Center for Healthworks, Development, and Research
The Center for Healthworks, Development, and Research (CHEDRES) is a non-governmental agency that aims at addressing women's sexual and reproductive health problems. Through sexual education and mobile health care offered by CHEDRES, this organization has worked towards reducing maternal and infant mortality, violence against women, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and malaria infestations among rural populations of Nigeria.
SHARE Sponsored Programs:
In its persistent efforts to promote community health and safe motherhood, CHEDRES designed a project to enhance the capacity of local birth attendants and midwives. The Project provided HIV counseling and testing, free malaria testing, and provision of drugs for both illnesses. Forty nine persons received general health care services including measurement of vital signs and treatment for blood pressure.
Midwives and traditional birth attendants updated their knowledge about pre-natal and post-natal services. Girls with disabilities were given sex education so they would not be sexually exploited. The project helped many deaf girls learn about their bodies and how to avoid those who try to exploit them.
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Nutrition Project-Nigeria
This project was designed to address acute malnutrition and stunting among children. The project provided facilitation sessions to educate pregnant women and lactating women about the importance of proper nutrition for children's growth and development.
Pregnant women had their blood pressure checked. Also, children had their height, weight, and arm circumference checked. The project provided deworming for 160 children. As a result of the testing conducted on the children, 16 children were identified as severely malnourished and 96 were considered moderately malnourished.
This project was funded by the Barbara Pillsbury Memorial Fund in 2014. Dr. Barbara Pillsbury spent her life helping the less fortunate. Her memorial fund continues her work through the support of her loved ones.
Chedres continues it's Safe Motherhood project in coastal communities of Cross River State. Women were taught basic parental, and postnatal health tips including proper nutrition. Pregnant women were given delivery kits including infant mucus extractor, latex gloves, cotton, and sanitary pads. Women were screened for malaria, and given a dose of ACT if malaria is confirmed. The project provided 28 women with information on malaria, 51 women were tested for blood pressure, and 26 pregnant women received delivery kits.
A project entitled “Scaling up Girls Mentoring Program” was initiated at a special education secondary school, Calabar. This project focused on educating deaf girls, who are at higher risk for being sexually exploited and of contracting HIV, in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. Girls were taught about STI’s, including HIV, and their prevention. They were also educated about gender, sexuality, self-esteem and relationships. Parents and teachers were also consulted about HIV testing and fact booklets were distributed. Sexually active girls were provided with private counseling.
The CHEDRES Malaria Project serves rural communities in Nigeria. The project tests for and treats Malaria in underserved populations. The test kits are provided by a large donor while the SHARE mini-grant was used to purchase anti-malaria medication for the treatment of women and children who tested positive and could not afford medication.
Thirteen sub-communities were targeted in March where over two thousand individuals were tested for Malaria. Among those individuals, 544 tested positive and were referred for treatment. Most of the target group consisted of women and children. The women identified this project as a life saver.
Families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa generally become impoverished because sick family members can no longer work at full capacity. In addition, children are orphaned when sick parents die. CHEDRES organized a training workshop to teach caregivers about good nutrition to help reduce the high malnutrition rates seen in children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Caregivers for 45 maternal orphans were taught how to prepare nutritious meals at a low cost through this project.
The SHARE Institutewarded a mini-grant to CHEDRES to fund a safe motherhood and hygiene project for women. Workshops were held to educate women about the benefits of antenatal care and other maternal/child health services.
The SHARE Institutewarded a mini-grant to CHEDRES to fund an HIV/AIDS awareness project for twenty women.
The SHARE Institutewarded a mini-grant to CHEDRES for the training of twenty midwives, women and community health workers in identifying and managing pregnancy complications.
The SHARE Institutewarded a mini-grant to CHEDRES Safe Motherhood Initiative, which continues to aim at reducing the number of deaths and illnesses associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
The SHARE Institutewarded a mini-grant to CHEDRES for the training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). The training included lessons on the issues of HIV/AIDS, including the prevention of mother to child transmission. In addition, thirty rural pregnant women received free medical laboratory services.
The SHARE Institutewarded CHEDRES with a mini grant that allowed for the deworming of two hundred school age children.
The SHARE Institute awarded another mini-grant to CHEDRES for fifty pregnant women to attend a workshop about the issues of HIV/AIDS, including the prevention of mother to child transmission. Counseling and HIV/AIDS testing were provided along with support services for the mothers identified as HIV positive.
The SHARE Institutewarded CHEDRES a mini-grant to provide reproductive health classes to adolescents. The purpose was to reduce teenage pregnancy by educating youth about available reproductive health services and emergency contraceptives.
The SHARE Instituterovided a mini-grant to CHEDRES for the extension of prenatal counseling services provided to pregnant women in Nigeria.