Founder of Devoted Skies
I have lived in a few places all over the world but nowhere is like where I grew up. Ilewo is a remote outskirt village, deep in the south west region of Nigeria, West Africa. The people are warm, kind and more importantly resilient. There are beautiful tropic tree shades, fire-pits with sweet smelling aroma and colorful fabrics that are done for every joyous and festive occasions. The community of people are unassuming, content and hopeful as they find ways to support their livelihood.
There is also the dilapidated town square, the one major tarred road and river serves both as the swimming pool and source of fresh water (it flows downhill). My hometown like many others lacks basic medical supplies in times of need. These medical supplies can prevent a wound leading to an infection amputation and permanent disability. The availability of medical supplies encourages the people to seek modern medical care without disappointing interruption of care.
This prevailed disappointment comes from high out-of-pocket cost (>70%), having to commute two hours for a medical appointment or the unavailability of skilled healthcare professionals. Despite these changes, this community raised me to who I am today, and I am forever grateful. That said, not all toddlers, children and young adults ate as lucky as me. There are communities like this all over developing countries. Devoted Skies’ effort is to help move emergency care delivery from A to B rather a wholesome infrastructural change (A to Z). Support to show people in rural areas communities all over the world access to modern care matters, support to inspire others to give and further the dialogue on global health care inequity.
Medical supplies, critical to healthcare delivery in the world’s poorest regions will aid in the process of care without having to partake in holistic infrastructure rebuilds.
By critically evaluating the basic needs of patients in these rural communities, we can support in ensuring emergency care is provided before they are triaged to hospitals in metropolitan cities.