GCVSI is committed to improving quality healthcare and social services to its priority population in collaboration with the government, community leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure transparency, responsibility, and accountability. GCVSI focuses on senior care and gerontology advocacy, maternal and child health services/management, and psycho-social support for victims of gender-based violence.
- Social Inclusion for Homeless People: covid-19 pandemic appears to be a medical infectious disease, but its consequences are felt far beyond the health sector or its victims. Millions of people around the globe lost their means of livelihood as governments continue to make efforts towards containing the various. The covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the existing problems confronting homeless people as they go most days without food and any form of social protection services. GCVSI is committed to providing much-needed support for these homeless people using a coordinated approach, getting them involved, and giving them a reason to live for the next day. GCVSI promotes an inclusive society for all, irrespective of race, economic status, or religion.
- Geriatric Care and Gerontology Advocacy: GCVSI, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, conducts geriatric home visits for Older Persons from low-income families, especially older widows with no support or health insurance; older persons facing rejection and abandonment by their families and communities for various reasons, and any older person needing healthcare and social services. GCVSI is equally involved in community medical outreaches for older persons in underserved communities. A team of healthcare professionals trained to handle geriatric patients is mobilized to provide services in this context; drugs and medication supply is a focused priority of GCVSI to Older Persons with Non-communicable diseases (NCDs). According to the WHO NCDs report, about “53 million people die of non-communicable diseases every year, with 13 million under the age of 30 – 45 years” (WHO 2014 NCDs report). The report further states that most of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries due to inaccessibility to essential healthcare services and medication, lack of community resources to drive effective health promotions, and disease prevention activities.
- Maternal and Child Health Services/Management: Maternal and child health management and services remain a significant public health problem, especially in low- and middle-income countries. For example, Nigeria records more than 60% of all under-five deaths in Africa and the second in the world after India, according to the United Nations Population Fund 2018 report. Most pregnant women and children under five do not have access to quality healthcare services, especially those in rural communities from low-income families. “2300 under-five children die in Nigeria every day amongst them 778 are new-borns (less than 21 days or three weeks,) and about 148 women of childbearing age die daily from simple preventable childbirth complications, with the majority coming from rural low-income families,” according to UNICEF Nigeria medical center 2017 report. These various publications were crowned by the report published in 2017 by the Interagency Group for Child Mortality Estimates which stated that between 2017 – 2030, 60 million under-five mortality should occur globally, with 30 million being new-borns coming from five countries, namely India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). GCVSI has committed to improving the social determinants of health by addressing healthcare service disparities, especially against the vulnerable groups in underserved communities. GCVSI maternal and child health program is to promote positive health-seeking behaviors; encourage and support women to enroll in ante-natal and post-natal care services; collaborate with health facilities to reduce the financial burden off the shoulders of pregnant women to encourage regular visits to health facilities; provision of delivery kits to support health facility performances and response to care; organize health promotions and disease prevention services; support in coordinating immunization; and ensures vaccines reach rural communities; child protection mechanisms and women empowerment through business capacity building training.