“Positively impacting Nigerian healthcare...for good.”

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

WE ARE VOOM FOUNDATION

The Vincent Obioma Ohaju Memorial (VOOM) Foundation was established to raise standard of care and create a sustainable medical institution in Nigeria.

VOOM Foundation was born from the vision of Dr. Vincent Ohaju, Medical Director for Trauma Services at CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan, Texas. Originally from the town of Ihitte, in South Eastern Nigeria, Dr. Ohaju had personally witnessed the effects of inadequate available medical care on friends and family. His father, Vincent Obioma Ohaju passed away in 1983 at the age of 56 due to complications from pulmonary aspiration. A simple procedure such as bronchosocopy readily available in even the smallest hospital in the United States could have prevented his demise.

It was a close and personal reminder to Dr. Ohaju that over 95% of the people in Nigeria live without essential medical services. In 2016 the World Health Organization ranked Nigeria 187 out of 190 countries in healthcare.

The Nigerian healthcare system is poorly developed and suffers from several recent epidemics. Despite Nigerian’s strategic position in Africa, the country is greatly underserved in the healthcare sphere. Health facilities, expertise,  personnel, medical equipment and major diagnostic modalities are inadequate, especially in rural areas.

HISTORY

VOOM HISTORY

We are guided by the following principles:

  1. VOOM Foundation aids populations with medical needs without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
  2. VOOM Foundation observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and demands full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
  3. VOOM Foundation’s volunteers work hard to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic and religious powers.

As volunteers, members are aware of the risks and dangers of the mission they undertake, and have no right to compensation for themselves or their beneficiaries other than that which The VOOM Foundation can afford them.

Dr. Ohaju believes those who can change a desperate situation have an obligation to try.

MISSION

VOOM Foundation’s mission is to provide impartial sustainable healthcare programs dedicated to quality, with a particular interest in supporting the underprivileged and underserved.

VISION

 In the effort to fulfill this mission and continuously improve our programs, the Board of Directors and our volunteers are committed to the following values and principles:

VOOM Foundation will be a state-of-the-science healthcare and health access facilitator for its intended beneficiaries and a learning source for others in the provision of healthcare to patients.

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