How OHAI Africa is Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic
As Africa’s leading oral-focus healthcare organization, OHAI Africa is passionately committed to improving patients’ lives by ensuring positive health results.
In addition to primary cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, our partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria and other key partners in the health sector is also responding to health challenges posed by the novel Coronavirus.
COVID-19 has fundamentally reshaped our lives, but even during a pandemic, a baby is born with a cleft every 3 minutes. Where the healthcare system is poorly developed and has suffered several backdrops, especially at the local level with a shortage of workforce, those with clefts have nowhere to go for the treatment they need to eat, speak, and even breathe.
Consequently, as the Coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to spread, it is now more critical than ever to support the healthcare system, the patients and families with compassion and kindness. During these times, OHAI’s top priority remains, as always, the safety and well-being of our beneficiaries, medical partners, volunteers, friends, family, and global supporters.
Our employees and partners have continued to provide services following the protective measures recommended by the World Health Organization, the Federal Ministry of Health, and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
Our agile teams have adapted rapidly and resourcefully to constantly changing conditions. We are adequately supporting our partner hospitals and communities on their unique needs.
Our community mobilizers and volunteers who have been trained on Covid19 prevention are on the ground creating awareness and acting as invaluable resources to their communities.
We appreciate all our passionate and caring partners for their overwhelming support.