Greater Hands Foundation was born out of Passion to liberate the vulnerable groups in our society especially women and children from the shackles of economic impoverishment, marginalization, lack of information, resources and access to quality health care services. In Cross River State, women were dying annually from pregnancy-related complications that could be prevented through targeted and sustained public health awareness campaigns, increased availability of family planning services and training for health care providers.
New HIV infections were on the increase and the HIV prevalent rate was at 6.6% in Cross River rate. Teenage pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases were fast becoming huge source of concern in the state. The highest number of young mothers was found in the rural areas Communities were shying away from sexual matters that were affecting the lives of young people. Young people needed to get the right information.
In order to avert the foregoing, the girl child needed to be given particular attention. Policies to help the girl child needed to be reviewed and providing health care services including youth friendly service centres and counseling in order to redeem the future leaders became a necessity.
Many of the avowed rights had also been severely curtailed, with the government and its institutions observing the citizens’ rights in breach. The environmental condition in Cross River State has also become more challenging as the state and her people were faced with refuse all over and this had led to the breeding of diseases and rodents.
Mrs. Arit Egbe the vision bearer realized that if the ongoing trend was not checked, the next 20-50 years would become uncontrollable. GHF was born out of Passion to liberate the vulnerable groups in our society especially women and children from the shackles of economic impoverishment, marginalization, lack of information, resources and access to quality health care services.
As a local NGO, we have unique insights into the different cultures, and a budding relationship with the local partners and therefore in a better position to give guidance to the policymakers.
Over the years GHF has affected the lives of community members positively through effective community mobilization, outreaches, Sanitation and hygiene, demand creation for health facility services uptake for pregnant women and women of reproductive age especially the First-time Mothers (FTMs), promoting and enhancing Adolescents Youths and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of young women and girls through youth-friendly services uptake as well as ensuring positive Maternal and newborn health outcomes for women and girls of reproductive age and promoting accountability in governance in Cross River State.