For many of Nigeria’s women, the AIDS crisis has had a major impact. Even for those who are uninfected with the disease, it is not uncommon for AIDS to leave widows or even older female children in the position of running and sustaining a family completely alone. Unfortunately, many of Nigeria’s women have been provided with little education and job skills training, making it almost impossible to earn a sustainable wage. Couple this with difficulty finding food and trouble helping younger children or siblings receive an education, and it is easy to see why the nation’s female population is also considered one of its most vulnerable populations. Anita Kemi Dasilva Ibru is working hard to change these circumstance s for many women throughout the country.
Both within her work at Ideal Eagle Hospital and as a board member of ERAF, or the Erelu Adebayo Foundation, Anita Kemi Dasilva Ibru helps to bring food, shelter, education, job skills training, and hope to women who previously had very little. While therapeutic food and other necessities are offered in a crisis situation, it is the availability of job skills training and the hope of participating in programs like those that offer grants for women to start cooperative businesses that truly make the most lasting impression. In a nation where hope can be incredibly hard to come by, an education and the ability to become self sustaining can make a big difference.
The work of Anita Kemi Dasilva Ibru goes beyond what is required for these women to survive. Instead, her work helps them to thrive. While prosperity is uncommon for women in Nigeria, proper job skills training can create a life that is sustainable and that offers better chances for both survival and happiness. The AIDS crisis has had a huge impact on Nigeria’s women and children, but Dr Ibru is working to lower it in as many ways as possible.