to walk back to their room. The result? Peace of mind and a comprehensive view of activity on the ward.
• Barcode scanning would help ensure the right medicine is being given to the right patient or that the right person has turned up for surgery accompanied by the right paperwork. By using a device equipped with a scanner nurses can be rapidly assured that no errors have been made.
• Geo-location of vital equipment could save hours of wasted time searching the hospital and ensure essential pieces of kit are well distributed across wards. Wheelchairs, medical devices, even beds can be easily fitted with RFID tags and then identified with a mobile device, allowing nurses to find what they need quickly and easily.
• Static technology, no matter where it is located, will create delays. Short periods of time spent walking to an information source add up if repeated over the course of a long shift.

However, when we talk mobile devices we don't mean consumer-grade smartphones and tablets. A day in a ward or in A&E will quickly demonstrate that these flashy bits of equipment aren't cut out for serious work.

In a demanding hospital environment, smartphones will be prone to breakages, water damage from chemical cleansers, drained batteries and network blackspots – leading to inconvenience, expensive repairs and an extremely high cost of ownership. More seriously, we saw recently that smartphones pose a hygiene risk, potentially spreading viruses like MRSA.

The NHS needs to invest in purpose-built, smart mobile communication devices if it is to improve patient experiences, nurse satisfaction and hospital efficiency. And with £70m of the Nursing Technology Fund still to be distributed, the means are finally available to make a difference.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Edo State Nursing Students Protest

 
Students of the Edo State School of Nursing yesterday chased out their teacher and other workers to protest the appointmentof a new principal.
 
The students locked the gate and stopped people from coming in.Lectures were paralysed as the placard -carrying students vowed to continue the protest, until their demands are met. 
 
It was learnt that the new principal was to take over yesterday but the handing over was disrupted by the from Osagle Otabor, Benin students' protest
 
President of the Student Union Government Anyanbu Johnson said: "The principal will retire today and the government appointed Mrs. Osazuwa, who is the Principal of School of Midwifery as our principal
" The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria stipulates that the principal of a nursing school must be a nursing tutor and not a midwifery tutor.
 
"We are saying no to the appointment of a midwife. She was the principal of school of midwifery and the school has not been accredited in the past three years.There are only two students in that school."Our school was also not accredited. We want to speak with the government on this matter.
 
"We have qualified lecturers in our school that the Government should appoint and not from midwifery that is a specialty under nursing." 
 
Another student, Osadolor Marris, Said they wanted the government to reverse its decision and work towards the school's accrediation.
 
"We do not have tutors. The nursing council said our hostel must be ready before our schoold would be accredited," she said
 
Commissioner for Health Aihanuwa Heregie could not be reached for comments
Sources said Mrs. Osazuwa was appointed in an acting capacity, pending when a substantive principal would be named

LAUTECH PART-TIME BNSC APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR 2013/2014 ACADEMIC SESSION


1. Click on this link to apply with your names,phone no and email address http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/createuser.php

2. Enter your email address in the box to retrieve your passcode http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/retrieve.php

3. Enter your email and the passcode to proceed with the payment http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/payapp.php

 4. Enter your email address and passcode to get your.application FORM NUMBER http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/getformno.php

 5. Enter your APPLICATION FORM NUMBER and passcode to access the application form,fill and submit online.http://www.admissions.lautech.edu.ng/ptapp2013/login.php

 6. Print the acknowledgement and the referee page.

 NOTE: *The entrance exam is likely to be May 5 while resumption is likely to be in June.
*You make the payment using your ATM card no-the 16 digit no ,card expiry date,cvv2- the LAST three digit at the BACK of your card-the signature panel and your ATM PIN CODE.
 *Ensure that you have at least #10,300 ( which is the total payable application fee ) in the bank account linked to the ATM card.
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON PUBLIC AWARENESS AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON PUBLIC AWARENESS AND CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA HELD AT THE HONOURABLE MINISTER’S CONFERENCE ROOM 6TH FLOOR FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH, ABUJA ON 1ST APRIL, 2014




Preamble:
The 4th Annual Scientific Conference of National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) held in Houston Texas on 7th – 10th November, 2013 was attended by the Permanent Secretary (PSH), Director Nursing Services and Staff of the Diaspora Unit of the Ministry. One of the recommendations at the end of the conference was ‘to create awareness and campaign against domestic violence in Nigeria’. The PSH therefore directed that strategies to execute the recommendation should be developed by the Nursing Division in collaboration with NANNNA. The purpose of the one-day stakeholders’ meeting was to have diverse perspectives on domestic violence and to collaboratively develop the plan of action on creating public awareness on and effectively campaigning against domestic violence in Nigeria.
The stakeholders’ meeting was well attended; participants came from: NANNNA, Legal Aids Council, National Human Rights Commission, Abuja Muslim Forum, National Association of Nigerian Nurses & Midwives (NANNM), Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN), International Federation of Female lawyers (FIDA), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Daughters of Abraham Foundation (DOAF), Nigerian Police, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the PPP/Diaspora Unit and the Departments of Public Health, Family Health & Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Observations:
Various perspectives on domestic violence were presented by individuals and representatives of the different agencies from which the following were deduced:
                 i.          Domestic violence is a global phenomenon with far reaching effects on the health and socio-economic wellbeing of the afflicted and the affected; the victim could be male or female
               ii.          Statistics indicate that domestic violence is on the increase globally with increasing fatal consequences
             iii.          Domestic violence is a recurring problem among Nigerian couples in the Diaspora and the cause is traceable to socio-cultural issues
             iv.          Family and religious institutions are not supportive because they lack the basic knowledge, skills and resources to provide support and domestic violence cases are usually mistaken for marital conflicts 
               v.          Education on human rights and responsibilities of victims, neighbours and relevant stakeholders is  currently poor yet education is fundamental to prohibition of violence against persons
             vi.          There are some existing social, legal and government structures that can be strengthened activities against domestic violence e.g. National Orientation Agency, National Human Rights Commission, social welfare services, etc
           vii.          The role of health, social, educational and law enforcement agencies is critical hence the need for capacity building to provide relevant services and serve as trainers
         viii.          There is inadequate database on domestic violence in Nigeria hence the need for research and improved reporting system
             ix.          There is a Bill towards prohibition of violence against persons before the National Assembly
               x.          The high level of participation and commitment exhibited by the stakeholders is a demonstration of appreciation of the magnitude of the problem of domestic violence and the fact that the time for intervention is NOW
 
Resolutions:
Based on i – x above, participants at the meeting arrived at the following resolutions towards creating awareness on and campaigning against domestic violence
  1. Nursing Division should prepare the report of this meeting and forward it promptly to the HMH for due consideration and approval
  2. The plan of action indicating the activities and roles of the stakeholders developed at the meeting should guide interventions
  3. The Federal Ministry of Health should coordinate activities by the stakeholder agencies
  4. A committee domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Health to facilitate the activities should be inaugurated
  5. Copies of the communiqué should be forwarded to all participating individuals / agencies and other identified stakeholders who were not at the maiden meeting to help provide feedback and initiate appropriate actions
  6. Appropriate advocacy kits should be developed preparatory to proposed advocacy visits to Mr. President, members of the National Assembly, State Governors, etc. The kits should be modest and not boring, indicating the antecedents, the vision, strategic plan, conclusion and what expected from the person visited
  7. NANNNA should include domestic violence prohibition activities in its Healthfare scheduled for December 2014 and July / August 2015
  8. The Federal Ministries of Education, Women Affairs and Information, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), NAPTIP and similar stakeholders should be involved in the campaign

ACTION PLAN FOR AWARENESS CREATION & CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
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ACTIVITIES
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY / PERSON
TIME FRAME
OUTPUT / INDICATORS
FUNDING
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Development of IEC materials including jingles in as many local languages as possible; billboards; etc
FMOH-Health Promotion Unit; NOA; NHRC; FMWAffairs
Start now and conclude by 3rd quarter
% level of awareness among Nigerians
Reduction in number of DV cases
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Relevant MDAs International and Local development partners and NGOs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Relevant MDAs International and Local development partners and NGOs
2.
Public enlightenment and education through workshops, seminars, lectures, dialogues, FGDs with focal groups – CBOs, traditional rulers, religious organizations, family units, health workers, etc
All relevant stakeholders – NOA; Nollywood; NHRC; NANNNA; Ministry of Women Affairs; NCWS; FIDA; NSCIA & CAN; NHRC
Start now
Number of workshops etc organized for various groups
 
Improved reporting of DV by victims and/or others
 
Reduction in cases of DV from 30 to 15% by March 2015
 
3.
Inclusion of Domestic Violence prevention issues in schools’ curricula at all levels of education
FMoE; N&MCN; NUC; NCCE; NBTE; MDCN; NHRC
Start the process now
Availability of DV content in curricula at levels by 2015
 
4.
Counselling of offenders / victims of DV and their children
Police; Faith-based organizations; Ministry of Women Affairs; NCWS; Nurses; FIDA; NHRC
On-going
% increased KAP on DV
5.
Reorientation of Nollywood against violent films etc
National Films Censor Board; NHRC
 
 
Now
Reduction in number of violent films produced by 2015
 
Increase in number of films to support prohibition of DV
6.
Capacity building through training and provision of support structures such as shelters; counselling centres; legal aid for the indigents; work-life balance skills development / support; etc
Daughters of Abraham; FOMWAN; FMOH; NOA; NHRC
As soon as possible
Number of people trained
 
Number of school clubs established
 
Human rights / counselling desks established in hospitals
 
Number of TOTs
Number of Shelters provided
 
7.
Lobby the Judicial Commission and Chief Justices of States on speedy disposal of cases on DV and tagging of offenders in database
NANNNA; FMOH; NOA;FIDA; NHRC
Now
% of cases disposed within 3 months
8.
Lobby NASS on speedy passage of the Bill on Prohibition of Violence Against Persons
NANNNA; FMOH; NOA;FIDA; NHRC; NCWS; Ministry of Justice; NGOs
August 2014
Bill passed
9.
Research on DV in Nigeria
FMOH; N&MCN; NANNM; NANNNA; FMOE; NHRC
As soon as possible
2 Nationwide studies by 2015
10.
Increase penalty for offenders and send for mental assessment
Judicial Commission; Ministry of Justice; NASS; NMDC & NMA
As soon as possible
% of offenders charged by 2015
11.
Celebrate International day Against DV with greater coverage & impact
All stakeholders – FMSD
Annually from 2014
Celebration at grassroots
12.
Inclusion of DV prevention activities in annual budget and action plans of stakeholders
All relevant MDAs and stakeholders
Annually from 2015
DV prevention activities captured in 2015 budget of relevant MDAs