In northern Nigeria there is limited access to medical care, due to the high cost and accessibility challenges for people living in rural areas. eHA started Health Camps (HC) to increase the visibility of the formal health sector and build trust among local communities for health interventions.
eHA works with government partners to supplement monthly vaccination campaigns with medicines and medical supplies through HC boxes.
Each HC is supplied with a minimum of one portable box of essential drugs, distributed by trained community health workers. In addition to supplies that treat illnesses, these Health Camp Boxes also provide Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) for malaria.
Health Camp Boxes have been instrumental in improving access to essential healthcare supplies in hard-to reach regions and building trust in the health system. Trust increases compliance for vaccinations and encourages health-seeking behaviors. eHA and our partners work with traditional community leaders, who provide support and credibility to broader health systems strengthening efforts. One HC box treats on average 100 patients, and there have been 2,278,246 patient visits since March, in areas where it is their primary health care source.
Some notable accomplishments
Health Camp Boxes have been distributed between 2014 and 2016
Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Kano State have been reached
illnesses (such as malaria, diarrhea, and scabies) were treated using supplies from Health Camp Boxes