ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MERCIFUL CHIKA NWAFOR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

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

" Walking along the street everytime, I see her. With eyes laden with pain and lips sown together with a band of silence, she looks at me and says nothing. I am here for her.The girl-child is counting on me to speak for her. I must not let her down but I need some support and here it is. Being accepted as a Millennium Fellow is one of the best things this year. This is because this platform will help to amplify my voice in the society, provide me with trainings, exposure and mentorship programs that would expand my work. I am pleased to be meeting like-minded youths like me who I would be working with to achieve substantial results. And I am hopeful that Millennium Fellowship will empower me with the values to do more. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Health above all

Project Health for all seeks to address health issues beginning first in both University of Nigeria campuses (UNN and UNEC). This initative seeks to enlighten the students and the public on the need to donate blood voluntarily. It also seeks to build blood banks in both campuses and research on how to get solutions to power issues which is a challenge in building blood banks.

In addition, students at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Enugu campuses are entitled to free medical treatment because of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). However, one needs to go through rigorous processes before one can access this free medical treatment. As a result of this, many students have resulted to self medication which can lead to drug abuse. Project health for all seeks to also address this problem by making the process easier. For decades, the process have been done manually. This had to change because of the ever growing population of students as well as advancement in Technology. Manual registration is no longer feasible. The Millennium Fellows at University of Nigeria want to make this process easier by introducing Technology and innovation in this process by digitalizing the process of enrolling to health insurance.

About the Millennium Fellow

Merciful Nwafor is a student-scientist of the university of Nigeria. Currently a third year student working in the area of medical microbiology and hoping to become a virologist. Aside from her academic work, she volunteers as a girl-child activist at the Shoulder for gender support and development initiative and also a campus ambassador for PHEDGE volunteers. She focuses on helping others rise and representing the vulnerable groups of the society. Chiefly, she is driven by her passion, books, history and the testimonials of the lives she has touched.

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