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School Health Education Empowerment Scheme (S.H.E.E.T.) is an initiative of SMILE With Me Foundation to empower students and children of school age through improving health literacy. We aim to inspire a healthier Africa, one student at a time.

S.M.I.L.E. With Me Volunteers at Junior Model College, Ikorodu

 The World Health Organization promotes school health programs as a strategic means to prevent important health risks among children and adolescents to engage the education sector in efforts to change the behaviour that impact health. There is a gap in the flow of information concerning health in Nigeria and one of the major ways to combat this is to begin at a young age to disseminate information.

One of the ways we intend to do this is by maximizing S.H.E.E.T. to ensure the provision of health education and promotion as well as the provision of health aids to students and schools.

We also include teachers and caregivers in these schools by carrying out screening for non-communicable diseases via blood pressure and random blood checks. We also give them proper education on the right in-school health practices, first aid techniques as well as the availability of a well-equipped school clinic.

Dr. Mariam Toye running blood pressure checks on teachers.

As the S.H.E.E.T. tour progresses, we intend to vaccinate and carry out further health screenings for the students with the consent of their parents and other relevant authority. This project is comprehensive, intended to cut across major aspects of health care.

SMILE With Me Foundation’s S.H.E.E.T. tour kicked off in Lagos on June 13, 2019, at Government Junior Model College, Ikorodu. Our volunteers, along with our founder, Dr Chioma Nwakanma were received by the principal and members of staff of the school and the program commenced at 12 noon with health education.

Cross-section of students of Government Junior Model College, Ikorodu

There were various classes for the students highlighting different health issues. A live-action class providing students with practical ways to administer first aid was carried out by Mr Lola of AID services.

Hand washing lessons with Nurse Aramiposi

A session on the vaccination, citing its importance, was led by Dr Chioma Nwakanma. Nurse Aramiposi taught tthe students handwashing techniques.

Mr. Lola giving a practical lesson on first aid.

Abeke Lawal led a session on mental health, teaching the students about feelings and emotions in relation to their health while drug abuse was dissected by Pharm. Dotun Adegbite.

Menstrual hygiene was also discussed by Dr Chisom Nweke while a practical class on dental hygiene was taken on by Dr Henrietta. S.M.I.L.E with Me Foundation gave dental aids (toothbrushes and toothpaste) to the students.

Dr Collins Akanno and Funbi Oyewole of Diet234, a top clinical nutrition company in Nigeria taught the students the importance of a nutritional diet.

Dr. Henrietta giving lessons on dental hygiene

All sessions in S.H.E.E.T. were highly interactive, as a total of 900 students were involved in discussions and asked questions too. The most interactive students were given prizes, refreshment was distributed and a first aid kit donated to the school to assist with first aid provision for the students.

The S.M.I.L.E. With Me Team

The next school impacted in Lagos was Morit International School, Ajegunle. Situated in one of the most populous rural areas in Lagos, this primary school is known for accepting plastic in lieu of school fees. This is an ingenious way of providing affordable education as well as cleaning and sustaining our environment. S.H.E.E.T at Morit International School took place on June 20, 2019.

Students of Morit International School

The SMILE With Me Foundation team was given a warm reception by the members of staff and the programme kicked off at 11 a.m. with an in-depth class on hand washing techniques by Dr Mariam Toye.

Dr Chisom Nweke interacting with the students while taking her session on child abuse

Dr Ifeanyi Urakpa took a class on first aid with the students. A practical session on basic dental hygiene was handled by Dr Henrietta. A mental health class was carried out by Abeke Lawal while Dr Chisom Nweke led a session on child abuse.

Dr. Chioma Nwakanma, Founder, S.M.I.L.E. With Me Foundation and students of Morit International School

In commemoration of World Sickle Cell Day, which was on the same day, the pupils were enlightened about the condition as well as a catchy, creative song highlighting genotype.

After sessions were done, with over 200 pupils in attendance, the teachers were given free blood pressure checks and the most interactive pupils were rewarded with prizes.

Dr. Mariam Toye running blood pressure checks on the teachers.

SMILE With Me Foundation donated cartons of antibacterial soap and a first aid box to equip them to maintain hygiene and deal with simple emergencies.

The S.H.E.E.T tour by S.M.I.L.E. With Me Foundation has also kicked off in Abia state and we intend to take this all over the country, one school at a time. Our goal is to work with schools to create a health-conscious and foster a well-informed generation.

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Project #CheatOnCervicalCancer 2019.

Cross-section of women screened at Iwaya Primary Health Centre, Yaba, Lagos State.

Wednesday the 13th of February marked another milestone in S.M.I.L.E foundation’s campaign to create awareness about cervical cancer in Nigeria.
The project, which is named #CheatOnCervicalCancer commenced on the 7th of January 2019. The online outreach ran from 7-31st January 2019 with a total of 12 million people reached through all social media platforms. The majority of this number was reached via Twitter.
After weeks of careful planning and preparation, the stage was set for the second phase of the project which were the community outreaches held in Abia and Lagos states. The Lagos state outreach took place at the Primary Health Centre in Iwaya community, and the Abia state outreach took place at Aba South Primary Healthcare Centre.

The Iwaya Primary Health Centre

On the D-day, registration started at 7:30am, and by 8:00am, there were over 200 women present on site in both states for screening. The registration process included taking down basic contact information of the women and giving of number tallies which were consistent with the order of arrival. The information collected during registration included basic contact information like Name, age and sex, as well as information about marital status, whether they were sexually active and how many children they had, if any. This information was used to determine if the women were qualified for screening and also for linking any positive results to risk factors, which is essential in any outreach for referral purposes.

Cross-section of the women waiting to be screened

Registration and Health Education

Next was Health Education in different languages. English language, pidgin English and Yoruba in Lagos; English, pidgin and Igbo language in Abia state. The topics covered during the health education included the importance of cervical cancer screening, the screening procedure and the risk factors associated with cervical cancer. The health education was an interactive one and the health education team was able to answer most of their questions.

The screening commenced at 10:30am and ended at 3pm as planned. There were teams of eager doctors as well as assistants on deck to help with the screening. There were other teams consisting of Doctors, nurses and other medical staff, who counselled the women based on their results and helped with the necessary referrals for further management.

After the screening, about 10 women ranging from 27- 56 years tested positive for cervical cancer and were referred to appropriate treatment centres in Abia and Lagos for re-screening and treatment- which will be based on the stage of the disease. 

Other cervical anomalies discovered included cervical polyps and vaginal prolapse, as well as symptoms indicative of cervical diseases. These included cases of vaginal bleeding and foul-smelling discharge, both of which occurred with weight loss. All these women were referred to tertiary health institutions close to them for follow-up and treatment.

With over 400 women personally screened by us and over 1000 screened and vaccinated by our partners all over Nigeria, the entire outreach was a success. The project has created a ripple effect of health awareness all through the country and beyond.

We thank our amazing volunteers who contributed in all the ways possible to bring our plans to fruition.

The entire S.M.I.L.E team was duly commended by the community leaders and the management and staff of both the Iwaya and Aba South Primary Health Centres and there are plans in motion to collaborate with them permanently. sdpriority29 \l

Some of the volunteers with SMILE founder, Dr Chioma Nwakanma and ADNS Uwah Esther, Head clinician of the Iwaya Primary Health Centre.

We are very grateful to our sponsors whose tremendous support and commitment led to the success of the project. These include our major sponsors: Ark by Cregital, Ayuna health group, Diet234, My medicines, GAMAC Foundation. Our Partners in kind: DKT Nigeria, Tectarii, Zobo Land, Firmcare diagnostics, Hello care, Bey Health, MMDOC, 316 Volunteers, Project Pink Blue, Ouimspire, Drug Medics.

Also our media partners: Doctor’s Magazine, Healthline on radio, PlusTV Africa, Doctor’s Quarters.

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Volunteers posing with ice-cold bottles of Zobo, courtesy of ZoboLand.

Iwaya Women could not resist the 100% sugar-free zobo

Women went home with souvenirs of condoms and educational materials on contraceptive choices, courtesy of DKT international. After all, it was world condom day.

Dr Wale of Doctor’s Magazine NG…. Man wey sabi!

The S.M.I.L.E with me foundation is committed to raising health awareness in Nigeria and Africa, and it will continue to do so through outreaches like these and through social media. For more information, you can reach us on any of our social media handles.

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