ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BABATUNDE ISMAIL BALE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
University of Benin | Benin City, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it gives me a bigger picture of how I can be able to address one of UN SDG which is centered on Good Health and Well-being. It also serves as an avenue for me to hone my leadership skills. In addition, it is an opportunity to network with young leaders all over the world.
My passion for youth improvement and community development has made me seek for platforms that will position me towards increasing the level of awareness on eye health and vision care in my community.
Millennium Fellowship Project: Heal the World
HEAL (Healthy Eyes Awareness Literacy) the World is an awareness campaign for young people between the ages of 10 to 25 years old designed towards the eradication of avoidable blinding diseases in underdeveloped sub-saharan communities. Over 80% of less-developed community dwellers in Africa today suffer from preventable blindness which is totally avoidable. As young change-initiators, one way we have decided to ameliorate this public health challenge is to increase the level of awareness in our society. We believe that this project will bridge the knowledge gap of avoiding blindness. The campaign was created to educate young people on how to eliminate preventable blindness, first aid treatment for eye injuries and how to promote good eye hygiene.
Through our survey, we discovered that less that 25% of young people knew about first aid treatment for eye injuries which is a common cause of preventable blindness among high school students. During the project, we were able to reach out to over 100 students within the specified age range in Benin City to train and enlighten them about their eye health. After the project, more than 90% students were trained and educated on first aid treatment for eye emergencies and how to prevent avoidable blindness.
About the Millennium Fellow
Babatunde Ismail Bale is an Optometry student at University of Benin, Nigeria. He is the founder of The R.E.T.I.N.A Initiative where he educates and screens local community dwellers of their vision and eye health. He has attended to more than 300 individuals in need of eye care services through medical outreaches. He received a Diploma with Distinction from Kwara State Polytechnic, Nigeria. He actively volunteers for causes related to youth and community development especially in primary eye care. He is also currently a United Nations Millennium Fellow of the class 2019