Pistis Empowerment Foundation (PEF), a non-governmental organisation set up by The Elevation Church (TEC), is targeting up to 5,000 people for its 2022 Ubomi Medical Outreach, holding from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022 at Mother and Child Centre, Ogombo Road, Ajah, Lagos.
Ubomi is a week-long free surgical and medical outreach that caters to thousands of the under-served members of our community. Since its start in 2019, the outreach has impacted the lives of thousands of economically challenged people and successfully conducted hundreds of free surgeries with a total of more than 15,000 interventions.
Pistis Foundation is a social intervention vehicle of The Elevation Church.
“Many years ago, we realised what faith-based non-for-profit organisations can do to ameliorate the sufferings of the under-privileged. Our response to this gap was to create a special vehicle to cater to the needs of these people, outside the religious sphere with a special focus on Health, Education, and Shelter,” said founder, Godman Akinlabi, who is also the Global Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church.
According to the General Manager, Leonard Thomas, Pistis Foundation’s salient objective in the health focus area is to provide access to quality healthcare for beneficiaries in select target communities.
“Ubomi is targeted at the under-served and under-privileged; those who may not have access to health care or cannot afford it. This year, over 150 registered volunteers including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals will be serving patients.”
During the event, between 4000 to 5000 patients are expected to be attended to, from the target community and neighbouring states. Beneficiaries comprise economically challenged persons with primary health challenges including diabetes, asthma and other chronic non-communicable diseases and secondary health challenges, including patients requiring gynaecologic services, general medicine, obstetrics, and general surgery. This also includes 100 surgeries lined up.
“As a medical practitioner we offer our services to people who can pay,” said Dr. Femi Owagbemi, a volunteer and representative of Pro-Health International (PHI), a non-profit voluntary healthcare organization focused on uplifting the health status of the less privilege and neglected rural populace in Africa.
“Ubomi offers us an opportunity to give back to the society by offering our services to people who cannot pay,” Dr. Owagbemi added.
To ensure the success of the project, Pistis Foundation has partnered with several organisations including Pro-Health International (PHI), Zenera Consulting, the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals, Chi Pharmacy, Fidson Pharmaceuticals, Le Moriah Residences, and Myke Oseh Foundation amongst others.