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The American Initiative for Health and Wellness in Africa (AIHWA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in the United States. Its original goal was to provide mental health care to millions of Nigerians who only had access to one psychiatrist for every million people. In 2016, AIHWA delegates visited the Transcorp Hilton Abuja in Nigeria to hold a conference with the heads of various health departments, including the honorable minister of Health. The purpose of the conference was to determine the best approach to mental illness in Nigeria without further stigmatizing patients. The team realized that successful implementation of mental health care would require an integrated medical approach since people might have a fear of stigmatization in an exclusive mental health facility. It was decided that an integrated medical clinic would be established at the aihwa Hope Center, near Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Owerri, which would gradually introduce mental and behavioral health services to patients. AIHWA has field offices and an integrated medical clinic in Nigeria as it works to improve healthcare in Africa through its special areas of interest:

 

1. The Patient Prisoner Program. This refers to a situation in which poor patients are detained in African hospitals because they cannot afford to pay their medical bills. AIHWA has partnered with several local hospitals to provide advocacy, financial support, and assistance in releasing these patients from captivity.

 

2. Medical Missions. We bring both locally and internationally trained physicians, along with mental health and social work counselors, to Africa to provide quality integrated healthcare services for both short-term and long-term periods. Our missions have made a positive impact on over 8,000 people in Africa since 2017.

 

3. Counseling/Mental Health. This area of healthcare in Africa has a significant disparity between service demand and supply. AIHWA's objectives culminated in establishing a behavioral and counseling department at the AIHWA Hope Center in Nigeria.

 

4. AIHWA Vision Care in the African Region, approximately 26.3 million individuals suffer from some form of visual impairment, with 20.4 million experiencing low vision and 5.9 million estimated to be completely blind. A staggering 15.3% of the world's blind population is in Africa, where poverty is a major barrier to accessing quality care. The AIHWA's medical clinic has identified several major eye conditions among patients, including cataracts, glaucoma, uncorrected refractive errors, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacities, diabetic retinopathy, trachoma, and onchocerciasis. To address these issues, AIHWA has taken a significant step by establishing aihwa Vision Care at the aihwa medical clinic in Nigeria. The aihwa Vision Care operates a complete eye clinic with various eye care specialists.

Since 2016, AIHWA medical missions have served over 3,300 primary care, eye care and mental health patients in Nigeria.

AIHWA's mission is to provide quality, integrated healthcare in Africa for the body + mind + soul.

Our Mission

AIHWA's mission is to improve the health of under-served Africans by providing integrated healthcare for body + mind + soul.

We do this through:

  • Hope Center: an integrated care facility providing primary care, eye care, and mental health counseling. 

  • Our fight against the patient prisoner program: financial assistance for patients held in Nigerian hospitals because they cannot afford to pay their medical bills 

  • Education: medical conferences and seminars for patients, community, and healthcare providers

  • Medical missions: bringing free integrated medical care to remote locations.

Our Mission
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Our Vision

AIHWA's vision is being able to provide on-going care through Hope Center — the first integrated medical clinic in Africa.

Learn more about Hope Center...

You Can Help

Your support to AIHWA will make a profound difference in the lives of others — patients and medical professionals alike.

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