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How Twitter therapists are helping bring mental health care to Nigeria

Oluwatosin Adeshokan, (2019)

DM for Care In northeastern Nigeria—“Boko Haram’s den”—at least 3 in 10 people suffer from untreated mental illness. Despite high suicide rates and risks of radicalization, care is reserved for treating substance use or disorders like schizophrenia. Nonprofits like NEEM Foundation and Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative are working to provide mental health first aid via Twitter and Whatsapp. NEEM also helps reintegrate former Boko Haram fighters, and MANI runs a suicide hotline and advocates for decriminalizing suicide attempts. “Our counselors are volunteer psychiatrists and medical officers that are, a lot of times, the thin line between life and death,” says MANI’s Rasheedat Olarinoye.

Better Parenting Facilitator Manual

Catholic Relief Services CRS; 4Children, (2018)

Better Parenting Nigeria is a parenting education program whose goal is to see that families have the knowledge and skills needed to raise healthy, safe and resilient children. The program aims to ensure that: The caregiver-child relationship is strengthened; Caregiver capacity to understand family needs and access resources and services is increased; and Caregiver capacity to protect children from all forms of harm and exploitation is improved. This Facilitator’s Manual is for the facilitator to use to support the community discussions, provide targeted messaging, and recommend suggestions for knowledge and experience sharing. It should be used hand-in-hand with the Community Discussion Guide.

Better Parenting Curriculum Nigeria: Community Discussion Guide

Catholic Relief Services CRS; 4Children; InHealth, et al., (2018)

ts goals are to ensure that: Children and parents experience fewer conflicts; Parents make better decisions about the care of their children and are better able to solve problems; and Children feel more supported by their families to further their education and make good decisions and healthy life choices. This discussion guide is intended to facilitate discussion and peer learning, during which participants can learn from each other’s experiences and support each other. It is designed for group session discussions, as well as for one-on-one guidance in the home. It should be used with the "Better Parenting Nigeria" Facilitator’s Manual

Baseline assessment of community based TB services in 8 WHO ENGAGE-TB priority countries

World Health Organization WHO, (2018)

This document contains a series of desk reviews for the eight ENGAGE-TB priority countries supported by the Global Fund (DRC, Kenya, Indonesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania). The document provides a situation assessment and gap analysis about the state of community based TB activities in these countries. The focus on these eight countries was justified by the high prevalence of TB and the very high number of missed/unreported cases.

A Popular Version of Nigeria’s HIV and AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act, 2014

Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Nigeria; National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Nigeria, (2014)

Minimum Standards for Primary Health Care in Nigeria

Federal Government of Nigeria; National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (2015)

National Health Promotion Policy

Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria , World Health Organisation (WHO), (2006)

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