Nigeria: Primary Health Care and Health Management (PriHEMAC)

photo from Nigeriahealthwatch.com .

Help ensure that elderly community members are healthy and safe in Oyo State, Nigeria, through partnering with PriHEMAC organization. 

Project description

The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that ‘Healthy Aging’ plays a pivotal role in the attainment of at least 7 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on ‘fostering good health and wellbeing’ (Goal 3); others are SDGs 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, and 16.

In Nigeria, it is well documented that:

  • Many elderly are abused and neglected, both physically and psychologically, by family members and other caregivers.
  • Nigeria is one of the worst countries to grow old in since many youths and adults do not take care of their elders
  • Many elderly persons are among those with the highest rates of depression in the world
  • Those who make policies regarding the elderly do so in their prime age, forgetting that sooner or later, old age with all its complications will creep up on everyone.

With this context in mind, Primary Health Care and Health Management Centre (PriHEMAC) seeks to promote the health status and well-being of susceptible members of the communities with a focus on the elderly (as well as mothers and children). PriHEMAC includes experienced health professionals such as consultants, planners/managers, demographers, sociologists, anthropologists, statisticians, and resource consultants. Core activities include elderly day care services; consultancy, advocacy research and partnership (CARP) activities; and training. PriHeMAC invites UB student to participate in and contribute to related programs and activities. 

Compiled by Martin Ogundeji and Gideon Adeniyi, project originators and partners.

Project outcome

Students will collaborate with PriHEMAC on customized projects associated with key programming areas. In addition to supporting institutional capacity building, projects will support the following outcomes:

  • cultural competence
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • collaboration

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment  Flexible 
Start time Flexible 
Level of collaboration All are welcome 
Benefits Varied
Who is eligible All students

Core partners

  • Primary Health Care and Health Management Centre (PriHEMAC)

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Have a question about this project? Mara Huber hosts drop-in office hours on Zoom every Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

Global NGO Project

This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

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Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  1. Examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the history of the framework. Then select one SDG to focus on as you work through your project.
  2. Download and complete this PowerPoint template.