IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC
PHIRC RESEARCH NETWORK
NIGERIAN HEALTH SOLUTIONS NETWORK
PHIRC has commenced free distance learning (e-learning) programmes for health and NGO workers in courses such as proposal writing and research methodology. This is a low-cost initiative for accelerating capacity building among highly motivated individuals in spite of the distance.
PHIRC programmes on youth empowerment commenced with the opening of a youth centre in September 2005. A Qualitative Research Project on Improving Parent Child Communication on Adolescent Reproductive Health in 5 secondary schools in Asaba was conducted in 2005 and findings published. A Conference on Adolescent Reproductive Health for the Niger Delta Region was organised by PHIRC at Port Harcourt in March 2006 for participants from the Niger Delta States. The Book of Proceedings of the Conference was produced and launched in June 2007 as part of the celebration of PHIRC 5th Anniversary. The youth club of the Public Health impact Research Centre (PHIRC) was inaugurated on 11th February, 2007 as a result of the need to crystallize the parent organization’s Adolescent and Youth Empowerment Programmes into youth-led programmes. It is made up of young persons in the age bracket of 15 – 30 years for whom registration is free. The mission is to empower young people especially in the Niger Delta educationally and economically to be able to make a positive difference in their own lives and their community as well as to become independent and resourceful adults. Through the youth club a mentorship programme was established whereby we employ young people, give them a small stipend and train them in many areas such as computer literacy, use of the internet, programme management, reproductive health etc in a flexible manner that can allow them to still pursue their educational career. The youth club also has skype meetings to ensure that members are kept abreast of activities despite their location. Various HIV/AIDS enlightenment campaigns have been organised for in-school students at: