Nigeria is a country in sub-Saharan Africa with a high disease and poverty burden, of which the impact is worse in rural communities. Inability to afford primary medical resources by people in rural communities of Nigeria is a significant limitation to access to care.
Globally, Nigeria has frequently topped the countries with the highest number of deaths from the three most common killer diseases for children. Thousands of Nigerian children continue to die every year from pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, the three most common cause of death in Nigerian children.The maternal death rate in Nigeria is up to 10% in some regions. This a common cause of a child's suffering and economic hardship to families.
Provision of appropriate treatment and support:
Sickle Cell Disease Care In Nigeria: 150,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease (SCD) annually. Nigeria has the highest global rate of Sicle Cell Disease. Despite ranking high in global prevalence for sickle cell anemia, sickle cell disease ( SCD) patients in Nigeria lack primary health care. The majority of children born SCD die before the age of 5 and usually from malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. It is estimated that 50–80% of children born with SCD in Africa die before five years.
People pay for medical care out of pocket. Parents struggle to feed their children and at the expense of their health care.
Hypertension and diabetes mellitus are common chronic diseases of Nigerian adults. Care for these diseases is neglected, leading to severe complications and deaths.
RPHIF's mission is to save and improve these rural Nigeria's lives through easily accessible health care with no cost to the people.