The Graceland hernia foundation is a zero overhead, non profit sharing humanitarian organisation. We presently operate from an office located at First Graceland Hospitals, lekki, Lagos Nigeria
We create opportunity for the rural farmers/fishermen, the financially challenged and urban slum dwellers to be able to access quality care especially as it relate to their surgical burdens
Graceland Hernia Foundation is the first specialized Hernia foundation in Nigeria. In collaboration with First Graceland Hospitals, the foundation organizes Medical outreach that includes free surgical workshops and seminars especially for the financially challenged, the farmers, local fishermen as well as artisans and petty traders. The Chief Medical Director of First Graceland Hospitals is the precursor of the foundation.
WHO WE ARE:
The Graceland Hernia Foundation [GHF] is an initiative designed essentially to confront the surgical menace of the financially challenged in Nigeria. GHF was established on the 20th of May, 2011 wholly for this reason. We focus majorly on surgery especially the common surgical ailments in our midst that are perfectly operable requiring simple surgical instruments and techniques. We have in our midst consultants and resource persons, in various surgical fields of endeavor, who are our team players and who are always willing to afford us their services at little to no cost to GHF and the patients.
Without doubt there is a pervading poverty in the land and our people are dying for reasons that they need not to. Our people do not need to die for some of these ailments. For non surgical ailments, the financially challenged has alternatives in the traditionalists and the numerous chemist shops that dot the landscapes but as for surgical problems, many die while trying. The government health facilities are poorly staffed and too few to cater for all while the established private ones are unaffordable to them. This is why GHF has been of tremendous benefit to a lot of people including peasant farmers, fishermen and urban slum dwellers.
WHAT WE DO:
Ever since inception, GHF has offered free surgical services to over 300 patients with diverse surgical ailments ranging from the common conditions such as Hernias, Hydroceles, lumps and to cases such as Thyroids, Appendicectomy and fibroids. We have organized about 4 surgical missions all in Lagos State of Nigeria. Plans are on, if we are able to raise the needed resources, to operate every Saturdays at our facility in Abijo, Ibeju-Lekki Lagos.
The cost implications of our programs are no doubt enormous. We do sometimes have to accommodate in excess of 40 volunteer doctors and other paramedical staff and provide for their accommodation, feedings and general well being as well as transportation. We usually get help from from churches, community associations and men of good will which helps us to sustain the program. Sponsorship can come in cash and kind such as hotel accommodation, feeding, and occasionally, we have had sponsorships from drug manufacturing companies who sometimes supply us with free or heavily subsidized medicaments and surgicaments. We regularly update our sponsors on how donated funds and drugs are being managed. This ensures credibility and transparency.
We have on several occasion collaborated with other NGOs with related focus. Of particular significance is ARSPON: Association of rural surgical practitioners of Nigeria, which was under the able leadership of the Late Dr AC Sagua. He was an eminent consultant surgeon with UCH Ibadan. As we speak work is currently ongoing at Ilutitun Basic health center [IBHC], Ondo State for a collaborative free surgery with ARSPON at a later date this year. On this we have reached and assisted Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the past governor of Ondo State to help fix some of the dilapidated surgical equipments at the chosen facility and helped with provision of doctors to help manage the post operative cases when we leave after the fiesta.
Dr. Paul Jesuyajolu is a goal-driven, compassionate and accountable professional with over 25 years of management experience in healthcare setting. An interview with him by Eko city TV sheds more light about the foundation and how to access it.