International Women’s Day: EDWIIN ORGANISES FIRST FREE HEALTH CARE EVENT FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES
By John Eche
In line with its focus on seeking innovative solutions to the challenges confronting women living with disabilities in the society, the not-for-profit organization, Empathy Driven Women International Initiative (EDWIIN) has put together a special health clinic for women with disabilities.
The event,”WELLCARE2018,” will take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Thursday, March 8, 2018, being International Women’s Day.
The unique event will bring together medical personnel and EDWIIN volunteers and other experts who will attend to specific medical conditions afflicting the women.
The specific areas of medical focus include screening for breast and cervical cancer and eye examinations for prescription glasses.
The event will also feature a talk on women’s health that is designed to empower the participating women with improved knowledge that would help them take better care of their health by more rapidly observing possibly problematic changes in their body and moving on to secure even quicker medical action.
Beyond the healthcare component of the package, participants will also get various gift items that include lace and other fabrics as well as provisions.
Speaking on the forthcoming event, Founder of EDWIIN, Uri Ngozichukwuka who recently gave a Tedx Talk on women and disability stressed that the event has been put together as a practical demonstration of the organisation’s determination to support women with disabilities in sustainable ways and also continue to engage in high profile advocacy for their cause.
In her words: “through this event, which is the very first in the country for women living with disabilities, EDWIIN is also showing appreciation to its many project volunteers who have proven over time that they are so purpose-driven, enthusiastic and ready to give of themselves without expecting virtually anything in return. Living and working with disabilities is not easy and the work being done by EDWIIN volunteers equally sets the organisation apart as one of a few that is really interested in promoting the spirit and practice of volunteering in the country.”
Continuing, she also remarked that it is her hope that ‘more members of the public and organizations will be more responsive to the cause of EDWIIN and also be disabilities-friendly overall.
It will be recalled that in December, 2017, EDWIIN had organized her first ‘celebration of charities,’ an award event that recognized the phenomenal contributions of several outstanding men and women that are doing great work in the disability community, with the theme “Arresting Disabilities.“
Nigeria’s Health Minister, Prof Isaac Adewole