More Than Enough

This project is aimed at improving the lives of women affected by Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in Nigeria. The project aims to create and increase awareness of this condition, which can have debilitating physical and emotional effects on women.

Introduction

Shades of Us Storytelling Initiative for African People (“Shades of Us”) has a More Than Enough project aimed at improving the lives of women affected by Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in Nigeria. The project aims to create and increase awareness of this condition, which can have debilitating physical and emotional effects on women.

To achieve this goal, the Shades of Us will produce a documentary that will educate the public on the causes, symptoms, and effects of VVF on the lives of women, their families, relationship and interaction with society as a whole. The documentary will also highlight the stories of survivors and patients to help create empathy and understanding towards the issue.

In addition to the documentary, the Shades of Us will conduct orientation campaigns to reach more people and create awareness of the condition. This will be done through community engagement, media programs, digital campaigns and town hall meetings.

The project will also promote different health interventions to prevent and manage VVF, such as increasing access to maternal health services, proper antenatal care, and skilled birth attendance.

Furthermore, the project will provide holistic support to survivors of VVF. This support will include psychosocial counseling, skills acquisition training, and access to healthcare services. This will ensure that survivors are not only treated medically, but also supported to reintegrate into society without discrimination.

Overall, the Shades of Us More Than Enough project is a crucial initiative that aims to address the issue of VVF in Nigeria. The project’s multi-faceted approach will create awareness, and provide support to those affected, thereby improving the lives of women in the region.

Goals

  • To create awareness of VVF and its impact on women in Nigeria by educating the public on the causes, symptoms, and consequences of the condition.

  • To provide holistic support to survivors of VVF by offering psychosocial counseling, skills acquisition training, and access to healthcare services.

  • To reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by women with VVF by promoting community engagement and awareness campaigns to promote understanding and empathy towards the issue.

  • To empower women affected by VVF by providing skills acquisition training and supporting them to reintegrate into society without discrimination.

Behavioral Objectives

  • Increase awareness and understanding of VVF among the public in Nigeria.

  • Decrease the negative emotional and psychological impact of VVF on women in Nigeria.

  • Promote empathy and understanding towards women with VVF in Nigeria.

Gap Analysis

Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is a devastating condition that affects women, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated two million women worldwide are living with VVF, and approximately 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

In Nigeria, VVF is a significant public health problem, with the country having one of the highest rates of the condition in the world. A study published in the African Journal of Urology estimated that between 400,000 and 800,000 Nigerian women are living with VVF.

The prevalence of VVF in Nigeria is largely attributed to several factors, including inadequate access to maternal healthcare, harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, and child marriage. However, efforts are being made to address this issue, with organizations such as Shades of Us Africa implementing projects aimed at improving the lives of women affected by VVF in Nigeria.

Audience

Women affected by Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in Nigeria who are seeking support, healthcare services, and a safe place.

Family members, friends, partners, and other close circles of women with VVF who need to understand the condition, offer support, and advocate for their loved ones' access to healthcare services.

Governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, and profit organizations working to end VVF in Nigeria and other African countries or countries with people of African descent. The project aims to collaborate with these organizations to increase access to maternal healthcare services, prevent and manage VVF, and create awareness of the condition.

International donor organizations that are contributing to or seeking partnerships for global change in women's health issues. These organizations can support the project by providing funding, technical assistance, and other resources needed to achieve project goals.

Reach

  • Shades of Us seeks to reach and educate at least 100,000 people on the causes, symptoms, and consequences of VVF in Nigeria.
  • The project seeks to also reach 500,000 people through c orientation campaigns using community engagement, media programs, and town hall meetings.
  • The project will provide psychosocial counseling and skills acquisition training to at least 500 women affected by VVF, helping them reintegrate into society without discrimination.
  • Shades of Us will partner with local health facilities, non-governmental organizations, and other individuals or organizations to provide surgical interventions for at least 500 women living with VVF through this project between 2023 and 2030.
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Partnerships

The Shades of Us More Than Enough project recognizes the importance of partnerships in achieving its goals. The project aims to work closely with a range of partners, including fertility specialists, mental health experts, and donor agencies.

Please send an email to info@shadesofusafrica.org if you are (or know) any individual, group, organization or agency willing to partner with Shades of Us to achieve this goal.

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