ICAN Program Activities

 ICAN is working with the following countries to provide the listed designated programs (projects): 

Cotonou, Benin, Lome Togo, Yaoundé Cameroon, Libreville Gabon, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Senegal Dakar & grassroots organizations:

Improving Access to Reproductive Health Service for Adolescent Girls and Young Women.

How ICAN helps 

 

ICAN organization through this project, focus on improving access to reproductive health services for adolescent girls and young women and train healthcare providers to improve skills to offer comprehensive care to young women.  

ICAN conducts reviews, assessments, and dialogues with partners working in the field to improve the understanding of constraints impeding the realization of reproductive health services.

 

 The Result

 

ICAN strengthens the health care provider capacity to provide quality and effective reproductive health services, including comprehensive care counseling to young people. 

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Cotonou, Benin, Lome Togo, Yaoundé Cameroon, Libreville Gabon, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Senegal Dakar & grassroots organizations:

Assessing the Implementation of Sexuality Education Policies and Curricula

 

 How ICAN helps

 

ICAN organization believes that making comprehensive sexuality education accessible for young people is vital for ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and right. 

This is crucial in many African countries where the rate of unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual violence among youth are high. 

ICAN has started several projects to carry out and strengthen sexuality education in the school environments, but the condition of teaching sexuality education in schools remains perplexing and inadequately implemented.  

ICAN assessment and surveys showed that several constraints such as a limitation on what topics can be covered, teacher’s inadequate training, lack of support, and limited funding hamper proper implementation. 

 

The Result

 

As too many young people have been given confusing and conflicting information about relationships and sex as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

ICAN project not only provides young people with age-proper and phased education on human rights, gender equality, relationships, reproduction, sexual behaviors risks, and prevention of ill health, but also offers a prospect to present sexuality with a positive approach, focusing on values such as respect, inclusion, non-discrimination, equality, empathy, responsibility, and reciprocity. 

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 Cotonou, Benin, Lome Togo, Yaoundé Cameroon, Libreville Gabon, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Senegal Dakar & grassroots organizations:

The Integrated Community System Strengthening for infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria) Programs.

 

 How ICAN helps

 

Infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria) remain a major public health issue and are among the leading causes of death in many African countries. 

ICAN organization believes that health is a basic human right and that through multi-sectorial approaches including significant commitment of grassroots organizations and community members, preventive measures designed to meet the divergent needs of the poor population can decrease the prevalence of these infectious diseases, especially for people living in rural and remote areas.  

Controlling the rise of these infectious diseases within the population is a key priority in disease monitoring. 

 

 

 

 The Result

 

ICAN remains at the forefront of managing and monitoring infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria) epidemic by assisting grassroots organizations in building sustainable health programs.   

Through the Integrated Community System Strengthening, ICAN will improve the capacity of grassroots organizations to offer unified infectious disease services. This approach will offer additional efforts and resources along with increasing effectiveness, productivity, and quality of service provided to the population. 

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Cotonou, Benin, Lome Togo, Yaoundé Cameroon, Libreville Gabon, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Senegal Dakar & grassroots organizations:

Non- communicable diseases (NCDs) Prevention projects

 

  How ICAN helps

 

The increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in many African countries is causing further burden to the health care systems that are least equipped to deal with the challenge.

 The greatest burden of NCDs is from five diseases: cardiovascular disease (heart attacks), cancer, chronic lung illnesses (asthma), diabetes, and mental health conditions. 

These NCDs share four risk factors that can be addressed through behavior changes, which are often recognized during adolescence and carried to adulthood-unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, and tobacco use.

 

 The Result 

 

Although many African countries have made efforts in developing NCD prevention policies and adopting the WHO interventions.  

ICAN organization believes that with the increasing NCD burden and related negative impact on many African countries, it is essential to focus on the gaps in the current NCD prevention approach and improve the implementation of effective interventions within the population. 

Therefore, ICAN is committed to working with the grassroots organization within countries and support for effective collaboration and engagement of the relevant sectors. 

This includes combining resources to support allocation and implementation within an innovative funding approach at the grassroots organizational level. 

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Togo Lome: The Caleb Vision Consulting Organization, & grassroots organizations:

Expand microfinancing efforts within the poor communities  

 

 How ICAN helps

 

ICAN partner with the Caleb Vision Consulting Organization and other grassroots organizations to train staff to provide reproductive health care and infection control, coaching, and help them to improve their microfinancing efforts. 

ICAN and its partners donate medicine, food, and supplies designed for orphans’ centers and specific medical consultation, obstetrical and maternal/child care, and treatment. 

Also, ICAN support facilities renovation projects for women and newborns, which will add new patient beds.  

 

The Result

 

This project leads to affordable, and sustainable health programs designed to reduce risks for the poor population. ​

The project also supports access to financial services and education, along with playing an essential part in poverty-reduction efforts in rural areas.  

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Yaoundé Cameroon, Cotonou Benin, Libreville Gabon, Port-au-Prince Haiti:

Scholarship Program for underprivileged students from low-income families. 

 

How ICAN helps

 

As Thomas Jefferson wrote 100 years ago,” that the children of the poor must be thus educated at the common expense.”

 

With its partners, ICAN provides a yearly scholarship program for underprivileged students from low-income families to 50 students, who live in Africa and Haiti countries, and are facing significant socioeconomic disadvantages that impede or hinder their ability to complete high school or pursue a college degree. 

The scholarships are valued at $1000 each for high school students and $3000 for first- and second-year students enrolled at four-year colleges or universities. Diversity scholarships contain financial eligibility requirements.

 

 The Result

 

ICAN scholarships reduce financial hardship for underprivileged students from low-income minority families who show hard work and a strong will to succeed. Financial need is a prerequisite for the organization awards, along with solid academic achievement. ICAN scholarships focus on three distinct groups of students, from middle school through post-graduate studies.

To date, ICAN has designated 150 students as Scholarship Program recipients.

 

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Past program Activities ( Projects)

 

 North West Cameroon and Port-au-Prince Haiti: The Founding District Hospital, the Government Technical High School (GTHS), Association of Women in Agriculture, Community Outreach for Infectious Disease Association, and Haiti after school association.  

 

 How ICAN helped

 

Besides providing community-based HIV/AIDS preventative care, ICAN offered two houses of needy families (poor widows and orphans), donated school supplies value of 500,000 CFA ($1000) to disadvantaged students at the Government Technical High School (GTHS), offered Christmas tree celebration to disadvantaged mothers, provided financial aid and food assistance of a total value of 500,000 CFA (1000 dollars) to the association of women in agriculture, and the community outreach for Infectious Disease programs.

 ICAN also offered donated school supplies and construction materials value of $3000 to disadvantaged students at the Private Technical School in Port-au-Prince. 

 

The Result

 

These projects resulted in affordable, and sustainable community programs designed to reduce the risk of infectious disease among the underprivileged population and helped orphan and poor students who cannot afford education.  

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Libreville Gabon: The University Regional Hospital Center, the Agondjé Orphelinat Center, The Non-Profits Organizations Media Center, The Bongolo Hospital, Andem Rural Clinic, & The Kango Public Hospital.

 

 How ICAN helped

 

ICAN pledged to collaborate with local non-profit organizations and hospitals to train staff to provide reproductive health care and infection control targeted to birthing and care facilities. 

ICAN and his partners donate medicine, food, and equipment designed for the Agondjé orphans’ center and specific medical consultation, obstetrical and maternal/child care, and treatment. 

Also, the organization vowed to support facilities renovation projects for women and newborns, which will add 40 new patient beds. 

Pregnant women and their newborns in the Lebamba, Gabon, are vulnerable because of the absence of proper, safe, and convenient transportation in this populated, rural community. 

To alleviate this need, ICAN pledged to provide the Bongolo Hospital with a fully equipped ambulance to enable emergency services for pregnant women and newborns in the Lebamba community. 

 

The Result

 

These projects resulted in affordable and sustainable health care service programs designed to reduce risks for pregnant women and their newborns. ​

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Cotonou, Benin, & Equatorial Guinea: the Ricardo Orphelinat Center and the Clinic of the Salud

 

How ICAN helped

 

Besides providing community-based preventative care, ICAN and its partners donated medicine and vitamin A of the value of $30 million designed for pregnant, children, and newborns in the Bata, Malabo, and Cotonou communities. 

ICAN donated school supplies and food value of $1000 to disadvantaged families.

 

The Result

 

ICAN enabled the Ricardo Orphelinat Center and the Clinic of the Salud to meet the immediate medical needs of a projected 100,000 women, children, and newborns.

ICAN developed collaborative activities in collaboration with the internationally known Institute of Research and Formation of Educational Development (IRFED) designed to improve the birth survival rates, general health and welfare conditions of African women, children, and families. These include, but are not limited to:

•A Community Based Maternal and Child Health Outreach Program to be launched to improve health outcomes for women and children 

•Obstetrical and Pediatric Emergency Care for birthing problems for mothers and infants in crisis. 

•Establishing well equipped newborn nursery care units with incubators, radiant heaters, and oxygen supplies within the collaborating hospitals and clinics.

•Development of pre- and post-natal obstetrical care for at-risk pregnancies.

•Development of a two-level medical equipment training program to train practitioners in the correct use of medical equipment 

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 Senegal, Dakar: The Heirich Lubke Diourbel Regional Hospital Center & The Grand-Yoff General Hospital. 

 

How ICAN helped

 

ICAN and his partners provided a full assessment of needed medical equipment for fetal imaging and specific gynecological, obstetrical, and maternal/child care and treatment.

 

The Result

 

ICAN full assessment enabled the Heirich Lubke Diourbel Regional Hospital Center to recognize the immediate medical needs of a projected 100,000 women.​

Collaborative Medical Activities

The Consulting International Aid Network (ICAN) is developing collaborative public health projects with many international organizations such as the Institute of Research and Formation of Educational Development (IRFED) in Senegal, the Caleb Vision Consulting in Togo, and the Medical for Quality Healthcare in Zambia (MQHZ. 

 

The collaborative works will advance the provision of quality healthcare to the most needed population, offer empirical data and solutions to factors affecting the delivery of quality healthcare, enhance health promotion and awareness in rural and urban areas, and improve the birth survival rates and welfare conditions of African women, children, and families. 

These include, but are not limited to: 

•A Community Based Maternal and Child Health Outreach Program. 

•Providing lifesaving medicines and health education to the hardest-to-reach communities.

• Providing access to lifesaving medical supplies for target conditions, including acute febrile disease in children, sexually transmitted diseases, and non-communicable diseases. 

•Establishing well equipped newborn nursery care units with incubators, radiant heaters, and oxygen supplies within the collaborating hospitals and clinics.

•Development of pre-and post-natal obstetrical care for at-risk pregnancies.

•Collaborative partnerships with physicians and other providers to recommend cost out of the purchase of required medical equipment. 

•Development of a two-level medical equipment training program to train practitioners in the correct use of medical equipment. 

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