Community Health Initiative (CHI) Nigeria is a non-profit; non-governmental organisation set up in 1999 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in May 2000 (RC 12880). The organisation was set up to expand the vision and services of Chumaoke Hospital and Maternity, Obuoffia Awkunanaw.  The 20-bed hospital started as an illuminating light from obscurity in one room in April 1978. The one room clinic was a temporary effort by the Matron/Proprietress Janet N. Ngene to address the mounting obstetric emergencies in Awkunanaw and its environs which often took her into the communities late at nights whenever she was called for such emergencies.  Such obstetric emergencies included retained placentae, mothers bleeding after delivery (Post partum haemorrhage), children having convulsions etc. It was not very convenient as she had to be transported in any available vehicle while being exposed to security challenges.

The attendance at the clinic sharply rose leading to the construction  of an 8-bed maternity home which was officially opened by the then Anambra State Commissioner for Health  Dr. Edwin Onwudiwe on 6th May 1980. It was a landmark achievement that drew many mothers to the maternity thereby reducing the maternal and infant mortality rate in the area. In furtherance to this, we embarked on the expansion of the facilities in 1981-1982.  The foundation stone to that expansion was laid by His Excellency Chief Dr. Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo on 3rd May 1982 while he was the Governor of old Anambra State. He donated an ambulance in appreciation of the neatness of the environment and the dedicated care given to patients by the staff and management. The ambulance made the transportation of patients to and fro a lot easier though it has been grounded for many years now without any replacement.

CHIN Office Complex
Community Health Initiative/Chumaoke Hospital Complex, Obuoffia, Awkunanaw, Enugu

CHI Nigeria is therefore well positioned to expand rural health care services and economic development empowerment to the poor with the collaboration of local and international partners. CHI Nigeria‘s headquarters is domiciled at the expansive complex of the hospital in Obuoffia Awkunanaw. The organisation is governed by a 7-man Board of Trustees, a 9-member Board of Directors and Management Committee. The Executive Director Janet N. Ngene is a member of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, UNOPS, Geneva and was sponsored by WSSCC to attend the last Global Forum on sanitation held in Mumbai, India in October, 2011.

Our Vision:
Reducing maternal and infant mortality rate in Awkunanaw and its environs by providing a comprehensive hospital, maternity and other health services to the rural dwellers; particularly women and children closer to their homes at affordable cost under the best possible conditions.

Our Mission:
To reduce to the barest minimum maternal and infant mortality rates in the area through focused individualized woman oriented care, immunization of babies, aggressive hygiene and environmental health education to reduce the scourge of water/poor sanitation-borne diseases as well as mainstreaming HIV/AIDS prevention education in health.

Chumaoke hospital is a household word in many families in Awkunanaw as it is not only the first modest hospital built in the area but have so far delivered over ten thousand women of their babies with only 3 recorded maternal deaths in 36 years.

Several Doctors have served the hospital full time within the period and included Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, Dr. Dennis Nwachukwu and Dr. Patrick Ugwu to mention but a few. Presently we have Prof. J. E. N Okonkwo a Consultant Obstetrician/gynecologist as our supervisor. It is gratifying to note that the health standard of our people have improved considerably over the years because we pursued with vigor health education of mothers and immunization of babies against the deadly/killer diseases. In other to expand the scope of the good practices of the hospital, the need to register a non-governmental organisation arose in the year 2000.

Our Corporate Goal:
The corporate goal of CHI Nigeria is to promote and enhance the health of rural poor through health education, integrated health delivery and behavioral change education, to empower the rural poor economically through micro-financing and entrepreneurial skill training.

Our strategic objectives include:
  • Integrated maternal and infant care in collaboration with Chumaoke Hospital, Obuoffia through good antenatal, intra-natal and post natal services; family planning, prevention/treatment of malaria in pregnancy, prevention and treatment of worm infestation in children, immunization and campaign against female genital mutilation/circumcision. A lot of activities are going on in these areas as pregnant mothers attend antenatal clinic every Monday. They not only receive routine antenatal care but take two doses of preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy as well as prevention of tetanus. Routinely pregnant mothers are screened for HIV/AIDS. The Matron/Executive Director was recently trained on Family planning by Marie Stopes International.
  • Health education on food and personal hygiene, environmental hygiene.
  • Promotion of total sanitation through engagement of communities on Community –Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and school led total sanitation (SLTS), promotion of safe water supply and water quality.
  • Adolescent health education especially in the area of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention.
  • To establish and promote research on reproductive health of rural dwellers.
  • To economically empower the rural poor through micro finance and entrepreneurial skills development.
  • To provide technical support services to LGAs and communities on sanitation.
  • To offer consultancy services on sanitation, prevention of maternal and infant mortality, malaria prevention in pregnancy and emergency obstetric care.
  • Screening rural dweller for cancer with special emphasis on breast and cervical cancers. Working in partnership with other Agencies to offer follow-up management and aids to cancer patients.


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