We remember a Brave Doctor who lost her life fighting on the Frontline.
From HIV/AIDS to Bird Flu to Measles to Ebola and to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and to several other contagious diseases, the world continues to witness countless heroes – emerging daily, putting their lives on the line to save others.
One of these heroes is Nigeria’s own who worked tirelessly to care for those affected by the virus that crept into Nigeria in 2014. Unfortunately, she fell victim to the very illness she was fighting. EBOLA!
The heroic doctor who diagnosed and contained Nigeria’s first case of Ebola in 2014, prevented a major outbreak and saved millions of lives.
Her name – Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh. Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was more than just a doctor, she was a true hero in the face of adversity. Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh dedicated her life to saving mankind.
By way of her selflessness, courage, and unwavering dedication to her patients, these conjoined abilities have inspired a new generation of fronliners to follow in her footsteps.
Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh footprints is not washing off and her legacy – DRASA (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust) has therefore been erected to carry on from where she dropped her medical gadgets on 19 August, 2014.
DRASA Health Trust, a member of the Nigeria Network of NGOs was established in honor and memory of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh in 2015 with the purpose of building a network of health champions who will prevent diseases and save lives through education and training, community engagement, emergency planning, and policy change work.
With the large cases of vulnerable populations across the country, discomfort and sufferings from inadequate hygiene and sanitation, preventable diseases, and a weak health system that cannot deliver quality care or contain public health threats, DRASA Health Trust is actively participating in solving public health challenges, providing solution by building a network of health champions who take responsibility for the health of the common man and improving healthy behaviors, and building a safer, healthier country.
Part of what DRASA is doing to effect their mission is to train, and equip health workers, students, and border health/security officials on proper hygiene and sanitation, controlling infections, and the detection and management of public health emergencies. In addition, DRASA has supported the government to create, review and adopt health policies, guidelines and procedures and disseminating targeted health information to improve knowledge and change the behaviors of children, religious leaders and community leaders.
Currently working in ten states of the Federation, DRASA’s technical program areas include:
* Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Ensuring safe and proper use of effective medications totreat infections and diseases.
* Infection Prevention and Control (IPC): Identifying and stopping the spread of preventable infections in hospitals and communities
* Health Security and Emergency Preparedness: Building people and systems to protect and minimize the impact of events that endanger health across our borders and region
* Community Health and Hygiene: Promoting good health and hygiene activities and behaviors especially in vulnerable communities.
COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS include:
* Trained 4,019 clinical and non-clinical health workers.
* Supported development of 21infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines and SOPs
* Assessed construction and set up of 39 isolation and quarantine facilities
* Prepared 1,803 personnel from religious, nonprofit, education, hospitality and aviation sectors as they resumed operations post-lockdown.
DRASA IN NUMBERS:
51,645 – Beneficiaries engaged through capacity building programs
31,845 – Items of personal protective equipment (PPE) distributed
9,118 – Clinical and non-clinical health workers trained
30 -Nigerian states reached
10 – Countries reached
In recognition of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s role and sacrifice in containing the first case of the West African Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in Nigeria, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (OON), received the first Africa CDC-DRASA Health Trust Continental Award for Emergency Health Workers – 2022.
* National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Posthumous Award and National Honor of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) conferred by President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) – 2022.
* Public Advocacy in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control – 2021.
* Antibiotic Guardian Award – 2020.
* ECOWAS Posthumous Award of Excellence – 2019.
* Lagos University Teaching Hospital Inaugural Amity Award – 2017.
Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust envisions a healthy society supported by a network of health champions who are equipped to detect, prevent and contain infections and manage public health emergencies.