Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. –Edward Everett Hale
For us at DRASA, the first half of the year provides us an opportunity to review how close we are to our goals, while paying attention to how far we have come.
While we keep working to bring new ideas to life and scale our commitment to protecting public health in 2022, we have also taken time to reflect on our achievements in the past year and the immense value we have added to the lives of Nigerians through the support and partnerships we have formed with people like you.
We do not intend to keep these successes to just ourselves so we have documented them in our Annual Report for 2021.
2021 At A Glance
We worked relentlessly to execute projects, events and activities – across 10 states in Nigeria and 11 countries – that align with our mission. Our beneficiaries ranged from professionals in the health workforce to border officials, businesses, school children, community leaders, and nonprofits, among others.
The Journey Continues
The end of one journey is always the beginning of another. As always, we keep working for the greater public good. So far in 2022, we have scaled our school health program to develop 900 students in 30 schools in Lagos and Osun states into health champions.
We are also ensuring the public health emergency contingency systems developed at 13 entry points are functional, including some vital ground crossings in northwestern Nigeria. To do so, we are engaging key groups in border communities between Nigeria and our neighbors: Niger Republic and Republic of Benin.
We are increasing their awareness of the spread of infectious diseases and ability to report suspected cases, which is extremely crucial now as beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing the continued spread of infectious diseases like monkeypox and hepatitis in children. Additionally, our work developing Nigeria’s health workforce to prepare for and fight infections and epidemics is still ongoing.
While we look forward to doing even more in the second half of 2022, be assured that we appreciate all your support and collaboration towards achieving a disease-free nation.