Marjorie Bash Foundation began in 2008 (as ‘Hope Advocacy Nigeria’) and incorporated in 2012 as a non-profit organization with a focus on promoting education, healthcare and community development in Nigeria.
Lead by Dr Kelechi Eguzo, currently president of the Marjorie Bash Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/m.bashfoundation/ ), the project was built in partnership with the Health Development Initiative (HDI), Stand Up To Cancer Foundation (SUCF), Initiative for Public Health Advancement and Research (IPHAR), Breast Without Spot (BWS), and MAN Project Foundation (MPF). Partners contributed in many aspects including- project planning and provided human and material resources to facilitate presentations.
The project had as objectives to teach over 2,000 high school students in Abia State and other parts of Nigeria about cervical cancer and how they might prevent the disease or detect it early. Beginning from 4th February 2018 (World Cancer Day – WCD), the consortium will have teams of health professionals ready to teach about cervix cancer in schools and community organizations. This adventure will end on 29th June 2018.
Many activities took place in participating schools, such as a World Cancer Day lecture, a quiz, an arts exhibition, a Facebook live presentation on the International HPV Awareness Day, an essay and arts competitions for schools in Abia State, and several presentations in schools, churches and community organizations.
IPVS was proud to be a sponsor of this project and to help raise awareness in the region and reach out to a young generation of Nigerian women.
Here is a table of the detailed activities held around the project:
Pictures from each activity can be viewed by clicking on the hyperlink.
|February 4, 2018||World Cancer Day (WCD) events
Inauguration of essay and arts
|500 people||Nlagu, Abia State||MBF, HDI, SUCF|
|February 4||World Cancer Day (WCD) events
|150 people||Port Harcourt, Rivers State||MBF, MPF|
|February 3 – 8||World Cancer Day (WCD) events
Radio talk show at two stations
|Screened 120 women||Enugu, Enugu State||BWS|
|February 5||Community lecture on cervical cancer||85 women||Arochukwu, Abia State||MBF|
|February 15||School presentation at Graceland Schools||200 people||Enugu, Enugu State||BWS|
|February 20||School presentation at Spring of Life Schools||300 people||Enugu, Enugu State||BWS|
|March 4||International HPV Awareness day, Facebook live presentation||123 views||Online||MBF, HDI, SUCF, MPF, BWS|
|March 8||International Women’s Day events, including free screening and advocacy||80 women screened||Enugu, Enugu State||Breast Without Spot|
|March 21||School presentation at Umuocham Girls||180 people||Aba, Abia State||HDI, MBF|
|March 23||School presentation at Aggrey Model School||250 people||Arochukwu, Abia State||MBF|
|March 23||School presentation at ASCETA Dem. School||300 people||Arochukwu, Abia State||MBF|
|March 23||School presentation at MD Akata School||280 people||Arochukwu, Abia State||MBF|
|March 23||National Youth Service Corps, Jos South PET||400 people||Jos, Plateau State||MBF|
|March 23||School presentation at Abayi Girls Sec. School||200 people||Aba, Abia State||MBF, HDI|
|April 21||Community presentation at Christian Pentecostal Mission||50 people||Amangwu, Abia State||MBF|
|April 27||Community presentation to Nurses||320 people||Umuahia, Abia State||MBF|
|May 9||School Presentation to Creative Minds Academy||150 people||Aba, Abia State||MBF, HDI|
|May 11||School Presentation at Divine Will High School||250 people||Aba, Abia State||MBF, HDI|
|May 12||Community Presentation at Christ Church||180 people||Aba, Abia State||MBF, HDI|
|May 16||School presentation at Abayi International School||250 students||Aba, Abia State||MBF, HDI|