The W Initiative, a flagship women empowerment programme of Access Bank Plc, has announced plans for its 2019 ‘W Health Month’ aimed at improving community awareness on health issues that affect women and their families.
The programme according to the Bank is designed to bridge the knowledge gap, provide access to health checks as well as encourage healthy lifestyle habits.
Slated to run through the month of October, the ‘W Health Month’ will focus on key areas such as infertility, endometriosis, vesicovaginal fistula, VVF, cancer, maternal and neonatal mortality.
Speaking on the campaign, Ayona Trimnell, the Coordinator ‘W’ initiative, Access Bank Plc, said: “Globally, the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness for Breast Cancer, a major health issue affecting mainly women. However, as an Institution with a focus on women, we are expanding the scope to shine the spotlight on 5 salient health issues affecting women and their families.
The 2017 African Research and Population Centers, estimated 40,000 maternal deaths in Nigeria, making the country the second-largest contributor to maternal mortality worldwide. There is a need for us to change the story one woman at a time and we at Access Bank have been moving the needle in our own way through our flagship product, the Maternal Health Service Support, MHSS.
Activities planned during the period include free health screening, health talks by specialists, fitness classes, fundraising to support these causes, etc. The Health Month will wrap up with an advocacy walk tagged ‘Walk for Women’s Health’ on Saturday 26 October 2019.”
Established in 2014, the W Initiative is home to everything Access Bank has to offer women. This includes both financial and lifestyle needs. Under the Initiative, participating women and their families have access to a wide range of privileges including access to credit facilities to meet business and healthcare needs, the ‘W’ community which provides insights on family matters, health, career, lifestyle, and finance.
Health screenings will hold every Tuesday in October at designated partner locations across the country.