The world Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.3 billion people have no access to any form of formal health care. In Nigeria, most of the health facilities, professionals including doctors, nurses, laboratory workers and other paramedical professionals are concentrated in the cities. This leaves people in rural areas where health services are most needed with little or no nobody to take care of their health needs.

PSJ community health programs aims at providing people in poor remote villages with basic and life-saving healthcare services and preventive health services. PSJ provides health care at the community level through mobile clinics that move from one village to another. We work in partnership with communities and villages to address the numerous health challenges facing people in rural communities. Many remote rural villages have no functional health facilities, other barriers to accessing health services include the long distance from their village to the nearest health facility, the financial cost of obtaining services. PSJ’s mobile clinic is helping to eliminate these barriers by taking healthcare to the doorsteps of these rural people free of charge.

PSJ’s community health programs is also empowering communities through building local capacity and training local people such as primary school teachers as village health volunteers to take care of the basic health needs of their communities.

The relevance of PSJ’s work in advancing community health will be better appreciated when one considers the fact that Nigeria’s health indicators are among the poorest in the world. While infant and maternal mortalities are very high, only about 56.3% of Nigerians currently have access to organized health care services which are mostly in the urban areas.  Most rural communities lack affordable qualitative health care services. Life expectancy is also low, at 48 years.