The 2nd Saturday in the month of September, every year is World First Aid Day.
Statistics show that globally, in 2018, about 1.2 million people died as a result of injuries in road accidents. According to estimates by the British Red Cross, as many as 59 percent of these people could have been saved if they had received Basic First Aid on the spot.
Even in countries with the best emergency services, it can take up to ten minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene and help the patient or victim. This is a crucial, 10 minute window of opportunity to save the victim’s life.
The crux of the matter is ensuring that injured or sick people get quick and effective pre-hospital care otherwise known as first aid treatment before trained medical help arrives.
Life-saving first aid is simple and could be as easy as
Sadly, this is only done in less than half of most situations as bystanders typically have no clue of first aid and panic while others make videos to post online.
On World First Aid Day, 2020, the Nigerian Red Cross Society wishes to point out that it is time all and sundry took First Aid more seriously.
There is a need for First Aid’ knowledge for all.
Indeed many road traffic accident victims have ended up suffering severe spinal cord injuries or may have been killed due to the manner in which they were roughly pulled out of the wreckage of an accident by ‘good Samaritans’.
Also, homes and offices need basic First Aid knowledge. It is sad that many people do not even know how to handle someone who suddenly begins to choke on their food or slumps.
As we at the Nigerian Red Cross celebrate World First Aid Day, we ask you to reach out to any of the nearest 37 branches of the Nigerian Red Cross Society and get trained on basic first aid.
Secretary-General, Nigerian Red Cross Society12 Sep, 2020
Server Room Equipment Upgrade and Networking (LOT 1) and UPS Battery Replacement and Inverter Maintenance (LOT 2) for the Headquarters of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS).
Due Date/Time for Submissions: 1st September, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.
(via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and hard copy)
Introduction & Background:
The Nigerian Red Cross Society is a volunteering and humanitarian organization is in need of:
1, Server Room Equipment Upgrade and Networking (LOT 1)
2, UPS Battery Replacement and Inverter Maintenance (LOT 2)
and is accepting proposals in response to this Request for Proposal.
The objective of this Request for Proposal is to identify suitable service providers that will deliver the best overall value to NRCS. While price is a significant factor, other benchmarks not limited to previous experience, clients’ portfolios, flexible service level agreements, warranty given, customer service, transparency, technical competency, strategic implementation, project delivery and proximity for support services to be rendered on-site will form the basis for selection at this stage.
Goal 1: Upscale the server room equipment and networking devices to a standardize ICT benchmark to maintain best practice standard security measures, firewall protection, domain environment setup, standardize domain and backup polices, network anti-virus setup and expansion to cater for an ERP software setup.
Goal 2: Deploy Window Server 2016 or higher and prepare the server rack equipment to run as a primary server for a domain architecture, a backup secondary server both virtualized. Setup on a cloud service to serve as a cloud repository backup where on-site services can be accessed in cases of data recovery.
Goal 3: Prepare the server for the installation and setup of an ERP solution which can serve as a backup to the ERP cloud service as well as a VPN access for users off-site.
Goal 4: Recommendations for a preferred fibre optics dedicated internet service to match the intended services to be rendered.
Goal 5: Establish a one (1) year renewable Service Level Agreement to support the Server Room Equipment periodic maintenance and customer help desk.
Goal 1: Replacement of eight (8) faulty UPS batteries (12V, 200AH) assigned to a 5KVA/48 Volts Inverter with the maintenance of the UPS/Inverter unit.
Goal 2: Replacement of any faulty parts, test and repair of earth cabling and lightening arrestor, surge protector, etc.
Goal 3: A one (1) year Service Level Agreement renewable to support the installed equipment.
Please send all enquires towards developing your RFP submission only to email@example.com. Communications through out this process will be maintained strictly via email to maintain a status of transparency.27 Aug, 2020
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a global priority affecting the life of every person especially in low-and-middle-income countries. UHC is defined as ensuring all people have access to the needed key promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services of good quality at an affordable cost without the risk of financial hardship linked to paying for healthcare services.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), at least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential healthcare services. Furthermore, about 100 million of the world’s population are still being pushed into extreme poverty (defined as living on 1.90 USD or less a day) because they have to pay for healthcare services. About 12% of the world’s population (Over 800 million people) spend at least 10% of their household budget on healthcare services, which is capable of pushing them into poverty.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is intrinsic to the Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 which the nation countries have signed up to achieve by 2030. UHC is critical for the attainment of all health-related SDGs. The objectives of UHC includes:
• Equity in access to health services - everyone who needs services should get them, not only those who can pay for them;
• The quality of health services should be good enough to improve the health of those receiving the services; and
• People should be protected against Out-of-Pocket (OOP) expenditure for healthcare services which further impoverish them.
As the global community prepares for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in September 2019 in New York, delegates/representatives of CSOs from across Nigeria (including PLHIVs) under the aegis of the Nigeria Universal Health Coverage Advocacy Group (NUHCAG) held a Country Advocacy Meeting (CAM) on UHC, on the 30thday of July 2019, at the United Nations House in Abuja; under the auspices of the global Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM). The meeting was held with the support of the UNAIDS, WHO, IFRC, Afrihealth Optonet Association and Nigerian Red Cross Society. The Ministry of Budget and National Planning presented a key goodwill message.
· The civil society is concerned that Nigeria’s health indices still remain unbelievably poor and frightening over the years: Antenatal care coverage has remained below 65%;
· Skilled Birth Attendance has remained below 42%;
· Coverage of DPT3 and Penta3 Immunization dipped from about 33% in 1990 to 20% in 2003 and 32% in 2016; while
· Family Planning coverage has remained abysmally low at about 10%
· Nigeria has the highest HIV burden in the West and Central Africa region with a treatment coverage of 55% leaving a huge unmet need
With respect to the nutritional Status of the average Nigerian child; stunting only reduced from 42% in 2003 to 37% in 2013 (an improvement of just 5% in ten whole years) while wasting increased from 8% to 11% during the same period.
Our country’s service delivery indices have remained characterized by the very poor quality of care with 29% of the health care workers (HCW) either idle or generally absent from work, 67% of our Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities surveyed in 2013 had stock out of essential medicines, while only 25% of the PHC facilities were minimally equipped, leading to poor sanitation and waste management, and low/poor patronage with each PHC seeing 2.5 patients per day.
Impoverishing Out-of-Pocket health expenses by households remain the major source of health financing in Nigeria, rising from 64.6% in 2003 to 73.8% in 2016 and 76%in 2017 as a percentage of Total Health Expenditure (THE). At the same time, Nigerian Government’s spending as a percentage of THE reduced from 28.1% in 2006 to 12.4% in 2016; while external funding as a percentage of Nigeria’s THE rose from 3% in 2003 to 13% in 2014 and dropped to 9.8% in 2016. Health Insurance was just 1.5% of THE in 2016.
Since NHIS was set up in 2010, less than 5% of the population has been covered by any form of Health Insurance. Nigeria is still lagging in ensuring health equity as the richest people still have far more access to key PHC services than the poorest people such as 79.5% vs. 7% for DPT3 and Penta3 Immunization; 94.5 vs. 24.6% for ANC; 85.3% vs. 5.7% for access to Skilled Birth Attendants; and 23.4% vs. 0.9% for modern contraceptive prevalence.
In consideration of all the above indices and conscious of the imperative of institutionalized UHC for the achievement of the SDGs especially SDG3, the Nigerian civil society representatives at the country advocacy meeting:
1. Resolved to and do hereby respectfully request His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to personally attend the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC holding in New York on 23-September-2019, and personally present Nigeria’s commitments to UHC2030;
2. Adopted the global UHC2030 ‘Key Asks’ adopted by the UN, and hereby request the Federal Government of Nigeria to:
· Ensure Political Leadership Beyond Health by commuting to achieve UHC for healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages as a social contract;
· Leave No One Behind by providing equitable access to quality healthcare service to all people of Nigeria, with financial protection;
· Increase Public Financing for Health to provide the necessary financial protection that supports healthcare-seeking behaviors;
· Improve involvement of CSOs and citizens, transparency and accountability at all levels by establishing multi-stakeholders mechanisms for engaging the whole of society for a healthier world; and
· Invest heavily and continuously in Health Workers, including community health workers.
The NUHCAG, Nigerian civil society and CSOs hereby commit ourselves to collaborate with government in achieving actions, transparency, and accountability towards achieving UHC2030.
Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje
Afrihealth Optonet Association/Nigeria UHC Advocacy Group (NUHCAG)
Mr. Abubakar Kende
Nigerian Red Cross Society,
The attention of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters, has been drawn to publications by the Guardian Newspaper (ICPC probes N200m allegedly missing in Red Cross) on the 21st of August, 2019, the Hawk (Adamawa: Members of Red Cross Society drags Secretary to ICPC for alleged fraud) on the 26th of July, 2019 and the Almajiri (Adamawa Members of Red Cross Society drags Secretary to ICPC for alleged fraud) on the 26th July, 2019
We acknowledge that there is a petition written by some volunteers of Adamawa Branch against the Branch Secretary, Mohammad Saidu Bello, to Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) alleging financial irregularities among other things.
We wish to state here that we frown seriously at and do not take lightly any form of financial and material misappropriation, diversion, and or embezzlement for whatsoever reason or guise. Anyone found guilty of such will never be spared. Thus, the NRCS National Headquarters had since directed the Adamawa Branch Executive Committee to take necessary actions and ensure that the Branch Secretary and any other Branch staff, Officers and volunteers corporate with the ICPC while the investigation lasts. We have also set up an ad-voc committee to carry out the necessary internal mechanism as guided by our principles and statutes.
We are committed to serving humanity and fulfilling our mission which is to alleviate the situation of the most vulnerable people which include those affected by disasters, epidemics, armed conflicts, and the poorest communities in both urban and rural areas amongst whom are women, children, aged, displaced, disabled and other vulnerable people.
Secretary General26 Aug, 2019