Brightland Academy soccer field
Our Clinton Global Initiative Anemia Program
Our screening of vulnerable women and children for anemia in southeast Nigeria continues on. Anemia is a condition in which not enough healthy red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. The poor blood oxygen levels and blood vessel blockages that result lead to chronic, agonizing pain, severe infections, organ failure and potential death.
Nigeria has the world's largest anemia-afflicted population - 75% of its children have the condition, and 1 out of every 5 maternal deaths can be traced to anemia.
Testing for anemia is often not performed in Africa because it traditionally has required invasive blood draws and laboratory analysis, which are often not available, or too expensive. This program of non-invasive testing can therefore have a significantly positive impact maternal and child health outcomes.
Through the Clinton Global Initiative, we partner with the medical technology company Masimo Inc. to screen and treat women and children in Nigeria for anemia quickly and painlessly.
We have screened over 10,000 women and children in Nigeria. Since we are the only group in Nigeria using Masimo’s advanced, noninvasive technology, it is almost certain that none of these vulnerable Nigerians would have been tested for anemia but for this special program.
Since January 2016, we have covered the costs of anemia treatment for up to 60 poor and vulnerable pregnant women and young children in Nigeria each month.
On August 4, 2016 we also donated thousands of safe delivery maternal kits to the First Lady of Anambra State.
Our Education Program
In January 2016, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer donated 20 laptops to us, which we in turn gifted to clinics and libraries throughout southeast Nigeria.
In March and April 2016, we provided desktop computers and science & lab equipment to an all-girls school in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
We have also selected girls as our first David Oyelowo Leadership Scholars. We cover tuition, room, board, books and supplies for these girls who have been directly impacted by Boko Haram.
Our scholars attend the Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. A secondary school for students aged 10 - 15, AGGS is an academic Center of Excellence known for its strong emphasis on science and math. For girls dealing with instability and insecurity, this all-girls boarding school offers a safe and nurturing learning environment. "Our girls" have had a wonderful experience since they began school in September. They enjoy being back in a safe, supportive learning environment with fellow female students and with teachers and administrators who care deeply for them.
We will select additional scholarship candidates soon for the 2017-2018 school year.
In March 2017, we completed a brand-new soccer field (football pitch) for Brightland Academy, a primary school in southeast Nigeria.
Brightland Academy soccer field sign