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2019 COMPLETED ACTIVITIES
We closed 2019 with some milestones.
- We concluded 2 medical Missions
- We funded the Isu-Onicha Women’s Farmers Cooperative
- We initiated the set up for another Women’s Farmers Cooperative in Uzoagba, Imo State
- We have 2 students on our scholarship for 2019
In addition to the Obogwe, Ohaji Medical Mission, the Mbieri Medical Mission successfully concluded in December 2019. It was conducted in the same standards established by African Primary Healthcare Foundation. General surgeries were done. Optometry clinic was busy dispensing over 700 pairs of glasses. Patients are still walking into the clinic to be fitted with reading glasses at no charge to them. Medications were dispensed, mostly for high blood pressure and diabetes as well as other ailments.
Ohaji Medical Mission was quite robust and more challenging but it had to be done. It took place in the heart of the rainy season. A lot was done prior to July to upgrade the facility. A lot more was done on arrival in July 2019, to prepare to accommodate the over 2000 patients seen under the every day heavy downpour. Over 3,600 meals were served to every patient and all the providers (physicians, nurses, lab technologists, pharmacists, optometrists, drivers, security apparatus, crowd control units, etc. A lot of cost was incurred on the ground for feeding, cleanups, servicing of the Mobile Surgical Unit that was rented from 100 Igbos USA, transportation of SEE International equipment from Lagos to the site, erecting enclosed canopies due to the rain, diesel for 24-hr run generators for over 2 weeks. Medical Missions do not only take care of the sick, they provide temporary jobs for the individuals that help. With the exception of the contingent from USA and Europe, every participant from within Nigeria is paid honorarium for their time. An account of this Mission had already been written by the representative of PROFOH.
We have already scheduled 2 Medical Missions for 2020. The progress will be confirmed and reports will be made available during the year.
Isu-Onicha Women’s Farmers Cooperative has been a success story. Dr. Emeruwa, the President of APHF traveled to Isu-Onicha, Ebonyi State in November 2019 for a face-to-face meeting with the group of women farmers and their team leaders. The meeting was all captured in pictures. Those pictures are available on the website.
Due to the success of the Isu-Onicha cooperative, APHF has initiated an effort to duplicate the program in Imo State. The team Leader named for this Imo State project is Rev. Fr. Basil Nze.
Our other team leaders are Mrs. Ada Ogbu and Godwin Ogbu. With our growing number of Medical Missions, Dr. Stellagreg Obi Uche has been named a Program Coordinator who will be working with me in that regard.
Two students were awarded scholarships in 2019. One student is in Veritas University and is a candidate for a Medical Degree. The other student is finishing up in High School and looks forward to joining the next Nursing program in 2020 academic year. We are currently reviewing scholarship applications for the 2020/2021 academic year.
OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:
- Abbott Laboratory
- Alcon Laboratory
- Aspen African Health, Education and Research Initiative
- Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas
- Blessings International
- Isu-Onicha Community Development
- MAP International
- Professionals for Humanity (PROFOH)
- Queen of Angels & Star Caring Foundation
- Restoring Vision
- Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE) International
- Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)
- World Medical Relief (WMR)
- 100 Igbos USA, Inc.
**Pictured below: Medical Surgical Unit