We are poised to helping people in the following areas.
A common lack of public awareness and knowledge about obstetric fistulae has been described as “a silent tragedy”. DOVENET campaigns preventing fistula from occurring; treating women who are affected; and restoring the dignity of women faced with Fistula. Fistula is a childbirth injury caused by prolonged obstructed labour and without treatment; fistula often leads to social, physical, emotional and economic decline. The injury leaves women with few opportunities to earn a living, and many have to rely on others to survive or turn to beg. In some communities, they are not allowed to have anything to do with food preparation and may be excluded from prayer or other religious observances. Although many women with fistula have supportive families, the smell can drive even loving husbands and friends away. For many women, the profound social isolation is worse than physical torment. “Fistula women have very tragic life stories. Most have lost a child in labour and the fistula caused by the long labour causes them to leak urine or faeces continuously.” DOVENETis committed to helping end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C). Due to several contributing factors, FGM is commonly found in many of the contexts where the obstetric fistula is also prevalent. FGM/C can lead to serious difficulties during childbirth.
With significant risks of haemorrhage (bleeding) for the mother, FGM/C can also lead to the increased risk of death or the need for resuscitation of the newborn. Due to several contributing factors, FGM/C is commonly found in many of the contexts where the obstetric fistula is also prevalent. FGM/C can lead to serious difficulties during childbirth. With significant risks of haemorrhage (bleeding) for the mother, FGM/C can also lead to the increased risk of death or the need for resuscitation of the newborn.
WOMEN AND CHILD EMPOWERMENT
A common lack of public awareness and knowledge passion for Women and Children realizes the significant role women play in national development hence the need for their empowerment for the attainment of their potential. DOVENET works with relevant and conduct community sensitization campaigns on the rights of women empowered woman raise healthier children, empowered women are more able to make decisions that benefit them and their children. More empowered people have the control to make decisions about their own freedom of movement and how to allocate resources, as well as about domains as fundamental as their own bodies. When women have greater control of household income and assets, the food and nutrition status of their children tends to improve. Yet most women continue to have less access to resources than men. So, improving women’s rights to land and investing in improving their farming knowledge, as well as incentivizing institutional and technological innovations that save women’s energy and time. Is key, also more cash or food should be given to women.
Also, extra participation or engagement of women in decision-making and planning is vital. Also, DOVENET strengthens the capacity of community-based committees on child rights promotion and protection for their active participation in development programs. DOVENET also provides psycho-social support for children. Child abuse, Child Trafficking and Child Rights issues are also addressed to impacts on children’s survival, growth and development DOVENET is working with other development partners to promote the right to participation among children in different development programs. We believe in participatory development processes for the realization of sustainable socio-economic development agenda. e about obstetric fistulae has been described as “a silent tragedy”. DOVENET campaigns preventing fistula from occurring; treating women who are affected; and restoring the dignity of women faced with Fistula.
Climate Change is one of the thematic areas of DOVENET, There is now strong evidence that the earth’s climate is changing rapidly, mainly due to human activities. Increasing temperatures, sea-level rises, changing patterns of precipitation, and more frequent and severe extreme events are expected to have largely adverse effects on key determinants of human health, including clean air and water, sufficient food and adequate shelter. The effects of climate on human society, and our ability to mitigate and adapt to them, are mediated by social factors, including gender. There are interactions between climate change, gender and health. Globally, natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more women than men, and tend to kill women at a younger age. The gender-gap effects on life expectancy tend to be greater in more severe disasters, and in places where the socioeconomic status of women is particularly low. Other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as undernutrition and malaria, also show important gender differences. At the household level, women are sometimes critical decision-makers in terms of consumption patterns and therefore the main beneficiaries of access to cleaner energy sources. Studies have shown that women tend to have much lower access to critical information on weather alerts and cropping patterns, affecting their capacity to respond effectively to climate variability.DOVENET emphasizes on engaging women as key actors as this is important to adapt to climate change and to enhance health equity.
DOVENET fights to curb and control the spread of HIV/AIDs among targeted groups through various campaigns, training and sensitization. Several studies have shown that the spread of HIV/AIDS has been on the increase in spite of efforts by Government, NGOs and Development partners, to control it and this has been attributed to the poor educational background as well as the high rate of polygamy and early marriage. In most of the rural areas, the people generally lack to access to vital information and cannot afford the luxury of Medicare in any of the urban hospitals. Most of them also do not believe that AIDS is real.
TUBERCULOSIS and HEPATITIS
There is high and growing burden of Tuberculosis and Hepatitis in Nigeria, DOVENET seeks to reduce the burden of TB and elimination of viral hepatitis and its transmission
GENDER INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
DOVENET intervenes in Gender discrimination and Gender-based Violence issues which are the root cause of hunger and poverty. Women and girls—the majority of the poor—face a lifetime of marginalization, often reinforced by violence or the threat of violence. Issues around women rights awareness, equal leadership opportunities, affordable health services, financial inclusion for women, literacy skills for women and maternal mortality issues.
DOVENET is committed to improving the Maternal Health of Women through our unique Projects and Programmes. Maternal Health is essential to ensure the health of children – and, by extension, the whole family. Still, many mothers suffer from lack of access to health, poor conditions and poor quality of life – especially in Nigeria. Every healthy child needs a healthy mother. Mothers are also fundamental to ensure the health and quality of life of children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mothers are the main providers of care such as nutrition, oral health and psychological health. The role of women in health is very important.
DOVENET advocates for Good Governance, Effective and Efficient Leadership, Equity, Equal and Inclusive Participation in Politics by men and women, Impartially fair and enforced rule of law, Transparency, Responsiveness by Political Leaders and Institutions, Accountability and Credible Elections of Political Leaders.
ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC)
DOVENET works to improve the well-being of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Nigeria. Over the years, It has mobilized community support, built local capacities, and raised awareness of the issues and needs of OVC. DOVENET has trained 4,000 caregivers and provided services to vulnerable children. Most of our OVC programs are focused on increasing the access of HIV-affected OVC and young people most at risk, to HIV prevention, care, and support services. Target groups has access to all core OVC services, also the capacity of OVC families and communities to provide care and protection for the children are being strengthened, unfavorable attitudes of most young people on sexual prevention of HIV are being reduced and young people’s access to and use of HIV prevention commodities including condoms, testing, and other services through referrals are available.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG)
DOVENET coordinated the 2019 World Largest Lesson (WLL), Ebonyi. A Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development which had a One week Activation was held from the 14th-18th of October 2019, brought together passionate Educators, Civil society organizations and Volunteers from across different works of Life to share the Sustainable Development Goals with millions of children and young people from over 100 countries. There were 25 volunteers selected from each of the 36 States of Nigeria including Ebonyi State, these Volunteers visited 25 schools in the state to teach the Global Goals to students so that they can have knowledge and understanding about the UN SDGs. During this activity; there were lessons learnt and success stories as students gained knowledge about the global goals in various schools across the state.