In 1997, CHF commissioned the development of formal training for health workers leading to Diploma in tropical health and disease control hosted by the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola Nigeria. CHF spearheaded its subsequent upgrade to the Bachelor’s degree programme, the first in Nigeria. Over 1,300 health personnel have received direct formal CHF training in community mobilization, health administration, advocacy, development of work plans, record keeping, project budgeting and implementation. CHF has also complemented this through training programmes for 170 traditional healers in Taraba State for hygienic healing practices particularly the management of malaria, lymphatic filariasis diagnosis, and morbidity at the community level. Experiences and knowledge in the techniques of grassroots community participation that are acquired from direct contact with communities are transferred to students through our Global Internship Opportunity. The internship programmes accommodate Nigerian graduate and American MPH and medical students annually.
Since 2001, CHF has regularly provided opportunities for interns to acquire skills for community participation at the grass root. Emory University, Johns Hopkins University as well as several Nigerian universities take advantage of these opportunities to study grass root community participation skills. CHF is a mentoring organization to the Harvard School of Public Health Initiative, Maternal Health Young Champions (MHYC), for training young health professions to take up challenging and creative careers in maternal health. CHF has a wide range of network among communities, community leaders, community organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies responsible for infectious diseases intervention, maternal and child health, schooling and learning, access of the socially and geographically marginalized to services, using community participation strategies. These networks, research and intervention opportunities are available to interns from within Nigeria and elsewhere with interest in research for development.
Research for Policy and Practice Activities
The principal activities of the Common Heritage Foundation are policy and implementation-relevant research; project monitoring and evaluation, interventions to protect the weak and improve access of marginalized population groups to education, health, and nutritious food.
CHF personnel has carried out projects and activities in collaboration with many organizations, communities, and institutions.
CHF has carried out projects on
Malaria in collaboration with the World Health Organisation
Lymphatic filariasis in cooperation with the World Health Organisation, Federal Government of Nigeria, Interchurch Medical Assistance, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
HIV/AIDS in partnership with the Adamawa State government
Maternal and Child Health with KPMG, Constella-Futures, PATH2
Health system strengthening with the World Health Organisation, Federal Government of Nigeria
Community capacity building and people empowerment
Microcredit for maternal survival initiative in Zamfara and in Zing, Taraba State
Education access in Northern Nigeria through the UK-Aid project Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN). CHF personnel were primary participants in
the study on the conflict in northeastern Nigeria,
Special Education Needs and Disability policy study in Anambra and Kaduna States,
Teacher management in Northern Nigeria
Teacher situation in Northwestern Nigeria
Strategy for evidence-informed policy and practice of teacher recruitment and deployment
Geographic Focus and Network
Although regarded as the most community-interactive NGO in Northeastern Nigeria, CHF has expanded since 2010 to other parts of the country particularly Northcentral, Northwest and the Southwest with a spider web network of Community-based organisations mainly women and Programme Associates in the Northeast (Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno, Yobe), Northwest (Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna), Northcentral (Benue, FCT, Plateau, Kogi) and Southwest (Ondo, Osun). CHF collaborates with Faith-based organisations (CAN, JNI, ECWA, EYN, CRCN), FOMWAN, Miyetti Allah, other youth groups among others for intra- and inter-community understanding, education, disease alleviation and food production.
Sample projects 2009-present
The empowerment of women with lymphatic filariasis for food production and family income enhancement in spite of stigmatization.
Funding Agency: Interchurch Medical Initiative
Pilot Community micro-credit Initiative to empower women to access health services and alleviate the birth-related crisis in Zamfara State
Funding Agency: Constella-Futures
Robotic Health Assistant for Rational Management of Fevers Among Nomads
Funding Agency: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grant: Gates Foundation Initiative-Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grant #53105, Period: Phase I-2009- 2010
The Evaluation of geographical coverage in 8 States with community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) projects in Nigeria.
Funding Agency: African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control/WHO
Period: 2009 – 2010
Community-Directed Intervention for Improving Health Care Delivery in Nomadic Populations in Africa: Northeastern Nigeria. Grant No. ID No. 1-A90192
Funding Agency: World Health Organization
Period: Jan 2010-2012
Priorities for maternal and fetal nutrition research and implementation agenda: an Exploratory study on Improving Maternal and Child Nutrition Outcomes Study in Taraba State, Nigeria.
Funding Agency: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Emory University,
Period: 2010- 2012
The impact of malarial infection on agricultural worker productivity
Funding Agency: World Bank, ESRC
Maternal-Neonatal Health Evaluation of “accelerating progress to achieve health-related MDGs in Nigeria Case No. 1600666 (Project implemented by the Clinton Health Access Initiative)