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 OKPRO OKEZIMENA IRENE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

University of Benin | Benin City, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1

" I'm honoured and glad to be a part of the 2019 Millennium Fellowship and to be selected to join all those amazing young leaders. I hope to reach out and connect to like minded individuals and also bring awareness on life threatening issues such as poverty elevation and good health. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Unveiling the myth of sickle cell disease

My project aims to educate the general populace on the sickle cell disease, exposing the myth surrounding the disease and the need to check genotype status before marriage especially those that are healthy carriers of the genotype. My project will also reach out to persons whom are carriers of the sickle cell genotype, offer free genotype test to all in attendance and also offer professional counselling to those with AS and SS genotype.

My goal is to raise awareness on sickle cell disease so as to reduce the mortality rate of sickle cell children by creating proper awareness on the disease and the need to check genotype status before marriage. I believe that my project will help to remove some form of myth and stigma associated with the sickle cell disease and help people understand it's cause and how SCD even though may not be treatable, it can be managed.

About the Millennium Fellow

Okezimena Okpro is a final year student at the University of Benin, where she studies Soil Sciences and Land Management. She is passionate about changing her country and the world at large by educating and providing the right information to societal myths. She is also an advocate of environmental activism that address the concerns of environmentalism.

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