GEANCO (www.geanco.org) saves and transforms lives in Africa. We organize surgical missions to Nigeria. We run a Clinton Global Initiative program to fight anemia and help vulnerable pregnant women safely deliver healthy babies. We also donate computers, books, medicine and sports fields to schools. Through our David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, we provide full tuition, medical care, and professional psychological support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality.
In 2013, the widely-respected magazine "The Economist" declared Nigeria "the worst place for a baby to enter the world." The country has the second highest number of maternal deaths annually, behind only India. Every ten minutes, at least one Nigerian woman dies in childbirth. Each year, one million Nigerian children do not live to see their fifth birthday. Nigeria has the second largest HIV-infected population in the world and most children living with HIV in all of Africa.
We provide direct healthcare and surgical care that not only saves lives, but also allows poor and vulnerable Nigerians to live fuller, more dynamic lives, free from pain, disability and hopelessness. We also train local doctors and nurses, thereby strengthening Nigeria's healthcare system in a broad and sustainable way. By supporting Nigeria's schools, we also help make Nigeria's future brighter and more secure. Today's eager students will become tomorrow's strong leaders.
We have screened over 25,000 women and children for anemia. We cover the cost of anemia treatment and prenatal care for 300 vulnerable pregnant women each month. We have helped over 130 Nigerians "rise and walk" through our free joint replacement surgeries. Our innovative bone fracture repair system will empower Nigerian surgeons to fix broken bones in a sustainable, ongoing basis. We upgrade local hospitals and train their staff on the latest medical and surgical techniques.