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MOUKA Sustains Partnership With Lagos, Celebrates First Babies Of The Year Across Nigeria

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Right to Left: Wife of the Lagos state governor, Dr(Mrs) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state commissioner for Health, Dr Akin  Abayomi. MD/CEO Harvey Health Centre and Maternity, Dr Yetunde Sotunde, and Brand Manager Mouka Yemisi Obadina ….during the presentation of gifts items to the first Baby of the year 2022. (Image: Supplied)

Mouka, Nigeria’s foremost manufacturer of mattresses, pillows and other bedding products, has restated its commitment to adding comfort to the lives of Nigerians of all ages, including newborns. One of the initiatives to bring this corporate mission to reality is through the First Baby of The Year Program.

Mouka has continued to run this program consistently in partnership with the Lagos government. At this year’s ceremony, Mouka presented gifts to mothers of the first babies at the Harvey Road Health Center and Maternity, Yaba, Lagos Mainland. At the same time, this same gesture was replicated in other locations in the state, such as Onikan Health Center and Lagos Island Maternity center. Locations outside Lagos were not left out as first babies were celebrated by the brand in Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Imo, Enugu, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau States.  

Items presented by the company to the first births included Dreamtime mattress, Mouka baby mat, baby wipes, diapers and other items of value to the mother and child.

Speaking at the event in Lagos, the wife of Lagos state governor, Dr (Mrs) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwoolu, thanked Mouka for the valuable gift items. And praised the company’s “consistency in adding value to life through quality sleep”.

Other notable personalities present included the Lagos State Commissioner for Health Dr, Akin Abayomi, the MD/CEO of Harvey Health Center and Maternity, Dr Yetunde Sotunde. And other top government functionaries who were part of the Governor’s wife’s entourage.

Commenting on the initiative, the Brand Manager, Mouka, Yemisi Obadina, explained that the priority of Mouka is to continually advocate a healthy sleep culture, especially in children. Adding that the Mouka Dreamtime mattresses are specially designed with children in mind.

According to her, the Dreamtime mattress is water-resistant yet breathable to prevent excessive sweating. Thus, keeping the child’s body cool through the night. It is also made with the right foam density to keep them comfortable while they sleep. Obadina pointed out that quality sleep is associated with healthy physical and cognitive development in children. Which is why the brand associates itself with the worthy programme of the Lagos First Lady to ensure these babies enjoy the gift of quality sleep from birth.

The mother of the first baby at Harvey, Mrs Abdul Ganiyat  Sukurat, expressed profound gratitude to the bedding company for the valuable gesture.

Last year, Mouka also celebrated the first births in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos;  Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun state. And the University College Hospital, Ibadan,  Oyo state to present similar gesture to the first babies of the year.

In over 62 years, Mouka has grown to become Nigeria’s preferred brand in its industry and has maintained its reputation as an innovative trendsetter. Mouka has a wide range of quality products such as the Royal Luxury Pillow Top. Wellbeing orthopedic range of mattresses, Klinic hospital mattresses, Mondeo Plus spring mattresses. And an assortment of pillows to help Nigerians sleep well and wake up refreshed.

 

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Johns Hopkins Faith Adole is Giving Back to Africa

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Johns Hopkins University trained Faith Adole is a healthcare executive and entrepreneur paasionate about healthcare advocacy, public health and inspiring African nurses and midwives to lead in global health settings. In this exclusive with Alaba Ayinuola of Business Africa Online(BAO), Faith talks about her foundation, interventions in Africa and passion for improving healthcare access to underserved communities around the globe. Excerpts.

 

Background

Faith Adole is a trained nurse practitioner, healthcare executive, and entrepreneur. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer and founder of U-VOL Foundation, Inc. A servant leader, Faith is passionate about inspiring African nurses and midwives to lead in global health settings. She is committed to health care advocacy and bridging the gaps in existing health care and wellness needs for less privileged communities throughout the world, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Faith was inspired to start the U-VOL Foundation after volunteering in several international medical outreaches within Africa and seeing firsthand the poor health/hygiene practices, preventable health illnesses and even deaths in many disadvantaged and rural societies. Faith also noticed the existing inequities in Global Health delivery within Africa with a notable lack of Global Health leadership by African women as well as by those within the nursing profession.

As an African in diaspora, and as Nurse Executive with multiple years of field-based experience, Faith brings a fresh and dynamic approach to leading in the Community and Global Health sectors. Faith is currently completing her doctoral studies in Nursing as well as an MBA at Johns Hopkins University.

Inspiration behind U-Vol and what it’s set to achieve

U-VOL Foundation (United Vessels of Love Foundation) is a registered international non-profit healthcare foundation transforming lives one community at a time. Through its mission to help meet the unmet healthcare and wellness needs of vulnerable societies. This is done through medical outreach, health education, WASH and other healthcare sustainability initiatives.

The organization emphasizes love and care for all humanity through its global partnerships, its healthcare initiatives and through healthcare advocacy. U-VOL’s vision is to build dynamic relationships and partnerships with people, communities, and organizations to create global healthcare and wellness initiatives to lessen existing healthcare disparities worldwide.

Recent projects, challenges, funding and impact

Since 2015, Faith alongside U-VOL’s volunteer teams have embarked on successful international medical missions in Nigeria and in South Africa. As well as multiple domestic health and wellness domestic outreaches with the United States.

Under Faith’s leadership, her team has successfully launched a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program (WASH) in Nigeria in 2021. And recently concluded a solar powered clean water borehole project. The recent water project provided a sustainable source of clean water for 1700 people in Obi LGA of Benue State, Nigeria. Before the borehole, residents had zero access to clean water and frequented a local stream within the village called Orowu. Which dries up seasonally and gets contaminated easily during the rainy season as the same water source is used for multiple uses. This intervention will help to lessen the burden of preventable water-borne disease through harnessing a clean and long-lasting energy source. 

Water Project video HERE

U-VOL’s borehole intervention swiftly follows a medical mission in the same Obi community, where a team of medical volunteers treated over 600 people. The recent medical mission and clean water project was powered by volunteers, public and private support, and a local project management team. Through skillful planning, efficient operations, strategic partnerships, thought leadership, and perseverance, Faith has been able to overcome challenges that come from influencing positive change within the African health sector despite various obstacles.

Your view on the health sector in Nigeria and Africa

“The truth is, there is so much opportunity for Africans within the diaspora and for those within the continent to collaborate for long lasting impact and change. I love the saying, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go further, go together’. It’s high time Africans begin to write their own narrative and leverage on the knowledge, skills, resources and influence within the continent as well as in the diaspora. Collaboration and unity will help us move forward. This is because we need both dialogue and action.

We need various stakeholders at multiple levels as well as diversity and inclusion of thoughts and hands. Community development and relief organizations are still relevant and have their place but it will take all of us to truly impact healthcare in the long term, through advocacy, healthcare policy, legislation, research, technology, education development, infrastructure, job creation and through many other avenues.”

Finally, your plans for the year

U-VOL plans to continue expanding its newly launched Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program. Which is targeted at empowering and advocating for vulnerable rural communities throughout various parts of Nigeria. The organisation hopes to help aid both governmental and other NGO efforts to eradicate open defecation, provide health promotion education activities on hygiene and sanitation, and promote the construction of public toilet facilities.

 

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talabat Egypt Partners with Ibrahim Badran Foundation, Facilitate Donations to Healthcare in Remote Villages

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In accordance with its long-term commitment towards benefiting the entire ecosystem and all segments of society, talabat, the region’s leading food delivery and quick commerce company, announced its newest corporate responsibility partnership with Ibrahim Badran Foundation for charitable medical services.

The partnership aims to use tech for good, by facilitating donations through talabat’s platform in order to support Ibrahim Badran’s medical care and treatment services, in addition to equipping and running medical convoys and clinics in remote Egyptian areas. Customers can additionally donate to finance medical examinations, purchase medicine and medical suppliers, as well as contribute to paying for needed surgeries.

Commenting on the partnership, Hadeer Shalaby, Managing Director of talabat Egypt, said: “Doing by our tech for good philosophy, we are proud to be cooperating with Ibrahim Badran Foundation, which has an exceptional track-record of field work in effort to make quality medical care accessible to all communities. As we value the health and wellness of Egyptians, it brings us pride that we are enabling our customers to have an impact on remote communities from the comfort of their homes. We are also hopeful that donations facilitated through our platform will enable the Foundation to continue their on-ground work in areas most in need of high care standards.”

From her side, Ola Ismail, Founder and Chair of Ibrahim Badran Foundation, said: “At IBF, we believe that medical care is a basic human right. That is why our mission resides in providing high-quality healthcare to marginalized communities wherever they may be. Our work is made possible by partnering with organizations such as talabat, who share our goal of achieving better health across the country and using modern technologies for good. Given that our scope at the Foundation revolves around field-work in remote Egyptian areas, we are excited for this partnership to bring us closer to people who share our vision and want to contribute to a better future for healthcare.”

Ibrahim Ahmed Badran Foundation was founded in 2014 by the late doctor Ibrahim Ahmed Badran’s family and friends, who decided to keep his memory alive by creating a foundation under his name, with a vision to reach and treat the less fortunate. Today, the foundation has successfully organized more than 600 medical convoys in 120 villages in 16 Governorates across Egypt, examined more 395,000 patients in rural areas. In those 8 years, the foundation received help from more than 1600 volunteers alongside the support of our medical team who specialize in more than 15 medical specialties and resulted in 1200 life-changing successful surgeries.

 

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Nile University Abuja Becomes Beneficiary Of Mouka Award Of Excellence

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Mouka Memuna Idegwu, Trade Marketing Manager with the Leadership of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja; and Israel A. Anjorin, a beneficiary from the Department of Computer Science; at the Cheque presentation Ceremony to Best Graduating students of the institution’s faculties, recently (Image: Supplied).

As part of the company’s 5th CSR pillar called “Skills For Life”, Mouka birthed this initiative three years ago to recognise and promote academic excellence while advocating the role of quality sleep in the equation.

Okano and Colleagues (2019) showed that longer sleep duration, better sleep quality and greater sleep consistency improved academic performance. This study also revealed that students who deprive themselves of sleep while preparing for exams suffer blackouts while writing the examination itself. Another research also shows that students who sleep well are more ‘likely to develop innovative ways of solving complex issues mathematically than those with sleep deprivation’. Based on these research works and many more, the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy encourages students to prioritise quality sleep.

From Left: Akeem Audu, Senior Brand and Innovation Manager, Mouka; with the Leadership of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja; and Nana Aisha A. Sule, a beneficiary from the Department of Public and International Law; at the Cheque presentation Ceremony to Best Graduating students of the institution’s faculties, recently.

To this end, Mouka has recognised and rewarded the best graduating students from all faculties of the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, with cash grants at the school’s convocation ceremony held recently.

Commenting on the Mouka Award for Excellence initiative, the Company’s Brand Manager, Yemisi Obadina, stated that the scheme, which was flagged off in 2020, is intended to encourage students to strive for academic distinction while also prioritising quality sleep on their Mouka.

Speaking on the initiative, Mouka’s Head of Sales, Oladimeji Alabi, called on other institutions to enroll in the Mouka Award for Excellence program by contacting the company through their customer care lines or Regional Sales Managers.

From Left: Jide Odelola, National Retail Manager, Mouka; with the Leadership of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja; and Aisha O. Adebayo, a beneficiary from the Department of Economics; at the cheque presentation ceremony to Best Graduating Students of the institution’s faculties, recently.

The beneficiaries include Aisha Adebayo from the Department of Economics; Faruk Ladan, from Petroleum and Gas Engineering; Nana Aisha Alhassan Sule, from Public and International Relations; Chidinma Vivan Odoh, Public Administration; and Israel Ayomide Anjorin, from Computer Science

In his commendation speech, the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Osman Nuri Aras, said through their goodwill, Mouka has demonstrated that it cares about the students’ efforts in their quest for a better future and that the grants would support them in achieving their future goals.

 

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