10 YEARS SO FAR SO GOOD
10 YEARS of good works to the Society
The love for mother and the desire to give back to the society were probably the two core reasons that gave birth to the Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye Foundation (SAOF) in 2008 by Dr. Yinka Oduwaiye, a UK based Medical Practitioner.
His mother, Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye died of breast cancer in 1984 while Yinka Oduwaiye was still at the medical school in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. Dr. Oduwaiye was and still is of the opinion that his mother would have survived if there was early detection and treatment of the disease. Hence, he founded this charity called SAOF to cater for early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer.
At the onset, several options of how to give back to the society and make impact were considered. It was decided that the best option that would impact on the society was to concentrate in rural and suburban areas for maximum effect. This is so obvious in Nigeria given the decay in infrastructure, lack of medical provision for rural folks as well as non-availability of medical personnel. Hence the focus, ab-initio, has been to reach rural folks and others in suburban areas as well as downtown places in large cities.
Thus SAOF has made appreciable impact in churches/mosques, rural hospitals in Agege (Lagos State); lbogun, Alamuku and Kurere (Ogun State); llorin, lgosun, Offa, Erinile, lpee (Kwara State);Ogori (Kogi State); llobi (Edo State) and Ode Omu (Osun State). The desire is to expand to other states in Nigeria in no distant future. In order to achieve this SAOF will however, amongst others, require resources in terms of medical team, support personnel, drugs, equipment, accessories and coordinated logistics.
HOW WE OPERATE: We reach out to the target audience with our presence for physical examination by the medical team who give drugs where appropriate even for other ailments and make referrals to medical institutions for further investigations and treatment. Awareness is also enhanced through lectures, printing and distribution of posters, T-Shirts, banners, leaflets, CDs, VCDs, and relevant film shows.
In the cause of outreach, SAOF has been made to take on additional responsibility of dealing with patients suffering from malaria, typhoid, diabetes and other ailments. The task is enormous. The good news however is that other avenues for assistance are being opened up as Dr. Oduwaiye has launched the initiative to register the SAOF (UK) as well as ensuring that SAOF(USA) is operational.