OIUSA/Canada's Biennial Medical Mission aims to provide comprehensive healthcare access to underserved Ikwerre communities in Nigeria. We provide physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other medical personnel at no cost to the individuals seeking care to relieve the burdens of poor health. Services include preventative healthcare, malaria testing and treatment, HIV screening, counseling, dental care, women's health care, pediatric care, surgical evaluation, and ocular (eye) care.
Inadequate access to healthcare is a major contributor to significant disparities in patient outcomes and mortality in Ikwerre rural communities. With the skyrocketing cost of medical care, which prevents many from seeking medical care, primary healthcare services are scant in many developing countries like Nigeria. Economic instability, poor infrastructure, and limited healthcare resources often render chronic medical conditions fatal, and many forgo preventive care.
When a community is healthy, it can thrive. While we continue to educate our communities about the impacts of improved health, we aim to provide comprehensive healthcare access during these medical missions to help alleviate some of the many burdens of poor health on our communities. Healthcare provisions are also offered through educational seminars that create awareness about various medical conditions, hygiene, and preventive health basics.
Our annual weeklong mission is a gateway to more expansive projects in the future. A successful mission will catalyze more missions and greater collaboration from community leaders and citizens. Mobilizing citizens to take ownership of their health, advocate for their children, and recruit the necessary resources from the leaders who serve them will raise the bar for the next generation and allow Ikwerre's underserved communities to reach new heights and flourish.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).