By: Lindsay Menard Freeman, Women Deliver
Affordable, universal, and high-quality health care saves lives, saves time, and saves money. The Access to Basic Medical Care (ABC) program in Oyo State, Nigeria ensures free healthcare for residents from any of the 33 Local Government Councils of Oyo State. Every resident has a fundamental right to high quality and effective healthcare, and the ABC program is designed to extend basic healthcare solutions to the masses.
The ethos of the project is to create a “hub and spoke” network of buildings that express a new, holistic approach to the delivery of healthcare, and create an inspiring and uplifting environment for staff and users alike. Within the ABC Primary Care Program is the provision of integrated, accessible healthcare services by clinicians who:
- Address a large majority of personal healthcare needs;
- Develop sustained partnerships with patients; and
- Practice in the context of family and community medicine.
Full implementation of comprehensive primary healthcare services address diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. This service extends to chronic disease management as well as maternal care. Every pregnant woman who accesses ABC’s services receives antenatal care to help ensure safe delivery as well as family planning services.
The ABC program was set up to identify challenges and offer solutions to quality health care provision in Oyo State and successfully delivers innovative, first class and sustainable health care services through twelve primary health clinics in twelve local government areas of the State.
The program also offers 2 fully preventative screening services – mammography and ultrasonography – with cervical screening services to become available in the ABC hub. These services are free and open to everybody who requires them.
From September to December, 2013, almost 200 women benefited from the free breast cancer screening center at the hub. Approximately 10% of these women had abnormal and suspicious breast tissue findings suggestive of early stage breast cancer and were promptly referred to ABC’s higher care center partners for further evaluation.
The ABC Foundation programs proves that health can be as simple as ABC.
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