The Federal University, Oye-ekiti 400 level demography and statistics students visit to SFH Lagos field office
The visit took place on the 12th and 14th of June 2018 with 2 set of students in differ teams. The first team visited the office on the 12th of June 2018 while the second team visited on the 14th of June 2018. Overall, a total of 65 students (30 students for the first team and 35 students for the second team) visited the Lagos field office. The students were accompanied by 3 lecturers including their Head of Department (HOD) taking the lead for both teams.
The objective of the field visit was for the students to have a full understanding of practical application of demography and statistics in Public Health. The students were welcomed by the Regional Manager Global Fund HIV project (Adewoyin Olufunke); presentations on Overview of SFH which include Public Health projects currently being implemented and various data reporting and collation tools use by each projects within the organization was shared with the students. The SFH team also explicitly ensured that the students left the field office fully equipped with knowledge that will aid them even as they approach the end of their undergraduate study. The following were some the highlight from the presentations shared with the students: ? An overview of Society for Family Health and the various thematic focus areas of the organization. ? A brief overview of the various projects running in the Lagos field office especially each project’s data collection process and reporting tools which includes GFHIV, A360 and GFM.
An explanation to how data generated by the various projects are, Analyzed, presented and interpreted for Programmatic decision making was explicitly described. Furthermore, the RM had the opportunity to showcase all SFH Social Business Enterprise (SBE) products to the students with explicit explanation of what each of the product is used for and the thematic program areas which each product addresses. Various types of IEC materials by each project was presented to the students and lecturers which also includes Male and female Condom demo for the students and lecturers. The entire team visited the Global fund HIV testing sites at Ifako-Ijaiye LGA, the students were able to see onsite programmatic application of demography and statistics.
They had the opportunity of interacting with the KP target stakeholders, counselors and testers, seeing all their data capturing tools, asking relevant questions on the various application of the tools and experience sharing on the challenges the counselor testers encountered on the field whilst providing services to the target population. The visit was highly insightful as the students and lecturers expressed their gratitude for the new knowledge gained especially with the fact that the organization surpassed their expectations. Relevant clarifications and questions were provided answers. Overall the visit was a success.