Health Rescue Foundation

Health Rescue Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization established in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the purpose of providing medical care to those in sub-Saharan Africa, and more specifically, eastern Nigeria. The life expectancy of people in sub-Saharan Africa remains very low despite significant technological progress in other parts of the world. Our purpose is to change the face of healthcare through education with a focus on preventive health services especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, immunizations, and non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease. 

Rural communities within the Imo state of Nigeria have been neglected in the area of healthcare due to lack of information and knowledge. Our focus is to improve healthcare through the rehabilitation of local health care clinics in rural easten Nigeria and to improve health education through the dissemination of health information, providing medical care, and social support relating to vaccines and preventable diseases. We also aim to assist in skills acquisition for youth to develop their talents and aid in the flourishing of proper healthcare for Nigeria’s future.

We work to provide medical and social support to patients, especially women with HIV/AIDS.

We assist in housing and healthcare needs of the elderly. We organize health fairs to educate the populace about vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, hepatitis, typhoid, meningitis, and provide health education about the prevention of stroke, diabetes and hypertension. At this time, we are raising funds and materials for an HIV orphanage in Africa.

Mission

Our foundation is based on the concept that we can make a difference in the healthcare needs of the poor in society through education.

Organization History

Health Rescue Foundation was founded in 2011 by physician, Dr. John Nnadi, who has a desire to give to society the knowledge he gained from the course of his medical career. He has a strong desire to help those in need and to empower those who are underprivileged and lacking basic health care facilities and care for preventable diseases. He has a firm belief that health is wealth and that rural communities need to be provided medical and social support. This is especially true for the many orphans and vulnerable children who often also live with HIV/AIDS. Our work to date has included the following:

  • Organizing health fairs to educate the populace about vaccine preventable diseases such as polio, hepatitis, typhoid, meningitis and health education about prevention of stroke, diabetes and hypertension.
  • Working to provide medical and social support to patients, especially women with HIV/AIDS.
  • Encouraging health literacy by promoting a reading culture through provision of books, library, and scholarship schemes.
  • Assisting in the care of orphans, especially those with HIV and vulnerable children in Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Raising funds and materials for HIV orphanage in Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Assisting in the housing and health care needs of the elderly.

Accomplishments to date include numerous orphanage visits where we able to provide clothing, food, writing materials, provisions, and toiletries. These orphanages included Treasure of Love orphanage in Ketu, Lagos state in Nigeria as well as the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy Okwu Urratta in Owerri, Imo state in Nigeria. Holy Cross Catholic Parish Aladimma Owerri and students of Assumpta Girls Model Secondary School Owerri were provided education for girls and women regarding health and care of children. We have been able to provide education for two orphaned children through scholarships. We have also donated food items locally to our nearest Saint Vincent De Paul. Future goals include seminars and workshops to educate and eliminate domestic violence in rural communities.

Objectives:

  • Working with the sole aim of providing medical and social support to patients, especially women living with HIV/AIDS. 
  • Organising health fairs to educate the populace about vaccine preventable diseases such as polio, hepatitis ,typhoid and meningitis and health education about the prevention of strokes, diabetes and hypertension. 
  • Prevent and mitigate the impact of communicable and non-communicable disease including HIV/AIDS, particularly among vulnerable socially-excluded groups.
  • To improve the health of people in the communities through the provision of free medical consultations, medical tests, health education and other welfare activities.
  • To focus on the issues that are of vital importance to women and girls especially in the areas of domestic violence and other sexual and reproductive healths and rights of these women and girls. 
  • Encouraging literacy by promoting a reading culture through provision of books, library, and scholarship schemes.
  • To reduce infant mortality rate(IMR) and Maternal Mortality rates (MMR) 

Partner organizations:

  • Imo State Ministry of Health
  • Association for Reproductive and Family Health in Imo State 
  • Society for Family Health
  • Imo State Agency Against the Control of Aids (SACA)
  • World Health Organization
  • Global Health Council
  • Centre for the Elderly, Youth, and Family Development
  • National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA)

Problem

The life expectancy of people in sub-Saharan Africa remains very low despite significant technological progress in other parts of the world. We believe that good health education and affordable healthcare services are vital to improve the lives of these individuals.

The need for education about HIV and health-related matters is critical. The local health care clinics in the remote villages are not adequately equipped to assist with the healthcare needs of the people. We have visited local health clinics and interviewed healthcare workers to find out what knowledge they had about health-related issues. We have identified specific areas of focus. We have also identified the need to help vulnerable young women who lack needed education about HIV /AIDS and vaccine-preventable diseases. The data gathered was done in the form of sample opinions and one solution that they indicated was that a solar panel could provide a permanent solution to their ongoing electrical challenges. This is a critical component for many pieces of medical equipment and basic health facility functionality.

Our mission is very important because we educate the rural populace on how to prevent diseases and we help the most vulnerable since most of them do not have affordable healthcare or information at their disposal on how to prevent diseases.

Programs

Program Intervention Areas 

  • Elimination of parent to child transmission 
  • Gender based violence and HIV 
  • Stigma and discrimination 
  • Counselling women and girls in the areas of domestic violence. 

Orphanages 

Primary activities of the program

  • There is an Orphanage for HIV Orphans in Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria. 
  • This group is run by the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa, there are also other orphanages in Eastern Nigeria). 
  • The goal is not merely to support those in existence but to expand their capacity to increase their outreach.

Description of the program 

  • The focus is on education and ensuring the welfare of children
  • We will assist with scholarship funds for education/vocational schools.

Importance of the program

  • The program will help with the education and welfare of disadvantaged children. 

Demographics served by the program 

  • Children in Western and Eastern Nigeria.

Vocational Institute 

Primary activities of the program 

  • This will be done to support the initiative of faith-based groups in Eastern Nigeria that are working on establishing vocational schools to teach vocational skills to young men and women.  
  • Ongoing activities 
  • Provide material support and materials for the vocational school.

Description of the program 

  • The school will need assistance to improve their library and assist in getting articles for the students.

Importance of the program

  • The program will help with the education and welfare of young men and women by empowering them to develop skills.

Demographics served by the program

  • Young men and women in Western and Eastern Nigeria

Primary school rehabilitation /Local health clinic rehabilitation 

Principal activities of the program

  • In remote areas of the country, school buildings for the education of young people are lacking or are in bad shape. 
  • This program aims to assist in rehabilitation of both the school and rural health center in a local Village, Emii, in Eastern Nigeria. 
  • Also, the health care center has specific needs such as borehole and power generator for the local health clinic.
  • Ongoing activities
  • We will provide materials to help rebuild the school and the local health clinic 

Description of the program 

  • The goal will be to get the right school that can serve a population of about 3,000 people and helps in educating the next generation.

Importance of the program

  • Education and healthcare of the people in the rural areas of the country.

Demographics served by the program

  • Youth and families in Eastern Nigeria
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