Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fighting Chronic Diseases in Nigeria - Ebele Mogo

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Ebele Mogo is a reader of this blog who lives and works in Alberta, Canada. She also loves writing and two of her poems have been published in Sentinel Nigeria. Ebele is also the founding President of Engage Africa Foundation, a non-profit focused in health development.


Ebele is the only Nigerian contestant applying for a grant called Canada's Rising Stars, a program aimed at rewarding the creativity and skills of promising Canadian innovators' efforts in solving chronic health crisis in 3rd world countries.in which she is . The grant, if she wins, will financially support her to raise awareness of chronic diseases and advocate for health conscious policies in Nigeria and the rest of Sub-saharan Africa.

To do this, she needs as many people as possible to create an account on the website and give her video a thumbsup. The more thumbsups she gets, the more likely she is to be considered for this grant. I hope you can all help her by going to the site, registering, and voting for her.

You can also share this on your social media, facebook, twitter, etc and ask others to vote and pass it around as well. Ebele Mogo wouldn't like to miss this opportunity to have the funds and support that would enable her to help tackle such diseases as diabetes, heart attack and hypertension in Nigeria.

Thank you so so much. Here is the link to the video






7 comments:

  1. I've just voted for Ebele as I believe this is a good cause worth supporting. I always like to see Nigerians wherever they may reside doing something positive to make a difference in Nigeria.

    I believe we all have a moral responsibility of making Nigeria what we all hope and want it to become.

    My only advice to her is perhaps she could have been more specific in what she's seeking to do. Maybe she's done so already or know it in herself but it didn't come across explicitly in the video presentation. Overall, a great initiative.

    Well done Myne for supporting this.

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    1. Thank you N4L, I hope she is able to get the grant.

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    2. Hi Naija 4 life,

      Thank you for your gracious advice, I will keep this in mind in the future. Given that I just had 2 minutes I wanted to draw the most attention to the gravity of the issue. I had already focused very in-depth on the technical details- the method of implementation and all in the application I had sent to the judges. So the video was more to summarize the idea and especially why it is important. Still, thank you very much for your advice.

      This what what we plan to do though- we plan to place a big emphasis on health promotion, policy advocacy (for sustainability) and context specific research. I plan to do this through surveillance and monitoring in collaboration with the WHO regional office in Africa to establish an evidence base for policy advocacy and also to plan context specific strategies. We are aiming for a social movement rather than a top down approach by working with all sectors of society- from community leaders to youth to students and especially the media in raising awareness about non-communicable diseases, risk factors and preventive measures and most especially policy advocacy to ensure successes are sustainable.

      Thats it in a nutshell. Our website is still underway but please watch this space: http://www.engageafricafoundation.org/

      Thank you very very much and please keep spreading the word.

      Thank you Myne:)

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  2. Aww bless her
    Heading there as soon as I can.
    I hope she wins

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  3. Not sure if this went through at first. Thank you Naija 4 life for your gracious suggestion. Your point is well taken, I guess it was because I had already sent the technical part of the application so I was trying to emphasize the need to the public with my video.

    The three key parts of our strategy are research, policy advocacy and health promotion.

    We plan to do research so that we know the specific problems in that region and so our strategy will be context specific. We will do this through surveillance and monitoring in collaboration with the WHO regional office in Africa to establish an evidence base. Health promotion and awareness raising because we are aiming for a social movement rather than a top down approach by working with all sectors of society- from community leaders to youth to students and especially the media in raising awareness about this epidemic, risk factors and preventive measures. Lastly policy advocacy to ensure the political will that sees to sustainable results.

    That’s it in a nutshell. Our website is still under construction but should be up if you check in about a month. Here is the link: http://engageafricafoundation.org/

    Thank you everyone and thank you very much Myne:)

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  4. MY AUNTY!!! I JUST WANNA HAIL YOU RIGHT NOW MEHN!! THANK YOU FOR NOT HIDING YOUR TALENT AND CONTRIBUTING A WHOLE LOT TO PEEPS LIKE ME... YOUR BOOKS I LOVE AND I PRAY FOR MORE INSPIRATION :) DAMARIS

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    1. Hello Damaris, thank you so much dearie, and all the best.

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