I turn 50 on January 11, 2019 and all I want for my birthday is to give people some hope and do my own part in shaping the world I live in through the 50k by 50 Project
. I need your help to raise $50,000 by my 50th birthday to fund the donation of a 40-foot container of medical supplies and equipment to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH)
IMSUTH is a primary healthcare facility that caters to a large population of the community and
a teaching hospital responsible for training future medical practitioners. Unfortunately, it is not equipped to carryout its basic functions due to lack of funding. It is a government establishment that has been neglected upon opening; our government has a knack for building self described "world class" facilities without planning for its long term sustenance after the ribbon is cut and the cameras are gone.
In a country where 67% of people live below the poverty line, many people are dying from preventable health conditions daily
. With the high cost of healthcare, it is common for people who need medical attention to delay their care. They are not being irresponsible; rather, they must decide whether to put food on the table or pay for a hospital visit. A vast majority do not have health insurance, so it is a "pay before service" system - you have to pay first before you are allowed to see a doctor.
2016 World Bank statistics lists the life expectancy in Nigeria as 53 years old; in the United States, it's 79. Mortality rate for children under 5 years old is 107, while in the US it's only 7. Sadly, most of these deaths can be avoided if people have access to affordable healthcare. IMSUTH was established to be that resource, but without the medical supplies and equipment to function properly, more lives are lost everyday to preventable
diseases. The numbers are staggering!!
Providing IMSUTH with supplies will go a long way in alleviating the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable members of the society. I really need your help to achieve this. Together, we can make a great impact. Will you join me in making a difference?
Here's how you can help - 1 - Kindly make a donation2 - Help spread the word by sharing this with your family, friends and co-workers.
Giving Hope Initiative, Inc.
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