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PARTICIPATION OF KPAKPANDO FOUNDATION AT THE UNITED NATIONS 10th CONFERENCE OF STATE PARTIES (COSP)

pakpando Foundation for Persons with Disabilities was invited to the United Nations 10th Conference of State Parties{COSP) to the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The event took place from the 12th -16th of June 2017. The Foundation was also invited to Co-sponsor and participate in a side event organized by EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTERNATIONAL.

Mrs. Pat John-Oseh the Executive Director of Kpakpando Foundation who represented the Foundation attended different side events that took place there and also had an exhibition table where information materials and souvenirs of the Foundation were displayed and given to the visitors to the Foundation Table. Kpakpando Foundation participated in the following side events;

  • Nigerian/African Diasporas and Coalition Breaks a Decade Permanent Barriers, placed on
    the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Disability-Inclusive
    Developments/Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organized by the EQUAL RIGHTS
    FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTERNATIONAL
  • Civil Society Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities forum.
  • State Parties 1982 United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea
  • UNICEF Executive Board Side Event
    Nigerians in Diaspora with disabilities

Kpakpando Foundation for Persons with Disabilities arrived at the United Nations Head Quarters on the 12th of June which was the beginning of the Conference and as a result this availed the foundation a rare opportunity to meet with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social AFFAIRS (DESA).

UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS (UN DESA):

Kpakpando Foundation for Persons with Disabilities (KFPWD) through her representative Mrs. Pat John-Oseh attended the UN DESA meeting with two other Nigerian representatives Mrs. Ngozi Pauline Ikebuaku and Chief Eric Ufom (EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTERNATIONAL). The three served as a Nigerian delegation and negotiated the possibility of the UN DESA coming to Nigeria to train Nigerians within different spheres on the Disability Tool Kit and raising awareness for the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Nigeria.

EXHIBITION: In the history of Nigeria and her numerous Non-Governmental Organizations in relations with the Conference of State Parties (COSP). Kpakpando Foundation is the first foundation to ever have an exhibition Table at the UN Headquarters during the 10th COSP. The foundation had her exhibition at "Table 10".

KPAKPANDO FOUNDATION COMBATS CATARACTS IN NIGERIA

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It’s always wonderful to start off a project and have a successful finish, this is the case with our first quarter Health outreach project of 2017 which we began in February and rounded off in April. We took on the eye condition CATARACT. A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. It is the principal cause of blindness in the world. In fact, there are more cases of cataracts worldwide than there are of glaucomamacular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy combined, according to research carried out by Prevent Blindness America (PBA).

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At Kpakpando Foundation we aim to cater to persons with disabilities, regardless of age, ethnicity and disability.

In order to achieve our goal we partnered with the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges Foundation (NTIC).  We traveled with personnel of NTIC foundation to Owerri in Imo state and had a massive screening of over 400 persons. These persons passed through different forms of eye tests to identify what was truly wrong with their vision and if they indeed had cataract. Such tests include:

  1. Visual acuity test.This eye chart test measures how well one can see at various distances.
  2. Dilated eye exam.Drops are placed in the eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. The NTIC professionals used a special magnifying lens to examine the retina and optic nerve of the persons, for signs of damage and other eye problems.
  3. An instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. Numbing eye drops may be applied to the eye for this test.

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On completion of the tests, 19 persons were shortlisted and recommended for cataract surgery by the eye specialists from NTIC foundation. In March of 2017, he first batch of beneficiaries for cataract surgery by Kpakpando Foundation arrived in Abuja from Owerri and went through another set of screening. The medical procedure began and all 7 beneficiaries came out successful. The final Batch of beneficiaries got to Abuja in April of 2017 and went through the same sets of eye screening and surgery. The Medical procedure was a resounding success and we are grateful to God and our friends from NTIC Foundation.

 

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Below is a list of the beneficiaries of the medical procedure organized by Kpakpando Foundation to combat Cataract.
FIRST BATCH  29TH – 31TH MARCH 2017:

Maria Ariole
Theresa Okafor
Victoria Okafor
Chinedu Aninwe
Anthony Ajaesowonu
Clement Ogbuehi
Catherine Izunaso

SECOND BATCH,  12TH APRIL 2017

Ezemgbidi Mathew
Mbachi Dorothy
Onyeaka Elizabeth

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