ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CHIAZOM JA'ACHIMA EMEZUE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Lagos, College of Medicine | Lagos, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3

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" Creating lasting social impact through well structured programs and enthusiastic community involvement is my driving force. Being a part of the Millennium Fellowship will help hone my strategic planning and community engagement skills.
The leadership skills learnt from this Fellowship will then aid me in creating sustainable change in the field of voluntary blood donations for children in need. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Beating Heart Initiative

Project Beating Heart is an initiative based on SDG 3 passionate about increasing awareness on Voluntary blood donation among adults. It is the brainchild of 3 Millennium fellows- Emezue Chiazom, Ayooluwa Dolapo-Odulana, Osakwe Chicherem. Being medical students in a low-middle income country like Nigeria, we are constantly faced with the problem of blood shortages. This has led to an increase in the number of transfusion related deaths; as blood is important in the management of many medical emergencies. An increase in voluntary blood donations solves this problem. Project Beating Heart Initiative aims to bridge this gap by educating the general populace on the value of voluntary donations, correcting misconceptions and raising awareness on the importance of voluntary donations. This is done by posting educative infographics thrice weekly on our Instagram page @projectbhi_ https://www.instagram.com/p/CUfE1QjtZOe/?utm_medium=copy_link. Informative Broadcast messages as well as posters were also shared via the WhatsApp platform. Our social media campaign which ran for 36 days eventually culminated into a webinar featuring a known blood donation advocate Jude Ossai, where the importance of blood donation was stressed. The webinar held on the 6th of November and ran for 90 minutes on the Zoom platform. A questionnaire was sent before and after the webinar to assess both levels of knowledge and attitude towards voluntary blood donation.

About the Millennium Fellow

Chiazom Ja’achima Emezue is a social innovator with over 5 years experience in civic leadership . She is a change maker passionate about improving access to healthcare for underserved communities. She currently serves as Project Director at Project Ilera, a non-profit committed to bridging healthcare disparities in less privileged communities .In view of her outstanding work as Service Chair for Project Smile Group, a non-profit dedicated to blood availability in hospitals, she was a recipient of the prestigious Rotary Youth Leadership Award in 2018. She is a final year medical student striving to make SDG 3 a reality.