Improving Access to Health for the Urban Poor [BLOG]


In March 2016 we hosted a team from Northwestern University Access to Health (ATH) comprised of both faculty and students in Lagos for a week-long engagement to identify key obstacles to good health for the urban poor. From this trip, and based on the Federation's interest in tackling some of the health challenges facing residents of informal settlements in Lagos, together with ATH we developed a health education curriculum for training nominated Federation members as Community Health Educators (CHEs). The aim of the collaboration is to improve knowledge among residents of informal settlements by sharing health information through the Federation's savings group structures, and offering health accompaniment to health facilities for those in need of health services.