As the head of the delivery of Medical Outreach programs in Northern Nigeria is Dr. Maryam, the head of the medical team (Northern Nigeria) is located at the city of Kano in the Northern of Nigeria. Dr Maryam has totally devoted her time and talents to the mission of Ripples USA. Dr. Maryam leads the medical outreach missions in Northern Nigeria, and remains on the ground even after the outreach team leaves, ensuring that patients have continuous access to care and follow-up appointments are available for those who need them. Dr Maryam and her team are on ground and continue to provide medical services to the group of the Boko Haram orphans. The photo was taken during a medical outreach campaign responding to a request from the Boko Haram orphans.
Our Medical Outreach Program is one of most requested in the communities we work in because they give individuals the opportunity to access care and treatment when they would otherwise have been unable to. In this particular photo, a mother of four children, named Iyabo, receives a free consultation from Ripples medical staff. Iyabo is diabetic and with the help of Ripples, was able to receive free treatment. With the security of knowing that her health is in-check, Iyabo is able to continue to care for her children to the best of her ability. Ripples USA’s goal is to support women like Iyabo and her family, to guarantee that their futures are not compromised by treatable health conditions.
Many African countries lag behind in a variety of health indicators, such as infant and maternal mortality, poor life expectancy, high disease burden, and deaths from preventable disease conditions. The Ripples USA is one of the organizations that is working to better health outcomes for African people, and we do this through activities like screening services, provision of free medication, etc. In this photo, Opeyemi, a Nigerian woman, is receiving a free diagnosis, free medical consultation from a Ripples medical team. It was revealed that Opeyemi has high blood pressure, one the most common complaints, but with the assistance of Ripples, she was able to receive both a diagnosis and medication, at no financial cost.
Temitope is a six year-old girl with an ear infection, who after meeting with a Ripples doctor, received her treatment, No Consultation fees, no fees for her medicines, and no, her mother doesn’t need to take a loan from a loan-shack either.. Though Temitope was only six, she was immensely grateful for the help she received that day, because it gave her a chance to become healthy again and to live a life unhindered by illness. However, that is not the case for many children today. Currently, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest under-five mortality rate of any region in the world and in 2019, 1 in 13 children in sub-Saharan Africa died before reaching their fifth birthday.1 By helping kids like Temitope, Ripples is actively working to change those statistics, and making sure that children have a fighting chance to achieve their own future dreams.