Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria

by Anambra State Association Women in USA, Inc
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Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria
ASA Women USA Founder/ President with Ngozi
ASA Women USA Founder/ President with Ngozi
ASA Women USA, Inc. strengthens the healthcare of indigent women with Cancer and other Maternal Health concerns in Anambra State, Nigeria one woman at a time. Ngozi, 57 years old female, was diagnosed in 2018 with breast cancer. Ngozi is from Awor Ezimuzor, Ezinifite in Nnewi South LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria 
 
ASA Women USA, Inc. assisted with her hospital bills after her Mastectomy surgery for Breast Cancer at Whitechapel Specialist Hospital, Onitsha. She came back to visit us during the last Medical Mission in 2018 and was very thankful and grateful. She was re-examined by our breast surgeon. 
 
Ngozi was one of the 70 (seventy) Anambra Women from 38 communities with Cancer and other Maternal Health concerns that was adopted by ASA Women USA and enrolled in the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme (ASHIA) in December 2021 and February 2022.
 
Ngozi was recently admitted in the hospital in May 2022 with diagnosis of pulmonary metastatic+ pleural effusion and her daughter, Ogechi, contacted ASA Women USA, Inc. requesting for help. According to Ogechi, her mother has her health insurance card but was not receiving treatment in the hospital where she registered because they didn’t have the facility and manpower to manage cancer of the lungs. Ngozi’s registration under ASHIA was at Visitation hospital Osumenyi, but currently receiving treatment at Immaculate Heart Hospital and Maternity, Okwuani, Nnewi, which is ASHIA provider.
 
ASA Women USA, Inc. Headquartered in Maryland, USA advocated on behalf of the patient by contacting the management of Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA), who stated that She should have first gone to her primary care at Visitation hospital, then take a referral to Immaculate heart and Maternity, Okwuani, Nnewi. ASHIA Management further stated that since they have started treatment without ASHIA preauthorization it was a difficult situation. ASHIA pledged to assist by cost sharing.
 
Ngozi was discharged from the hospital on May 22, 2022, with a bill of N450,000 (four hundred and fifty thousand Naira) and she will be taking chemotherapy worth N160,000 (one hundred and sixty thousand Naira) every month for about 5 months, then she will be transitioned to the oral pill.  ASHIA assisted Ngozi’s hospital bill with N50,000 (Fifty thousand Naira). ASHIA notified Ngozi’s family that the health insurance didn’t cover the cancer drugs because they were too expensive. The family is now seeking for financial assistance to offset the Hospital Bill and monthly chemotherapy. ASA Women USA is providing financial assistance with her medical expenses, but MORE HELP IS NEEDED. Her family has expressed their appreciation and impact of these extraordinary support by ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition Team.
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When our project is fully funded, the ASA Women USA, Inc. will support the strengthening of healthcare systems through the State's Health Insurance Scheme for a sustainable and cost-effective means to accessing quality and affordable health services from the State's accredited public, mission and private hospitals across Anambra State, Nigeria and the establishment of the proposed International Comprehensive Cancer Center in Anambra State, Nigeria for long term economic impact
 
We will be sending you regular reports about our work. This will keep you informed about all our accomplishments and show you how your generous donation was used. I hope you enjoy learning about our work and continue to stay engaged with our team.
Breast Surgery
Breast Surgery
Receiving Health Insurance from ASA Women USA
Receiving Health Insurance from ASA Women USA

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ASA Women USA Health Insurance Launch
ASA Women USA Health Insurance Launch

Every day, we’re moved by your generosity. Words cannot express how much your compassionate support means to us at  ASA Women USA, Inc. Cancer Coalition, but from the bottom of our hearts, we say THANK YOU!

Two years ago, amid Covid-19 pandemic, you became part of a global movement of generous donors that joined together to empower our Covid-19 Support Fund in April 2020 and launched our Health insurance for indigent women through our online #GlovalGiving campaigns for the Project on Healthcare Access to Indigent Women. Now we are poised to build an International Cancer Centre in Amichi, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria. Together, you helped raise over $50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Dollars) from 2020 thru 2021. You have proven that Together We Can Do It! We can improve the lives of indigent women with Cancer and Maternal Health Concerns. 

Your compassionate generosity allowed us to adopt and enroll 70 (Seventy) indigent Anambra women from 38 communities with Cancer & Maternal Health Issues in the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme for a minimum of five years and establish an ongoing Partnership with Diocesan Hospital, Amichi, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State to remodel and renovate the existing wing of the hospital and get the International Cancer Centre running within the next five years.

 ASA Women USA engages in fundraising activities through GlobalGiving Campaigns; Launch Programs, Grants; 5K Walk/ Run for Hope & Fight to End Cancer. Funds raised are earmarked as follows: 65% of Funds raised will go towards the establishment of the International Cancer Centre; while 35% of funds will enroll more Anambra Women with cancer & maternal health issues in the yearly Anambra State health insurance scheme.  

Provision of health insurance assures a sustainable and cost-effective means to access quality and affordable basic health services from the State’s accredited public, mission and, private hospitals across Anambra State, Nigeria; cancer awareness; provide education and advocacy.

Consistent with ASA Women USA mission and legacy project, the organization is seeking more Philanthropic Partners, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) funding and, Grants for the establishment of the International Cancer Centre in Anambra State, Nigeria. We appreciate your continued generous support of our mission with your tax-deductible donations. We pray that God will replenish your pockets a hundred times over. Thank you for spreading the joy of giving. 

Health Insurance Launch - Indigent Anambra Women
Health Insurance Launch - Indigent Anambra Women
Receiving Health Insurance from ASA Women USA
Receiving Health Insurance from ASA Women USA
Receiving Health Insurance from ASA Women USA
Receiving Health Insurance from ASA Women USA
Grassroots Women with Hon. Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili
Grassroots Women with Hon. Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili
Happy 10th Year Anniversary, ASA Women USA
Happy 10th Year Anniversary, ASA Women USA
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Team ASA Women USA at NAPPSA 5K Walk/Run
Team ASA Women USA at NAPPSA 5K Walk/Run

ASA Women USA 2020/2021 Cancer Coalition’s Community Adoption Project Partnership Program (CAPPP) initiatives aim to engage members of our various communities in supporting our project on strengthening health systems through Availability and Accessibility of healthcare to indigent women with cancer and maternal health issues in Anambra State, Nigeria. CAPPP components includes, but not limited to(1) Yearly Health Insurance Premium Coverage for a minimum of 5 years. (2.) Expansion of a Community’s Health Centre– To challenge the healthcare issues based on 65: 35 ratio by: the expansion of a community’s health Centre into the International Cancer Diagnostic & Research Centre in Anambra State-Nigeria and provide the health insurance premium coverage to indigent women with cancer and maternal health issues in Anambra State-Nigeria, provide cancer advocacy, awareness and education          

No words can fully express our gratitude—but, from the bottom of our hearts: thank you. Since 2020, when the pandemic began, you became part of a global movement of generosity, joining so many donors & together in support of our Covid-19 Support Fund in April 2020, donation to NAPPSA 5K Run/Walk for Charity Cares in September 2021 and our ongoing legacy Project on Healthcare Access to Indigent Members in Nigeria Campaigns @ GlobalGiving and for making an impact. Together, you helped raise over 50% of our initial project funding goal of $50,000

The identified participating communities for the health insurance premium coverage based on 35% of raised funds are Amichi, Umuchukwu, Nise, Nnewi, Agukwu-Nri, Ufuma, Onitsha, Awka, Ukpor, Agulu, Umuoji, Ogbaru, Oraukwu, and Nanka towns in Anambra State. A total of 56 (fifty-six) indigent members with cancer and maternal health issues of the above communities will be enrolled in the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme on December 30th, 2021.  

The 65% of the total funds raised will support the International Cancer Diagnostic & Research Centre in Anambra State. We are happy to announce that ASA Women USA, in collaboration with her Global Partners appreciated the accepted joint partnership with the Management Board of the Diocesan Hospital, Amichi in actualizing the proposed International Cancer Diagnostic & Research Centre within the existing wing of the hospital. This is in line with our legacy project to provide the accessible, quality and affordable healthcare to the indigent members in Anambra State and the Nation at Large.  

This legacy project will involve the financing, and remodeling of a wing of Diocesan Hospital Amichi, which will house the International Cancer Diagnostic & Research Center. The Centre shall include but not be limited to: a reception center; nursing stations; CT Scan, Ultrasound, MRI, and X-Ray; Radiotherapy and Mammography; Laboratory, Examination and consultation rooms, Operating suit and recovery room; Treatment Room, Provider Work Room and Research Area. The management of the International Cancer Diagnostic & Research Centre will be vested in a fully incorporated Board of Directors made up of representatives of ASA Women USA and Diocesan Hospital Management Board. The operations, policy formulation, staffing of the Centre as well as relationship with Governments etc., will be the responsibility of the Board. ASA Women USA has engaged a building consultant that will take physical measurements of the facility and come up with an as-built-design. The location of the buildings favor a separate entrance from the entire hospital.

We will be sending you regular reports about our work. This will keep you informed about all our accomplishments and show you how your generous donation was used. Please do not make it a one-time donation, continue to donate generously as God would replenish your purse a hundred times over.

Mark your calendars for upcoming #GivingTuesday campaign, on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 @GlobalGiving. Together we can make a great difference: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/healthcare-access-to-indigent-women-in-nigeria/ 

Dr Anthony Ikeme, 2021 Cancer Award Recipient
Dr Anthony Ikeme, 2021 Cancer Award Recipient
Chief Charles & Dr (Mrs.) Chi Onwumbiko
Chief Charles & Dr (Mrs.) Chi Onwumbiko
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ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition held its maiden Virtual conference on Strengthening Health Systems through Availability and Accessibility of Healthcare to Indigent Cancer & Maternal Health Women of Nigeria in a COVID-19 Climate during the 2021 International Women’s Week Celebration @GlobalGiving. Outstanding Women of purpose worthy to be emulated by many women across the globe were honored with ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition Award on Project Partnership: Cancer Champion and the International Women’s Day Heroes were recognized with the  Pink Neck Ribbon Cancer Project Ambassador Medal of Hope.

ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition provided advocacy, cancer awareness and education.

ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition’s Project aims to engage members of our various communities in supporting the strengtheningof health systems through availability and accessibility of healthcare to indigent women with cancer and maternal health issues in Anambra State, Nigeria.

Over the course of 2020, deep-seated gender inequalities exacerbated the consequences of the pandemic for women around the world. For ASA Women USA’s Healthcare Access to Indigent Women in Nigeria project, the pandemic meant the indigent cancer & maternal health women lacked access to quality health services, insurance coverage for routine and catastrophic health costs in a country with under-resourced healthcare system. Gender stereotypes also limited their ability to access healthcare services.

 As half of the world’s population, women drive major economic growth and major contributions to society. Managing change requires strong collaboration and partnership.  Together with our global network of partners,we can continue to play an integral part in moving our project forward based on 65: 35 ratio by:

  1. Supporting the establishment of International Cancer diagnostic & research Centre in Anambra State, Nigeria       
  2. Strengthening the healthcare system for the indigent women with cancer and maternal health issues through the provision of State owned health insurance premium coverage, provide advocacy, cancer awareness & education

We at ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition have been empowering indigent women with Cancer & Maternal health issues through medical missions across the three Senatorial Zones in 27 towns in Anambra State with FREE breast, cervical & prostate cancer awareness, providing advocacy, education, screening, medically & surgically treated over 25,000 underprivileged persons and covered the hospital bills of the surgical patients during the coordinated post care medical missions at three major hospitals in Anambra State. ASA Women USA donated diagnostic equipments to hospitals. The most recent donation was to Anambra State COVID-19 fund, to bring palliative support to our indigent women at home and as part of her support to the State Government in the fight against COVID-19, and there is still so much to be done

Mark your calendars for upcoming JULY BONUS DAY @GlobalGiving on Wednesday, July 14th at 9 am EST to 23:59 pm EST. Matching Funds will be available @GlobalGiving. Your gift will go a long way and support our efforts in ensuring that women can access high-quality healthcare, and that those primary health needs particular to women and their families are addressed. This will promote economic productivity in the State and the Nation at Large.  

Event Link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/healthcare-access-to-indigent-women-in-nigeria/

To watch a recap of the 2021 virtual conference, please click the link below: https://youtu.be/vpUS3D-fIjg

Thank you for being a part of our team of supporters that are making our project a reality. Until our project is fully funded, we will be sending you regular reports about our work. Please continue to stay engaged with our team.

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ASA Women USA honoring a breast cancer survivor
ASA Women USA honoring a breast cancer survivor

ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition received letters from a Medical Director and a Consultant Surgeon in Nigeria for financial assistance towards two indigent women with breast cancer. Kate, 53 years old female, was diagnosed in 2014 with right breast cancer for which she had right simple mastectomy and level 3 axillary clearance while Francisca, a 62 years old female,  was  diagnosed in 2018 with left breast cancer for which she had a total mastectomy along with left axillary lymph node dissection. These two women among our indigent women received payments for their follow-up breast cancer treatments, medications, diagnostic test with CT scan, mammography of the second breast and Lab tests. Two survivors still in the fight as they are heroes of hope for others as they echo that they are warriors and conqueror. Both Ladies were honored  by ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition Purple Medal of Hope at their Annual 5K Walk for Hope & Fight to End Cancer in 2019 at Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) Awka, Anambra State-Nigeria.

ASA Women USA strengthens the healthcare of indigent women in Anambra State, Nigeria one woman at a time. These two women have expressed their appreciation and impact of these extraordinary support by ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition Team. Today, both women are doing fine.

When our project is fully funded, the ASA Women USA Cancer Coalition will support the strengthening of health system from a gender perspective in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as avoid interruption of other health services through the State's Health Insurance Scheme and the establishment of a community’s Cancer Diagnostic & Research Centre for a sustainable and cost effective means to accessing quality and affordable health services from the State's accredited public, mission and private hospitals across Anambra State, Nigeria and for long term economic impact.

We will be sending you regular reports about our work. This will keep you informed about all our accomplishments and show you how your generous donation was used. I hope you enjoy learning about our work and continue to stay engaged with our team.

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Mark your calenders for our upcoming five-day campaign @GlobalGiving. Date: March 8 thru March 12, 2021

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/healthcare-access-to-indigent-women-in-nigeria/

Together, we can make a great difference.

ASA Women USA honoring a breast cancer survivor 2
ASA Women USA honoring a breast cancer survivor 2
Breast Cancer Survivor Honoree with the President
Breast Cancer Survivor Honoree with the President
Motivational Speaking-  breast cancer survivor
Motivational Speaking- breast cancer survivor
2019 Walk for Hope & Fight to End Cancer- Anambra
2019 Walk for Hope & Fight to End Cancer- Anambra
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