Naigahelp

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Naigahelp (full name in German: "Naigahelp - Organisation für Afrikahilfe", which means Naigahelp organisation for aid in Africa) is a humanitarian aid organisation which provides medical assistance for health centres in West Africa .[1]

Naigahelp
Founded May 2011
Type medical charity organisation
Focus Medical equipment donations, Educational campaigns, Medical assistance
Location
Area served
West Africa, mainly Nigeria and Cameroon
Key people
Tonio Schaffert, Konstantin Wagner
Website naigahelp.org

Creation[edit]

Naigahelp emerged from an informal organized clique of German students, who tried to work against the grievances in Low income countries by means of supporting other charity organisations, e.g. for the treatment of noma.

While working in Cameroon as medical attendants, the two Naigahelp raisers experienced the particular incidence which led them to the idea founding an own organisation.

Naigahelp mission in a village hospital

A young girl went to the hospital they worked in, suffering at first only from a small wound suppurating due to an infection. But in consequence of the non-professional wound dressing it couldn't heal and the girl got a sepsis. The two young assistants had recognized the inadequate treatment methods for quite a long time, but it wasn't changed until a Yaoundé surgeon visited the hospital and accomplished an incision and drainage to the wound.[2]

Encouraged by this, the two founders decided to build up their own organisation, which should not only distribute medical drugs and equipment to the hospitals, but also provide skill enhancement programs for the hospital stuff, in order to avoid such malpractice in the future.

Projects and Missions[edit]

Mission structure[edit]

Main operational hub of the Naigahelp community is the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. While the European associates are managing the financial aspects, local co-workers organize the field missions in Cameroon and Nigeria. To make sure that current missions are assisting the people with their demands accurately, the hospitals send schedules with their needs to the coordinators every month. Some Cameroonian hospitals, which had never gained such advertence by charities before, are now depending fully on the Naigahelp missions.

Most of the projects are carried out in the South West Region in Cameroon, around the town of Buea, but the organisation is also active in Nigeria, where it works on educational und medical missions throughout the country. Through educational missions are students taught how to improve the future with their own ideas. Cooperation includes Taraba, Adamawa, Niger, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom and many other states. It is planned to work on the HIV/Aids prevention also. A project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo seems to be encountered currently since security is low there.[3]

The St. Joan of Arc Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Buea

Naigahelp has also lined up a large range of Volunteer projects for young people who like to do voluntary services in Africa. This includes not only medical missions, but also social projects like the work in orphanages or a wildlife centre.

Current field missions[edit]

In January 2012, Naigahelp has sent a big consignment to the ‘’St. Joan of Arc Higher Institute of Medical Sciences’’, Buea, including new echography equipment. Within this, an information campaign about worm diseases was carried out in the area of Fako Division in South West Cameroon. Meanwhile, an emergency clinic with beds for around fifty patients is built in Buea using Naigahelp donations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Official Website
  2. ^ [2] Remembrances of a Naigahelp founder (in German)
  3. ^ [3] Information about the projects (in German)

4. Chapter Current field missions:"German volunteers upgrading Fako health facilities", The Recorder, Cameroonian newspaper on 23 January 2012 about the Naigahelp work (Not online)