Our Olympic Styled activity – SCAFlympics infuses sporting activities in its Know Your Genotype Campaign (KYGC) which is carrried out both in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Bwari Area Council. This event is aimed at promoting healthy living within these regions by encouraging healthy inter-district or inter-school (within the Nigerian Law School) competition.
Participants partake in various sporting activities alongside our free genotype and counselling sessions.
Our annual Olympic styled event aimed at encouraging healthy living by encouraging young people to partake in sporting activities, whilst creating awareness to the health challenges of Sickle Cell Disorders. It also presents an opportunity for us to raise funds through sale of SCAF merchandise, vendor spaces and event tickets. The event took place on the 24th of September 2016 at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja. It had a good turnout and the event raised funds for the cause.
c) Nigerian Law School Bwari: SCAF still maintains a team at the Nigerian Law School in Bwari where it was first conceived. This is the 6th year of students raising awareness and funds for sickle cell within the local community. The students successfully carried out their own SCAFlympics, drug drive, and touch of red with the co-operation of the law school administration.
d) Sickle Cell Club Scheme: The SCAF team completed its Sickle cell club handbook to be used to create sickle cell clubs in secondary schools. It was piloted in Ibadan where the senior secondary students are adopting the new curriculum. The book will be officially launched in 2017 and introduced to 20 secondary schools approved by the Federal Ministries of Health and Education, as well as the FCT Secondary Education Board. A National essay competition will also be launched to enhance early knowledge about sickle cell and blood health.
e) Beneficiary Support: SCAF had its largest fundraising for beneficiaries in 2016 in response to the continued requests for financial support for surgeries. The first beneficiary Mofesola Abisagbo needed a bi-lateral hip replacement surgery. The surgery was paid for in two sections at a total of N3.25 million and performed by Nikea Consults at Reddington Hospital in Lagos. Unfortunately, Mofe passed away after the second surgery in November 2016 due to post-surgical complications. The second beneficiary was Hafsat Mohammed who had her right leg amputated due to osteomalayitis of the fermul head. She was also recommended for a hip replacement surgery on the left leg. She needed N5 million to buy a prosthetic leg and potentially undergo a hip replacement procedure, which we were able to raise. We purchased a prosthetic hip for N3.3million and she is currently undergoing physiotherapy, learning how to walk with it. The hip replacement is scheduled for 2017 after she has successfully completed the process. Thirdly, Solomon Ugwu needed a procedure for Chronic osteomyelitis in his right calcaneum which he has successfully undergone at a Camek Orthopaedic Hospital in Abuja. We paid N287,000 in total for his procedure leaving his hip replacement for his right hip outstanding for a total of about N1.5 million due in 2017. The total amount spent on beneficiaries’ surgery in 2016 was Six million eight hundred and thirty-seven thousand naira (N6,837,000).