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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.



University of Ilorin | Ilorin, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 9


" I'm always super excited by whatever helps in my personal development. I applied for this program once in d past and I'm super glad that I am eventually chosen now. I believe this is one of the best platform to get to relate with wonderful youths with bright minds and learn from them. The fact that we'll also have to work together on certain projects excites me, to say the least and I am so eager to get right on the job with fellows from whom I can get beneficial knowledge and share mine too. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Community Health Foundation

Community Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organization geared toward identifying and proffering workable and sustainable solutions to the preventable causes of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria through community health needs survey, health advocacy, awareness campaigns, repurposing of traditional birth attendants, medical outreaches and volunteerisms. These activities are well in line with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals especially goal 3 which is to “ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”.
The overall goal of the project is to put mechanism in place to accelerate the decline of maternal and child mortality in Ilorin, Kwara state. Specific goals of this project are: to reach out to 200 pregnant & nursing women and 400 children under-5 in five different communities(within a year) in Ilorin, Kwara state with vital and life-saving health information; Assessing the prevailing threat to maternal and child health in the communities; Providing medical screening for common maternal and childhood diseases like malaria, diarrhoea, preeclampsia etc.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES: Greater than 50% decrease in occurrence of malaria in beneficiary communities, Greater than 70% decrease in reported cases of diarrheal diseases in beneficiaries, Reduced maternal mortality ratio to 70 per 100,000 live births/ <1%, Increased usage of the Primary health Centers for antenatal, delivery and postnatal care, Significant decrease in cases of malnutrition, Overall reduction in Infant Mortality Ratio and Under-5 Mortality Ratio.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR: maternal mortality rate from PHCs, TBAs and CHEWs, infant mortality rate and under 5 mortality rate, reported cases of malaria, reported cases of diarrheal diseases or its epidemic, antenatal, delivery and postnatal care, maintenance, usage and sustainability of constructed projects.
STRATEGY: a)Educative:The foundation will hold a community sensitization and awareness campaigns focused on maternal and child health. The people will be educated on the diseases, how to prevent them and when to seek medical attention. B)Preventive: This includes registering mothers for health insurance & inculcating antenatal care habit, environmental sanitation, Water treatment, Mosquito nets and ORS distribution, distribution of delivery pack, Covering of latrines, etc c)Interventive:Our intervention will be all round: diagnosing and offering free treatment for certain illnesses e.g malaria, ensuring the community members are equipped with adequate health information while also offering referral and counselling services.
BUDGET: The project is estimated to cost us $2500 to reach out to 5 communities in a year which when broken down, is equivalent to $500 per community

What has been done so far?
1) Organising health education program for children and mothers (total beneficiaries were 90 people) in oke-ose, Ilorin
2) Medical outreach for children and mothers (total beneficiaries were 252) in oke-ose, Ilorin
3) Volunteerism at the primary health center (still ongoing)

MONITORING AND EVALUATION: To ensure efficient and effective implementation, regular joint monitoring and evaluation visits will take place with the active participation of all key stakeholders including the beneficiary communities and local government officers. This hasn't started because the project is still ongoing.

About the Millennium Fellow

Habiba Erinfolami is a medical student of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. She is a highly innovative and resourceful humanitarian who quickly identifies and tries to resolve challenging health-related situations in local communities.
She is a young lady who is focused on implementing highly effective interventions to promote health and she volunteers in numerous medical outreach programs.
She is currently the financial secretary of their student association where she introduced a startup initiative to promote entrepreneurship among he medical students as she is an entrepreneur herself; She is a baker who is also into organic agriculture.

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