On the 16th of May 2017, SEGEI in partnership with WAAW (Working to Advance African Women in STEM) and ATV Foundations carried out an outreach program at the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp Durumi, Abuja, Nigeria serving persons from three states in the Northeastern part of Nigeria where terrorist insurgency is at its peak.
The focus of the outreach was to empower the women and girls in technology, educate them about sanitary hygiene and to encourage their children to go to school.
Abiodun Essiet who is the health consultant for SEGEI took the women and the adolescent girls through menstrual hygiene and environmental sanitation. After her presentation, the women leader at the camp raised a concern that they don’t have enough toilet facilities at the camp which is making their women prone to toilet infections. Abiodun responded that they should work together to make their facilities clean and also gave them some health tips for preventing infection.
At the end of the presentation, the women were given free sanitary pads.
- Women = 15
- Children = 15
- Total = 30
The living condition of the IDPs is not conducive and with no support from the government for basic amenities, they are living at the mercy of NGOs like SEGEI. We must work together to support the IDPs in Nigeria.