Lagos State First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Claudiana lbijoke Sanwo-Olu was conferred with the award of Grand Ambassador of Orphans and
Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Lagos State at the official launch of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health – Integrated Child Health Social Service Award (ARFH – ICHSSA 2), a USAID – US Agency for International Development -funded project currently being implemented by the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), in partnership with Project HOPE and FH1360, with support from the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
On behalf of all Orphans and Vulnerable Children in our dear state, the First Lady accepted the award and clearly states that reward for hard work is more work.
This recognition, no doubt, will spur her to keep advocating and supporting OVC, especially in terms of various initiatives to assuage the plight of the vulnerable in the society, including women and children.
Aside the Endowment Fund that was launched through the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLS0) to defray the
cost of pediatric surgeries for needy babies of Ayinke House at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, it was also
gratifying that the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) has successfully enrolled over 1,000 registered
orphanages in the health scheme of the state government.
According to its mandate, the ARFH-ICHSSA 2 Project, which will run for five years in 10 LGAs, is designed to mitigate the impact of
HIV/AIDS on children and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households in Lagos State.
On our part, the Office of the First Lady is delighted to be associated with the ARFH-ICHSSA 2 Project and will provide the enabling environment in line with the Lagos State Operational Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (2021-2024), which was also launched at today’s event, to ensure the successful implementation of the project
in the state.
Together, we can provide the enabling environment for the children in Lagos State to develop into productive adults.