…As Brave Heart Project Beneficiaries Celebrate, Testify On Gains, Impacts
The Executive Director of the Slum and Rural Health Initiative (SRHIN), Dr. Isaac Olufadewa has stressed the importance of prioritizing mental health across board, but with more emphasis on the more vulnerable members of the society.
Olufadewa stated this recently, at the Brave Heart Information Dissemination Conference, which was held at the prestigious Residency Hotel, Area 11, Garki – Abuja.
Speaking virtually through Zoom, in the presence of several gleeful beneficiaries, Dr. Olufadewa highlighted that the negation and the incomprehensible nature of recent activities which hitherto drew strength from social and economic indices have shown the preponderance of mental health, in the larger essence of society.
L- R: Dr Bodinga Boyiga listens attentively as Dr Maimuna Bashir Tukur stresses a point, during the conference.
He assured the attendees, the different Communities that were present of SRHIN’s unwavering commitment, to continue to directly and positively impact society, particularly the downtrodden.
Those in attendance include Dr. Charlene Sunkel, Founder and CEO of Global Mental Health Peer Network; the traditional Head of the Kuchigoro community, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Wambi, and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ifegwu, an assistant Professor of Economics from the University of Abuja.
Also in attendance were Dr. Boyigo Bodinga of the International Organization for Migration; Dr. Maimuna Bashir and Dr. Ronke Akande of the FCT Primary Healthcare Board, who especially noted the importance of what the non-profit organisation is doing.
Some of the participants at the Conference
“We are excited by the observable, positive and inspiring impact we are making. We will not rest on our oars”, the Executive Director, who was ably represented by the Country Coordinator, Mr. Miracle Adesina stated.
Dr. Olufadewa further discussed the impact of the Brave Heart Projects, the challenges met, and lessons learned, and concluded with noteworthy recommendations.
He expressed deep routed appreciation, to the SRHIN team, for their committed spirit and resilience which ensured that projects are completed within the timeframe and according to set standards.
He also thanked the invited guests for attending and wished he was physically present at the conference.
Offering his professional view, Dr Charlene Sunkel, Founder and CEO of Global Mental Health Peer Network talked about prioritizing mental health and encouraged SRHIN not to relent in her effort in delivering psychosocial support services to the vulnerable population.
The traditional Head of the Kuchigoro Community, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Wambi in his goodwill message could not hide his happiness and appreciation for the achievements of SHRIN and her impact on his community and environment.
He explained that as a Community leader, he would provide an enabling environment for SRHIN; and promised to always give the necessary support to enable her to discharge her activities.
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The Royal father was present from the beginning of the event to the end.
An assistant Professor of Economics from the University of Abuja, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ifegwu,
was also on ground to discuss the impact of mental health on economic growth, particularly as it relates to social media and the youth.
Dr. Boyigo Bodinga of the International Organization for Migration thoroughly discussed ‘Mental Health and Migration’ as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic.
When Dr. Maimuna Bashir and Dr. Ronke Akande of the FCT Primary Healthcare Board both did justice to the issue of Government Policies on Mental Health, its challenges and recommendations.
The well-informed panelists thoroughly beamed desired light of enlightenment for the audience on issues surrounding Mental health, Substance abuse, Stigmatization, and the Way forward.
The high point of the event was when some Brave Heart beneficiaries like Ms. Chimbaka Victoria and Bilikisu Luka came forward, to share their testimonies and the positive impact of SRHIN in their lives.