|Chief Mrs Chinyere Ogugua Agbagbo middle with CKN and her management team during our visit.|
The founder of Abuja based NGO CHEERS,Chief Mrs Chinyere Ajia Ogugua Agagbo has spoken on why she decided to set up an NGO to cater for the health of less privileged Nigerians for free.
Speaking to CKN News during our visit to her foundation headquarter in the Federal Capital Capital Territory,she said the Centre was primarily set up to give Nigerians who are dying daily from preventable diseases a chance to live.
Center for Health Education Economic Rehabilitation and Social Security (CHEERS) is a non-governmental organization which was registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2006.
CHEERS envisions a Nigeria where communities are enlighten, healthy and free of poverty. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to increasing access to healthcare services, education and economic empowerment and this, we intend to achieve through improving the quality of lives of the vulnerable groups in Nigeria by increasing access to healthcare services, education and economic empowerment.
From inception, CHEERS has been involved in implementing HIV prevention, care and support interventions in the grass roots of the various states where we have our state offices. They include: FCT (HQ), Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Oyo and Kebbi states.
Our interventions spans through Free Static and Community HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) which we have done in various states ( eg FCT, Niger, Nasarawa , Kogi, Kaduna, Oyo, Lagos, Kano, Taraba, Anambra and Enugu States) and is/was supported by NACA/MDG funds; Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) project in FCT and Nasarawa States where we increased the uptake of pregnant women to ANC in health facilities through community mobilization and referral, also supported by NACA/MDG funds; Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in FCT where VC are supported with Education, Health, Psychosocial and Nutritional services.
This project was funded by World Bank/HAF 2 and was fully supported by FACA and NACA. The VC caregivers were also trained on Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and revolving loans were given to them with the intention that they also support their families through their generated incomes.
Recently, CHEERS has been awarded a Sub-Recipient of Global Fund after a rigorous but professional pre-selection process to implement HIV Prevention, Care and Support services in selected states of the federation. This would not have been recorded without the technical and financial support of our partners (UNAIDS, NACA, FACA, NASCP, MSH, SFH, VSO and CiSHAN).
CHEERS story will never be complete without the mention of the singular individual who’s passion to help the vulnerable groups especially women and children gave birth to this brain-child…CHEERS in the person of Chinyere Ajia Ogugua Agagbo (Mrs). Please join CHEERS family as they continue to create smiles on the faces of the vulnerable groups in our beloved country Nigeria and beyond.
Address: 21B Ngwa Close, Opposite Angelic Care Hospital, Area 3, Garki, Abuja, FCT.
Tel: 2348033111539, 08126372001