In the daily lives of many people in the West, Africa is often regarded as a little more than the place on a map. Perhaps unlike any other region of the world, Africa is viewed in two starkly different realms: it is seen either as the birthplace of man, a land filled with rich cultures, languages, and traditions or it is treated solely as a continent bereft with seemingly incurable diseases and socio-economic peril. Despite this disparity, it is clear that in spite of the beauty found in the people, artifacts, and wildlife of Africa, a vast number of Africans are not living storybook lives. Overlapping problems such as poverty and hunger have a long documented history in Africa; coupling these issues with the AIDS pandemic, the severity of the plight of a growing multitude of people becomes even more pronounced.
Sadly, millions of our fellow world citizens are suffering from all sorts of ailments and afflictions, a vast majority because they lack access to the quality of medical facilities found in other countries or available to the more fortunate among us. In Nigeria for example, countless thousands endure the agony and social stigma that accompanies physical deformities and life threatening illnesses caused in due part to the harshness of life in their respective towns and villages. It is not uncommon to see children who develop certain physical, mental, or neurological problems that either go unnoticed or untreated throughout their entire lives. Babies suffering from symptoms like chronic diarrhea due to dehydration because simple IV drips are not readily available. Some women who gave birth via caesarian-section are living with their uteruses sewn to their lower torsos by wire. They are now deprived of the joy of giving birth to new life and continue to suffer from the emotional and physical anguish of a practice that borders on being torture.
All these stories are real and they are not rarities but normal occurrences. Tragedy is something that strikes African nations like Nigeria all too often, but with the help of the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation, we have the opportunity to save thousands of lives that may have never had the chance otherwise. With the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation and your assistance, struggling Nigerians will have one less battle to face on a daily basis.