Sustainable Development Goals - Afe Babalola University

2022 ABUAD Free Health-Care Services

In 2022, as part of our understanding that prevention and education are essential components of good health and wellbeing, and knowing full well that “Health is Wealth” so much so that no meaningful poverty can be eradicated in an unhealthy environment, ABUAD offers a wide range of free basic healthcare services like hygiene and sanitation, helping babies to live and nutrition and diet management as well as free health outreach programmes throughout the year 2021. These outreach services have continued in 2022 by the Afe Babalola University Multisystem Hospital (AMSH) with over 250% increases in low income households provided with the various health-care services.

In 2022, the ABUAD Multisystem Hospital which is an arm of the University offers a wide range of valuable safety and health awareness events and vaccination campaigns which are open to members of the Ado Ekiti community and beyond, at no cost.

Health Awareness

  • Open Gym and Fitness Classes: We offer free fitness and meditation classes for students and interested members of the community during the 2022/2023 Academic Session. Announcements on upcoming classes are sent by email. 
  • Healthy Snacks and Fruits: All ABUAD Restaurants offer healthy snacks and fruits at discounted rates for staff and students during the entire 2021/2022 academic year. This is still in place in the entire 2022/2023 Academic Session.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: In 2022/2023 Academic Session ,ABUAD Multisystem Hospital offers a variety of biofeedback equipment with which you can use to understand how your heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension are affected by stress and calming activities. Using this equipment can help you to better manage your body’s responses to emotional and mental stress.
  • Workshops and Certifications:  In 2022, ABUAD offers a wide range of occupational health and safety workshops and training programs which support faculty and students to maintain an accident free work environment. These include the Annual Certified Basic Life Support Course; Injury Prevention Workshop; Certified Health and Safety Management of Hazardous Materials & Waste Workshop 

Community Health Outreach and Vaccination campaigns

The ABUAD College of Health and Medical Sciences, in partnership with the ABUAD Multisystem Hospital offers free health campaign programs. Such community programs include

  • Kidney Disease Prevention Campaign

ABUAD Multi-System Hospital Renal Dialysis Centre sensitizes the public on the World Kidney Day 2021.

Having recognized the growing prevalence of kidney disease and the increasing demand for hemodialysis treatment globally, the Nephrology unit of AMSH was established to offer a world class renal care services for patients with kidney disease. The Centre, in same manner as they did during the 12th March 2020 World Kidney Day, sensitizes and offers the public free medical check-up as part of its health outreach programme to mark the the World Kidney Day 2021 tagged “Living Well with Kidney Disease “and held on the 11th March, 2021. The same was carried out in the year 2022 World Kidney Day with the theme “Kidney Health for All”.

The health workers at the centre went to the Ado-Ekiti town and neigbouring communities to sensitize and offer the people free kidney medical examination. The motive is to both increase education and awareness about effective symptom management and patient empowerment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging life participation. It is noted that 8,472 patients were given free health services during the weeklong health outreach on kidney and kidney related diseases which is 46% improvement on the 2020 edition. The percentage increase in patients’ improvement in 2021 is 58% while that of 2022 is 85%.

It should be noted that in the year 2020, the centre was upgraded and expanded with state of the art haemodialysis machines to accommodate more patients both for routine haemodialysis and patient with special needs. This centre has continued to provided health-care to the public in 2022.

Afe Babalola: I lost six siblings to poor maternal care

14th April, 2021 ABUADNEWS

The founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has said he lost six of his siblings to poor maternal care.

The eminent lawyer promised that the university’s teaching hospital, ABUADTH, will give priority to maternal and child care to prevent neonatal maternity.

Babalola spoke at a workshop held on the 14th day of April 2021 with respect to Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), sponsored by the university, in conjunction with Project C.U.R.E., World Health Organisation (WHO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The event was attended by the wife of Ekiti State deputy governor, Chief (Mrs) Funke Egbeyemi; wife of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Mrs. Bosede Adejugbe; Chief Executive of ABUAD Ventures, Mrs. Modupe Babalola, as well as midwives, nurses and other health workers.

Babalola said: “In those days, some children were born while their mothers were going to the farm and such children would be carried back home in basket. My mother gave birth to 10 of us but only four of us survived.

“I was a survivor of child mortality about 90 years ago. A mother is like gold, and gold is very precious. We must do everything possible to save them and their babies.

“We are grateful to Project C.U.R.E. and other partners for this training. In our hospital, we have a special wing for women and children.”

Ms. Amy Greene, who spoke for the agency’s President, Dr. Douglas Jackson, said they held the programme at ABUAD to support the new 400-bed multi-system ABUADTH.

Greene, who said the agency donated $1 million medical equipment to ABUADTH, said it had saved about 1,620 babies from untimely death due to the training it offered experts in sub-Saharan Africa.

She said: “In Africa, less than 33 per cent of children have access to neonatal care and this mainly predisposed them to deaths caused by malnutrition, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases.

“With this training, our medical personnel will be able to sensitise expectant mothers about the hazards associated with poor neonatal care and the need to take care of their personal hygiene for improved health of our babies.”

Mrs. Babalola noted that besides saving about 60,500 babies from deaths, Project C.U.R.E also trained 1,343 birth attendants and facilitated train-the-trainers trips worldwide through the HBB programme.

She added: “With this training, the three most common causes of preventable neonatal deaths – complications during childbirth, complications from preterm birth and neonatal infections – would be reduced.

“But there is need for us to get to the grassroots where unregistered deaths take place and where deaths are often erroneously associated to witches and wizards without paying attention to the real issue.”

ABUAD hospital trains 300 workers to tackle child mortality

Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 ABUADNEWS

Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital (ABUADTH) has trained 300 of its workers in partnership with a United States agency, Project CURE, to tackle child mortality. This training was held on Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 at the Conference Hall of the University Teaching Hospital.

The training tagged: ‘Helping a Baby Breathe,’ was borne out of the desire to reduce motherless babies and high number of orphans caused by child mortality.

Speaking at a dinner at the weekend for officials of Project CURE, the founder of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, hailed the health agency for assistance to medical institutions in Africa and the developing world.

He praised the President/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr. Douglas Jackson, for believing in humanity.

Babalola said: “Project CURE has been of immense benefits to African nations. It has given over 300 sophisticated equipment to hospitals in Africa.

 “We thank Project CURE for this partnership. It will help in exposing our experts in modern techniques of making a child survive after birth.

“We decided to partner you, because this university was established to make a difference in Nigeria and we assure you that we will extend the knowledge gained to other areas of Ekiti.”

After presenting certificates of participation to the participants, Dr. Ramos said the first minute of a baby after its birth called golden minute was crucial for its survival.

He urged experts to use the techniques to help the baby breathe, to reduce child mortality.

Ramos added: “Project CURE is committed to improving the well-being of the people. This is why this partnership is going to be a long term one.

“This helping the baby to survive initiative is a crucial aspect of medicine. It goes along with making mothers survive during labour. The two are like Siamese twins.

“We thank ABUAD for going beyond the shores of Nigeria to seek help on how to improve the health sector, because it remains the most crucial aspect of medicine.

“We want the experts to spread the gospel by teaching others the new technique in making a baby survive, by making them jettison the old style of slapping or turning babies upside down for them to take the first breathe.”

The Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Rotimi Sanya, said the initiative became important on the premise that not all babies could breathe after delivery, except they were aided medically.

The dinner was attended by the Project CURE team led by Dr. Carlos Ramos and Dr. Lee Jones.

  • Annual HIV/AID Awareness Campaign
  • Annual Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign
  • Annual Blood Donation Campaign
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
  • Diabetes Prevention Campaign
  • Vitamin D Screening Campaign
  • Organ Donation Awareness Campaign

Self-help resources

  • AsthmaVisor is a wearable solution, developed by a team of ABUAD students and researchers, that helps the user in monitoring their asthma conditions. The solution consists of a wearable device that monitors environmental and physiological data like air quality, smoke & dust level, heart rate and stress level to get insight about the factors and conditions that triggers an attack.
  • WellTrack: Interactive self-help therapy site. Use your ABUAD email credentials to register and create a login.
  • Mental Health Screening: Take a free test to assess the state of your mental health.

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