By Lawrence Duya, Abuja-Nigeria.
As the vaccination against COVID-19 continues around the world, Afrihealth Optonet Association is to organize a symposium on COVID-19 vaccine Hesitancy on the 2nd of April 2021.
The theme of the symposium is VACCINE HESITANCY IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 AND OTHER VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES-MYTHS AND REALITIES.
The keynote address is to be delivered by Dr. Fausal Shaibu, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja, Nigeria. The moderator is Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, Project Director/CEO Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins, and Immunization for All (CoVIA) and United Nations Representative, Afrihealth Optonet Association (CSOs Network)
According to Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, the
Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins, and Immunizations for All [CoVIA] Project/
Afrihealth Optonet Association – an NGO (CSOs Network) with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC) in a statement made available to journalists today in Abuja stated that the panelists include: Dr. Dorothy Umoh, COVID-19 front line nurse, Matrix Medical Network, USA; Engr. Wilcox Onyemekeihia, Secretary of Programmers to the SSA on Youth Affairs, Cross River State, Nigeria; Prof. Bernard Seytre, Adviser on COVID-19 communication for the West African Health Organization (WAHO).
He disclosed that the meeting is via Zoom and the time is 1.00 pm West African Time.
Afrihealth Optonet Association is a community-focused civil society organization (CSO) network/think-tank of about 1000 CSOs with interests in the promotion of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health (universal Health Coverage, HIV/AIDS, TB, FP/RH, and Malaria-prevention, treatment, impact, mitigation, care, and support); Vaccination/Immunisations; preventing/Controlling poverty-related Diseases; Nutrition and Food Security; Energy and Environment; and Empowerment, Gender/Women Empowerment, Good Governance, and Human Rights.
AFRIHEALTH which was incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, uses partnerships/Collaboration (PPP); Advocacy and Mobilisation; Research/Evidence-Generation (reviews, assessment, oversight, conferences, symposia, seminars); Capacity Development/Training and Organisational strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interactions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) -called PARCOM strategy to achieve its objectives while focusing on rural and poor urban communities, marginalised, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations especially women , children, adolescent and elderly; and exploring the nexus/interlinkages between Health, Energy and Environment – including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems; Nutrition and Food Security, and Gender, Good Governance/Democracy, and Human Rights.
Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poorest, children/infants and orphans, women, youths/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups, and the elderly in rural and urban/suburban communities.
Afrihealth Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.