Dear St David of Wales Parishioners,
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. This work is not always easy, but it is always rewarding, and I depend on your ongoing prayers and any help you can send to help the work continue strong!!
We're really making a difference for the elderly and ill, and also for healthcare providers as we improve the effectiveness of their healthcare model! It's exciting work and YOU, dear parishioners, are a big part of any success we see. I never forget that!
Here are a few pictures from the public lecture I gave at the university on January 31, 2017. The lecture title was "Primary Healthcare in Nigeria: A Case Study of Primary Healthcare Delivery in Isu Local Government Area, Imo State" and it was very well received. The lecture was attended by a large number of the faculty and university community.
Word is spreading! Wonderful improvements in healthcare delivery are beginning to take hold in the understanding and imagination of those who teach and train healthcare professionals at the university here. It is being discussed with more hope and enthusiasm. AND it is possible to see many of these changes in action through our local work... All good!!
Ray O. Chimezie, Ph.D., FRSPH
Author & Fulbright Scholar, parishioner of St. David of Wales on mission in Nigeria
Click here to donate to the foundation. Write me a note below - I read the blog too!! - Dr. Chimezie
The result is the joy people expressed for bringing healthcare to them. People who would not be able to get healthcare due to cost and distance were able to get free healthcare right in their locality without unnecessary pains. Community members were highly excited and loved it. They prayed that I do it again in a short time. The only problem is financial limitations.
Ray O. Chimezie, Ph.D., FRSPH
Author & Fulbright Scholar
Our prayers and donations continue to help Dr. Ray continue to help improve the local healthcare delivery system in Nigeria, eventually saving hundreds of lives. If you want to help out, just click the "Donate Now" button (to the right, above Dr. Ray's photo) to go to his nonprofit foundation page. Our prayers and our donations can help his work a LOT!!! Keep doing good healthcare work in Nigeria, Dr. Ray!!
Dr. Ray Chimezie (parishioner) sent a very exciting update from his work in Nigeria. See slide pictures and his note to us below.
"I have just concluded our health event and here are few photos. Pics show advertising banner, Dr. Chimezie delivering an opening speech at the event while important community leaders and doctors listen, a cross section of participants/patients at a the health education session, and nurses dispensing drugs." — Ray O. Chimezie, Ph.D., FRSPH
Enjoy some pics from Nigeria: convocation at the Federal Univ. of Tech. Owerri and Fulbright conference in Lagos.
Ray O. Chimezie, Ph.D., FRSPH
Author & U.S. Fulbright Scholar
September 16, 2016
(emailed from Nigeria to Fr. John Direen)
Dear Fr. Direen and Parishioners,
Very happy to read from you and glad that you are praying for the success of our mission. Indeed, it is a great mission and one that will bring peace and joy to the people of God here. I have started meeting people for the mission. Last week, I met with nursing mothers at a local health center and we talked about children immunization, and importance of breast feeding. A picture is enclosed.
I will inform you of the details as things begin to unfold. The truth is that people are suffering especially the poor. Feeding is a problem. Hunger is affecting many people due to bad leadership and falling value of the local currency. I had to buy two bags of rice for small community of women to share to feed their families. It was a big relief.
About my university assignment, things are going on well. Two of the graduate students in my course: Advanced Disease Control and Surveillance are medical doctors. I will recruit them to help our mission. Definitely, we will need a little more funding to buy drugs and pay for laboratory test. I will inform you as soon as I finish meeting with local health staff and supporters of our mission. We will only do a little at moment in order to be effective. WE cannot solve all the problems. Little by little we put smile on the face of people.
For you information, I have received through my wife a $100 donation from a parishioner to support our mission. There were a couple of $20 donations totaling $80 I got from parishioners before I left. Please thank them for me.
Once again, thank you for your support. We and the people of Nigeria in Imo State are very grateful with your generosity.
Dr. Raymond Chimezie
Health for Schools & Communities Foundation &
U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria
Note from Fr John
St. David of Wales Parish also gave Dr. Chimezie a check for $1000.00 from the 2nd collection we took in August and from our general account to help with the charitable work he will be doing in Nigeria.
Bay Area resident, educator, and author, Dr. Raymond Chimezie has received a Fulbright award to Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Chimezie, who is a parishioner at St. David of Wales Catholic parish in Richmond, California, and who also belongs to the Bread of Life Prayer Group, sees his award as a commission by Christ to help improve healthcare in Africa. He referenced the scripture, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10: 2), to show that his award is a divine commission.
Dr. Chimezie’s passion for improving people’s access to healthcare led him to found the Health for Schools and Communities Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting health education and access to schools and communities in rural areas.
"By creating and promoting health awareness and improving people’s access to care, deaths and diseases from preventable causes will be seriously minimized," says Dr. Chimezie, who has launched many health education and promotions programs in Richmond, California, and given medical supplies to local health facilities in Nigeria. He hopes that he will get the support of good-spirited individuals, local and international organizations to set up a model health clinic where the poor and under-privileged can access quality healthcare.
Dr. Chimezie, whose passion is to improve health care access to the underserved especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa will be teaching at a university in Nigeria. He will equally conduct research on the introduction of advanced nurse practitioner program in the Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system. He is convinced that the introduction of advanced nursing practice in the Nigerian healthcare system will reduced people’s disease burden caused by their inability to consult a qualified physician when sick.
During the one year period of the award, Dr. Chimezie will be spend a good amount of time working with local communities, collaborating with local health staff, and international non-profit organizations to create health awareness in Nigeria. He will equally teach courses in public health to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Chimezie also plans to work with health professionals who are experienced and passionate about bringing positive social change to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Dr. Chimezie has gained vast experience on Nigeria’s health issues through his doctoral research and many study trips to Nigeria. He is also the author of a ground-breaking book that addressed the serious issues affecting healthcare delivery in Nigeria. His book, Primary Healthcare in Nigeria: Overview, Challenges, and Prospects, provides insight into the fundamental problems affecting healthcare delivery in Nigeria and suggests evidence-based approaches to improving it.
As a Fulbright awardee, Dr. Chimezie intends to use his teaching, research, and community leadership skills to impact lives in Nigeria in a more positive way.
Dr. Raymond Chimezie, PhD.; M.A.Ed., FRSPH
Active parishioner at St David of Wales, 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar and Author, President & Founder of the nonprofit organization: Health for Schools and Communities Foundation (click here) . Read Dr. Chimezie's full bio by clicking on the link below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymond-chimezie-phd-m-a-ed-frsph-0090a944