AVAHI is mostly concerned with the sanctity of life, hence the slogan: AVAHI! LIFE FIRST. Every member is trained to place a high premium on saving life within the minimum possible time. Integrity, honesty, industry, reliability, and accountability are integral parts of AVAHI to ensure safekeeping and utmost care for the victims’ properties and welfare respectively.
AVAHI is the first of its kind in Nigeria with the sole responsibility of rescuing accident victims with the provision of a next of kin support to the victim(s) to facilitate prompt response to treatment in a health Centre.
Accidents Victims and Hospitality Initiative (AVAHI) is a non-governmental organization with sufficiently trained personnel entrusted with the responsibility of saving lives of accident victims on the Nigerian roads. Everyone involved in AVAHI’s operations must be proactive both in decision-making and in carrying out operations at the scene of the accident. The virtues of honesty, love and care which makes for total sense of hospitality are the hall mark of the initiative and are encouraged to be pursued and sustained with utmost enthusiasm in order to meet up with the goals and aspiration of the organization.
In all operations, efforts should be made to make victims stable and conscious enough to establish access and be united to the immediate family. All properties belonging to the victims must be well kept, documented and returned to the victim after s/he has fully be united to his/her immediate family.
To mobilize resources to the scene of accidents for rescue operations in the barest minimum time; provide an adequate rescue by administering first aid and evacuate victims to a nearby health center for proper medication and to ensure a cordial “next of kin” relationship between the victim and the operators before re-uniting with the immediate family of the victim.
To stop or reduce to the barest minimum, cases of careless deaths of road accidents victims on the Nigerian roads.
How We Got Started
The incessant cases of deaths through accidents on the Nigerian roads have become alarming in this last decade. Most of these deaths could be averted if adequate measures to rescue the victims and taken for proper treatments at the barest minimum time were taken. This initiative is therefore envisioned to provide the necessary prompt assistance to the accident’s victim that would minimize or totally eliminate careless deaths resulting from such accidents.
Although there are other government agencies entrusted with the safety of road transport in Nigeria, it is pertinent to note that such agencies do not stand as sureties or provide enough friendly relationship to stand as a “next of kin” that would facilitate easy access to treatment by the health center where the victims are being referred to.
To this end, AVAHI, a non-governmental organization is founded and managed to assist accidents’ victims by making a prompt response to the scene of the accident, take proper inventory of the affected victims with their properties and take same to the appropriate nearest health center and/or AVAHI office for immediate treatment and recording for proper keeping of the victims’ items respectively.
AVAHI operations are geared towards a hospitable atmosphere that promotes trust and reliability meant to ease recovery and re-uniting with the immediate family of the victim. This initiative is designed to engage necessary stakeholders in the transport and health industries while it is intended to work hand in hand with the existing road safety organization, health providers, and transport agencies. Adequate cooperation with the immediate community on the scene of the accident shall be advocated. Government involvement shall be limited to registrations and recognition by the National Budget and Planning Ministry.
With the existing honesty and hospitable nature of most Nigerians on the highways, AVAHI is set to put a smile on the faces of the families of accidents victims in Nigeria.
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