Our logo shows a dry and dying tree producing fresh leaves again, with the Medicare sign; this means that with accessible, affordable, dedicated, quality and comprehensive healthcare, our sick and dying generation can become healthy or healthier
About us; Celestial Wellness Foundation (CWF) is a Not for Profit Health oriented Non Governmental Organization established to provide free healthcare for Nigeria’s Citizens and for Children under five years of age as well as provide free Health Screening Services for the general public for early disease detection and timely management interventions towards creating a healthier Nigerian citizenry.
We also support, health education services through Wellness Forums, trainings, workshops and publications.
Goal: To create a healthier, more vibrant and more productive generation of Nigerians where everyone enjoys a good quality of life and contribute efficienly to a better economy through free healthcare and various wellness programs.
- Provision of free healthcare and individualized support services for senior citizens using the Aging in Place (Aging at Home) model.
- Provision of free healthcare for children less than five years of age while also promoting the Child Survival Strategies amongst them.
- Provide free Health Screening Services in the area of HIV, Cholesterol, the Hepatitis (B and C), Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Hypertension, breast, kidney and prostate diseases for the general public.
- Support Health education research and Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities
The quality of life of many seniors in our society is poor. Some of them are sick, lonely, extremely poor and suffer abuse of neglect and discrimination. They are vulnerable to age related diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Osteoarthritis and their complications of stroke, heart diseases and disabilities. Poor eyesight (from cataract and Age related Macular Degeneration), Dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases are more common in the aged. Nigeria has no functional national policy on the care and welfare of older persons. Changing demographics and the breakdown of the family structure and absence of a social security systems presents unique challenges to our elderly cohorts in Nigeria. (Cogent social sciences, vol. 4 2018 issue 1)
Just like everyone else, the elderly are affected by the poor National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) coverage in Nigeria (less than 5%).
Nigeria contributes a large percentage to global under-5 Morbidity and Mortality ranking third highest after India and Pakistan- UNICEF 2017. They still suffer and die from preventable Childhood Killer Diseases as a result of parental illiteracy, poverty, inadequate availability and poor access to quality, affordable and comprehensive Health Care Services. Immunization coverage in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa remains below 80 percent with mortality and morbidity rates at 22% and 17% respectively among the under fives in Nigeria in particular according to recent statistics.
Vaccine Preventable Childhood Killer Diseases like Measles, Diarrhea, Pertusis, Polio, Tuberculosis, and HIV, AIDS and Malaria still kill Children in large numbers.
The ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets ending preventable deaths among newborns and children under five years of age. The goal is for all countries aiming at reducing their Under-five Mortality Rate to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births. 117 member states already met this SDG targets with 56 expected to meet the target by year 2030. Nigeria still has Under-five Mortality Rate around 100 per 1000 live birth according to varying sources including UNICEF, WHO, UN Inter Agency Group and studies across Nigeria.
Most chronic diseases and disabilities we see in our general population occur as a result of lack of awareness of the presence of an underlying risk factor for them in their victims. Many people walk around with undiagnosed uncomplicated Hypertension, Diabetes, Hypercholesterolemia, Heart, Liver and Kidney diseases. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), for example, only begins to manifest symptoms in individuals at about when ninety percent of kidney function has been lost. Some get to know they have Hepatitis B infection for the first time when they begin to develop major complication. The infection might have been present for up to ten or more years before the complication set in. It is also true that most cancers are only diagnosed at the stages when they can no longer be treated because the early and treatable stages are not symptomatic. This is why the diagnosis of cancer is referred to as ‘‘Death Sentence’’ by some. The health seeking behaviors of many Nigerians is poor; routine medical checkup is far from a routine for many making it difficult for diseases to be diagnosed at mild and presymptomatic stages when the readily available and affordable treatments are of proven efficacy. Illiteracy, cost of healthcare, ignorance, fear of the unknown and poverty are largely responsible for this attitude of poor self health concerns.
CWF stands in the gap to promote the health of Nigerians by removing cost, illiteracy, fear and the other obstacles to healthcare. Cost affects the decision of many to seek healthcare even when they need it. This challenge is removed as all of our services are free in every way. CWF’s pioneer clinics, North Central Regional office and headquarter all in one is located in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Future plans include establishment of a Regional Office in the remaining geopolitical zones in Nigeria. States and communities far from or without centers will be reached through planned and targeted periodic medical outreaches which will be organized and carried our by regional office personnel.
Our approach to the care for Senior Citizens is Out-Patient and Home Based Care Otherwise referred to as “Aging in Place” or “Aging at Home” Model where seniors still live with their families and recieve medicare and social support. This is opposed to the institutionalized “Old People’s Home” model. Result of preliminary survey among 500 seniors in Plateau state by CWF reveals 93 percent (465 out of 500)of seniors preferring Aging in Place to aging in Old People’s Home. A similar survey by AARP in America shows that over 90% of seniors also prefer Aging in Place. Free clinical consultation and treatment are offered all seniors that visit our foundation facility with a health challenge. Gym, Massage and Physiotherapy services are available and offered those who require them. Close follow up and treatment monitoring is ensured. Community volunteers are attached to very Senior Citizens who live alone for assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
CWF collaborates with other organizations offering services not provided by her to strengthen its care and support services for her clients. Examples includes centers that manage and treat HIV/AIDS and the Hepatitis.
Free Clinic consultations and management of illnesses hold for Under-five children on Out-Patients basis also. Those requiring In-Patients or specialized care for very complex illnesses are counseled and referred to centers where they would assess such care at affordable cost. Immunization assessments are carried out in under fives in targeted communities. Communities with very low coverage are supported to close the gaps that exist by linkage services to immunization services points and follow up.
Free Health Screening Services are provided for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Cholesterol, Hypertension and Diabetes. Clinical screening is performed for breast and prostate cancers. Those who are screened positive for any of the illnesses are counselled appropriately and referred for treatment where they are provided.
Other packages we offer include;
- General Senior’s Wellness Forum. Quarterly
- Diabetes, Hypertension and obese people’s Support Group/Wellness Forum holds bi-monthly
- Hepatitis Support Group/ Wellness Forum. Bi-Monthly.
- Senior’s Social Club/Hang Out. Annually for now.
- Field work and Community intervention visits hold on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
CWF has an effective and verifiable organizational structure. To view, click here
Our pioneer staff comprise of a crop of passionate and dedicated men and women who demonstrate love for the elderly, the children and all who come to access healthcare at CWF. Our pioneer staff profiles are available on this site.