Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Managemwnt and Sociak Development.

By M. Peter, Jos

Christian Blind Mission, CBM, has launched what she calls Transitional Aid project, which seeks to improve the health of Persons With Disabilities living in communities affected by conflicts in the North central states of Nigeria.

Transitional Aid project seeks to strengthen the resilience of conflict affected communities and internally displaced persons in Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue, to achieve inclusive health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH services and income generating activities.

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David Sabo of CBM, who gave the breakdown of the project at the project launch in Jos, said the project would be implemented through four partners.

The partners are Center for Gospel Health and Development, CeGHaD, Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Gede Foundation and the Universal Reformed Christian Church, NKST.

“The objective of the project is to ensure that the target group have access to qualitative and inclusive health services, household in the communities have access to inclusive WASH services and particularly, vulnerable households in communities have increased their sources of income through the formation of saving groups.

“ECWA will lead the implementation of the vesicovaginal fistula activities in the three States and provide its expertise on eye health in Plateau and Nasarawa States while NKST will provide its expertise and services on eye health in Benue. The provision of psychosocial services in Plateau and Nasarawa will be managed by Gede Foundation.

“The organisation will also be responsible for the WASH and livelihood components in Benue. CeGHaD will deal with WASH and livelihoods in Plateau and Nasarawa States.”

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He decried the increase in number of internally displaced persons due to recurring violent conflicts in the region saying that the conflicts have adverse effects on the precarious WASH facilities in communities.

One of the implementing partners, Nancy Onu of CeGHaD expressed joy at the intervention saying it would go a long way in mitigating the challenges faced by displaced persons.