Clearly, health is a cornerstone of a functioning society. Without health how can one work? How can one provide for one’s family? How can the community be transformed? Although much is spent on health, the reality in Lagos is that the health system cannot cope with the needs of the urban population.
Mayflower will have four key initiatives that between them begin the process of transformation of community health care. Initiatives for HIV/AIDS education and awareness; healthcare education, training and capacity building; infrastructure, facilities and equipment and primary healthcare.
The emphasis of Mayflower is that these initiatives will be delivered within a targeted community, in the first instance in Ebute-Metta.
Ebute-Metta and the local Yaba Council (Lagos Mainland LGA) have a total of 15 registered and state authorised health care providers serving a population of approximately 1 million people. The basic infrastructure needs maintenance and updating. There are few emergency services and hardly any ambulances.
The Mayflower initiatives will be designed so that the community has a significant part to play in implementing and sustaining the health initiatives.