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Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ) - Nigeria

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Introduction

Physicians for Social Justice was founded in 2003 to address health and broader social justice issues affecting poor and underserved rural communities in northern Nigeria.  PSJ works to promote community health through direct service delivery, including home-based care to marginalized communities and groups and has had an enormous impact in reducing the developmental and psychosocial burden of AIDS across 51 villages in rural Niger State. Today PSJ is serving over 3,500 people living with HIV and has trained over 5,000 family caregivers and 200 community-based palliative-care volunteers, who regularly travel from one village to another to conduct home visits. In addition, the organisation provides referral support, including transport to people living with HIV, to facilitate their enrolment into antiretroviral therapy. Challenging gender and cultural stereotypes, PSJ makes sure that HIV-positive women specifically are supported, encouraging them for example to lead home-based care teams in their villages. The organisation is the first community-based group in Mashegu to work with sex workers to address HIV, while training them as peer educators. Advocating to raise the health status of people living with HIV through affordable access to essential medicines, PSJ has spearheaded a coalition of civil society groups, which was instrumental in the decision of the Niger State government to establish three new district centres for antiretroviral treatment.

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Profile in Brief
Organisation
Physicians for Social Justice
Region
Africa
Classification
Community-Based Organisation
Field of Work
Treatment, Care and Support
Prevention
Harm Reduction
Populations Served
Poor Rural Communities
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
Women
Sex Workers
Founded
2003
Staff
4 full-time, 5 part-time, 700 volunteers
  • PSJ deploys a Mobile HIV Care Team comprised of a physician, a nurse and a social worker to remote villages to visit bedridden people living with AIDS in their homes to administer palliative clinical care. PSJ also deploys a similar mobile health services team that visits children in remote rural schools and provides various medical services including immunizations, malaria prevention and treatment, health education and vitamin distribution.
  • PSJ‘s on-the ground work through the Positive Living Project is gradually changing the course of HIV epidemic in rural Niger State, as community members no longer see an HIV diagnosis as a death sentence. As of December 2009, PSJ has provided referral support including transport assistance to over 750 people living with HIV to facilitate their enrolment in anti retroviral therapy (ART) programs.

Partnerships

  • Council of Community and Traditional Rulers and Chiefs
  • Catholic Vicariate of Kontagora and Muslim Imams' Council
  • Sahon-rami Community Mutual Health Association (SMHA)
  • Departments of Primary Healthcare in Mashegu, Wushishi, and Auna LGA
  • Mashegu Community Youth Association
  • Niger State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA)
  • Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria Mashegu Chapter
  • American Jewish World Service
  • Global Fund for Children
  • Center for Development and Population Activities

Contact

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Phone: +234-7087798514
Address: 
Rural Hospital Sahon-rami
Sahon-rami, Mashegu
Niger State
P.O.Box 18 Kontagora
Nigeria