By Gabriel Olawale
In its bid to reduce medical negligence among volunteers providing public health services, George Kerry Life Foundation, GKLF and Be-In-Health Foundation, BIHF are providing comprehensive training to volunteers.
Speaking ahead of the capacity building exercise slated for February 16th to March 31st, 2018, Founder of GKLF, Dr. Matilda Kerry said in Nigeria with a population of over 180 million and an average ratio of two skilled healthcare workers to 1,000 Nigerians, so many needs would be unanswered without volunteers.
Kerry explained that despite volunteer services being hugely beneficial, they have potential of causing serious harm and sometimes, even death of beneficiaries especially in situations where guidelines, supervision, monitoring and training are absent or seriously lacking.
“If volunteers working in the humanitarian sector are equipped with fundamental tools needed for success in this field, we would record more success stories and enjoy better health services. We are hence conducting a one day ethics and accountability in health care training workshop for 1,000 volunteers working in the humanitarian sector.
“This training which is supported by Young African Leaders Initiative, the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the US Consulate and the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board is scheduled to take place in Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, Epe, and Victoria Island.