Population: 149,229,090 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $2,300 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $50 (Intl $, 2006)
Nigeria is located in Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon. It is the most populous nation in Africa.
Implementing Partner in-Country: Lagos University Teaching Hospital (Dr. Biola Oduwole and colleagues)
International Supporters: Rotary Club of Tallahassee Florida, USA, Rotary District 6940, and Rotary Foundation
Life for a Child Support
Nigeria should have a substantial number of children with diabetes, but the actual numbers in clinics are very low. It is likely that many children and youth are dying due to misdiagnosis or lack of access or affordability to treatment. The children’s diabetes clinic at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) is becoming an example for the country about how care can be organised for these children so they can survive and lead normal lives.
We commenced helping the 15 children and youth seen at LUTH in 2006, and this number has now grown to 31. Dr. Oduwole is also making contact with some hospitals in other Nigerian cities so that the program can expand to help there as well.