Community Action for Social justice and Health (CASH)

CASH project commenced in 2007, implemented in partnership with Oxfam Novib in order to prevent transmission of common ailments such HIV / AIDS in rural communities; improve the quality of life of persons living with HIV/AIDS; promote sexuality education in schools; promote access to safe water in rural communities; and reduce incidents of malaria in rural communities. Its goal is to promote healthy living among vulnerable group. LAPO implemented CASH across Edo, Delta, Kogi and Lagos targeting 80% Women 20% Men including youths. In order to achieve the project goal and objectives, LAPO carried out these activities: organization of community Health discussion sessions and production/ distribution of culturally sensitive IEC materials to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and other community health issues, formation of support groups for PLWHAs and training them on positive living and HIV/AIDS programming, providing them with support/ economic empowerment and accessing them to treatment services. CASH project also promoted gender equity, social justice, sustainable livelihood through agricultural opportunities and youth empowerment. The project was able to promote healthy Living and improved quality of life of vulnerable people through enhanced health seeking behavior, prevention of HIV spread, HIV/AIDS impact mitigation; reduction in stigma and securing livelihood of 100 households through the creation of 100 new jobs. Nutritional quality of 100 households was also improved through agricultural extension services and skills acquisition for youth in Edo and Nasarawa states.