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LAPO reaches 761,327 community members through cancer control project


Cancer. PHOTO: News Republica

Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has lamented the increasing level of poverty in the country, which it said, has become a problem to many households.

Speaking in Benin City, during the LAPO-C4 project midterm review meeting with partner community-based organistations (CBOs), Executive Director, LAPO, Sabena Idowu-Osehobo, said has demonstrated uncommon commitment to poverty alleviation through the implementation of innovative credit and non-credit empowerment programmes targeted at vulnerable populations and communities.

Osehobo said: “LAPO believes that poverty is further reinforced by ill-health with cancer and other chronic ailments linked to the increasing level of household poverty in Nigeria.”

She listed the LAPO-C4 project activities to include advocacy for policy change, massive awareness campaign and the provision of screening and referral services in community and primary health centres in target state of Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Imo and the Federal Capital Territory.

Osehobo explained that tackling the problem would directly address other related challenges like children dropping out of school, household social insecurity and poverty.

She added that LAPO was able to reach 761,327 community members directly through the LAPO-C4 project in the first one year, against its target of 640,079,while 531,871 persons were reached with information, education and enlightenment materials.

“The LAPO-C4 project is therefore one of the holistic measures aimed at achieving our mission of improving the lives of the poor and disadvantaged population,”Osehobo added.

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