When the parents of a chronically ill child could not afford the N5000 hospital bills and then died within a few days of being admitted, the Health Emergency Initiative (HEI) was born. The HEI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide finances for emergency medical care for indigent and vulnerable Nigerians, especially children and women who otherwise are unable to afford medical care.
With high infant and maternal mortality rates in the region, the HEI steps in to pay hospital bills, making it possible for critically ill children to return to their parents and loved ones. HEI also provides financial assistance to pregnant women towards the payment of hospital bills, as well as short term financial assistance to road accident victims before their families can be reached.
This January the HEI and four other Charities received a N5Million gift from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria following a fund-raising “walkathon” and carnival organized in December 2017. The other charities involved in the fund raising event are the Cerebral Palsy Centre, Destiny Trust Centre, Down’s Syndrome Foundation, and Optimal Children’s Home, all based in Lagos, Nigeria. The PwC is a multinational corporation and the world's second largest professional services firm with its headquarters in London, UK. Uyi Ukpata, a senior partner of PwC and other PwC partners led the five charities and supporters on the 5km walk with the goal of raising funds from staff, alumni and partners of the organization. The HEI and the other charities each received N1 Million each.
Since inception in 2015, the HEI has saved over 200 lives, including victims of roadside accidents. Expressing thanks for the efforts of the organization, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission of Nigeria (FRSC) recently acknowledged that the efforts of the HEI towards saving lives aligns with part of the FRSC's strategic goals, to save lives through the reduction of fatalities by 25%.
To read more on this story, go to:
SUN News: http://sunnewsonline.com/road-safety-commends-hei-for-saving-over-200-accident-victims/
The Vanguard: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/01/pwc-walks-charity/
For further information on the activities of the HEI, visit: http://hei.org.ng.