The Funmi Adewole Foundation sponsored its second medical mission trip to Oyo State, Nigeria from April 25 – May 2. The week-long mission brought healing and hope to many, both physically and spiritually. It was our second visit to the villages of Olosun, Akufo, and Ilaju as well as Ibadan city in southwest Nigeria, which are rural farming communities remote from the city. In these locations, access to care is very limited due to the distance from the urban center and the costs associated with care (travel, clinic and doctors’ fees, medications and treatments, etc.). Given these challenges, the possibility of dental care was far more remote for the villagers.
For this mission, there were 23 American volunteers, including doctors, nurses, and non-medical volunteers. We were also joined by over 50 medical and non-medical volunteers in Nigeria from our mission partner, Vine Branch Church and other organizations that lent support.
The mission provided medical, eye, and dental care to over 2,000 adults and children across the four sites. It was the first one where we were able to provide eye and dental clinics. For dental, the foundation partnered with the University of Ibadan School of Dentistry Community Dentistry program. The dental clinic team included faculty and dental student volunteers from the school.
The local team provided excellent preventive care teaching in the local language everyday to over 2,000 people in total and also performed cavity fillings, cleaning, and extractions for over 200 patients. For most of the people in the communities, the mission was their first time to ever see a dentist and receive care.
The materials donated from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation were invaluable to the work the team was able to do and we are extremely grateful!