Community Advancement Initiative for Self Reliance (CAI4SR)

Pathway to Self Reliance
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Welcome to CAI4SR Official Website

Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) is a Non-government and not-for-profit organization based in Osogbo, Osun State. The aim of the organization is to champion the course of the oppressed and voiceless in Nigeria and beyond through innovative programmes and projects for awareness-raising and sensitization on Human Rights and its implication for development. Our primary targets are women, children, and persons with disabilities. The organisation was founded in the year 2009 but registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on November 7, 2014.

About CAI4SR

Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) is a Non-government and not-for-profit organization based in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

Our Mission

Championing the course of women, children, and persons with disabilities through innovative programmes to ensure protection and promotion of human rights and attainment of their full potentials.

Our Vision

A world where everyone enjoys human rights as a pathway to development.

Our Goal

A society in which failure is a matter of choice and not denial of rights.

Our Slogan

CAI4SR... "pathway to self-reliance"

What we do

Programme: Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health Right, Civic Engagement.

Beneficiaries Feedback during CBM Project 2017-2019

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Taking eye health to hard-to-reach communities through Essilor Social Impact Intervention

Despite the advancement in medical technology, a substantial number of people in both the developed and developing countries of the world continue to experience blindness, which now constitutes an issue of significant public health concern. However, the developing countries proportionately experience a higher burden of blindness while the trend is being reversed in most advanced nations. Mostly affected are children who are exposed to harsh socioeconomic and environmental conditions and negative attitude in relation to health seeking behaviour by significant adults in their lives. The condition of this vulnerable ones has been exacerbated by poor or inadequate early diagnosis to facilitate early treatment where eye defect is observed. In order to address this, global and regional initiatives have been put in place, yet the rate of blindness in most developing countries of the world continue in an upward progression.

As part of efforts to scale up intervention on the prevention of childhood blindness in Nigeria, the Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) secured a one-year funding support through the Essilor-Social Impact Fund under its charity programme known as Vision for Life (VFL). The project will support the screening and provision of corrective lenses to the primary beneficiaries of the project who are in and out-of-school children up to age 16 in 15 hard-to-reach communities spread across the three senatorial districts of Osun state who need corrective lenses for effective learning towards a better quality of life. The project leverages the existing structure put in place during the implementation of the three-year pilot comprehensive child eye health project (Seeing is Believing) funded by CBM comprising trained teachers at the elementary and secondary schools level, Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs), Optometrists and diverse categories of medical personnel in the state. The teachers will be responsible for conducting eye screening in schools and refer children with refractive errors to Optometrists at designated secondary facilities for further examination and dispensing of ready to clip lenses as may be required. In addition, the project will support the conduct of mobile screening and refraction in hard-to-reach communities targeting out-of- school children with uncorrected vision. The project is expected to provide child eye health education to an estimated 10,000,000 people through media campaign with 50,000 screened for uncorrected refractive error. 5,000 children will benefit from vision corrections through the provision of the Ready-to-Clip (R2C) lenses. The ready-to-clip lens is an innovation of the Essilor group to address the problem of financial challenges, which makes it difficult for families of affected children to visit the health facilities twice, first for screening and second to collect their spectacles.

Stakeholders’ Engagement towards the Provision of Comprehensive Child Eye Health in Osun State

As part of efforts to ensure stakeholders are adequately engaged in the process of planning and implementation of the prevention of avoidable blindness, the project commenced with stakeholders’ meeting. The stakeholders’ meeting was organised by the Community Advancement Initiative for Self-Reliance (CAI4SR) to provide adequate information on the takeoff of the Essilor – Social Impact project. The stakeholders’ meeting provided CAI4SR with an opportunity to provide relevant information on the implementation strategy for implementing the project, the coverage as well as the roles of relevant stakeholders, which cut across government, civil society and the private sector.

According to CAI4SR, the Essilor – Social Impact Project (Vision for Life) builds on the success recorded on the Seeing is Believing (SiB) project, which was funded with support from Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) UK. While the participants were optimistic that the project will enhance the access of children in the 15 selected hard-to-reach LGAs spread across the three Senatorial Districts of Osun state to quality eye health, they pledged their support for the success of the project. Specifically, the need to ensure child eye health becomes an integral aspect of the state health policy was stressed by the participants. The Director of Public Health utilise the occasion to restate the commitment of the Hon. Commissioner towards ensuring that policy on child eye health becomes a reality. In his remarks, the Hon. Commissioner affirmed the commitment of the state government with regard to investing more on the health of children through formulating policy that would make eye care an integral part of Osun state health care policy strategy. In attendance at the event were the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Osun state, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and Director of Public Health in the ministry. Also in attendance were the Directors from the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), representatives from the ministry of education and desk officers in key government ministries and agency as well as persons with disabilities.

Training of teachers on simple eye examination

At the core of addressing preventable blindness is the issue of early diagnosis. In order to achieve this, the project through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) conducted refresher training for selected teachers across the 15 project LGAs. The project provided an opportunity for the teachers to refresh their memories on issues around child eye screening, referral system and documentation. The training afforded the participants the opportunity to have a broader perspective of the Essilor – Social Impact Project in terms of scope, strategy and deliverables. At the end of the one-day training, the participants were provided with necessary tools to aid the effective performance of eye screening in their various schools. In addition, the project accommodated Social Mobilization Officers (SMO) from all the 15 project LGAs to participate in the training. The SMOs are to play supervisory role in order to ensure adequate generation and submission of project data to CAI4SR data base.