Goodness & Mercy Foundation Completes Nigeria Medical Mission

St. Joseph's/Candler Pharmacist - Heather Hugener-Sheffield (Left) and other volunteers check in patients at the eye clinic.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Pharmacist – Heather Hugener-Sheffield (Left) and other volunteers check in patients at the eye clinic.

About thirty volunteers met on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Goodness & Mercy Foundation office for Packing Day for the Nigeria medical mission.

The volunteers spent hours packing prescription and non-prescription medications, medical supplies and equipment.

The job may seem simple, but it was very detailed because every box had to be weighed and should not exceed 50lbs without an extra charge once the group arrived at the airport on Friday, March 20th, departure day for the 2009 medical mission.

Goodness & Mercy’s founder, Dr. Eugene Nwosu and sixteen volunteers, Twelve from Savannah, one from Atlanta, Georgia, one from Washington, DC, one from Dallas, Texas, and one from Detroit, Michigan, put aside their busy schedules for ten days and traveled at their own expense to Ajalli, Nigeria to treat hundreds of patients who are without medical care.

The group, which included doctors, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, nutritionists, and others, buckled down for what was perhaps one of the most challenging missions ever.

This was the first year that the mission was in March; therefore, and fewer volunteers were able to go because of work schedules.

Most volunteers usually use their summer vacation time.

Another challenge was that some volunteers have children who are in school this time of year, making it even more difficult for them to provide for child care and travel back and forth to school.

This was the foundation’s first time doing the mission without nurses.

Despite these challenges, the statistics were unbelievable: 2659 patients were seen during the March 20-29, 2009 Nigeria mission. 2500 participated in the Health Education and Nutrition sessions, and 16 were trained as Community Health Workers.

Details of these statistics include: Eye Surgery – (Pterygium -39, Cataract – 41); Eyeglass Clinic – 1249; General Surgery – 19; Gynecological Surgery – 7; Gynecology Clinic – 200; Cardiac Echocardiogram – 49; Health Education/Nutrition – 2500; Community Health Workers trained – 16.

Your tax-deductible dollars help Goodness & Mercy Foundation, Inc. help those who cannot help themselves. Again this year, we urge you to support our only fundraiser – our “Hands Across Africa” gala – Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront.

A Silent Auction will begin at 6:00P.M., and the program and dinner will begin at 7:00P.M.Donation is only $75.00. All proceeds will benefit the annual medical missions to Africa.

Again this year, three well-known, dedicated community supporters will serve as our Honorary Chairman and Co-Chairmen for the gala: Honorary Chairman is Mr. Paul Hinchey – CEO St. Joseph’s/Candler. Honorable Mayor Otis S. Johnson and County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis are the Co- Chairmen. Dawn Baker – WTOC-TV Anchor/Reporter will serve as the M.C.

We are looking forward to your support.

For tickets or additional information, please call (912) 232-6048.

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