Ekopimo Ibia Foundation

Ekopimo Ibia Foundation Bridging the gap between the underserved and quality healthcare.
In mid-April 2016, Dr. Ekopimo O. Ibia was diagnosed with a rare disease called AL amyloidosis after months of vague symptoms. Unfortunately, the diagnosis came too late for quick and successful treatment. He died on June 14, 2016 having contributed much to the field of regulatory science and positively affected the lives of many in the United States, Nigeria and elsewhere around the world.

Ekopimo Ibia Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to extending Dr. Ibia’s vision and legacy in two ways:

1. Promoting the provision and improvement of basic health services among the underprivileged in the impoverished developing world, beginning in Nigeria

2. Offering health education and supporting medical research in diverse communities in the United States, to bring about early diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases like amyloidosis

3. Increasing mental health awareness in the United States, with an aim to ending the stigma surrounding mental health conditions

With these efforts, the foundation is bridging the gap between the underserved and quality healthcare.

Mental health awareness as provided by the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation is gathering momentum! Dr. Itoro Ibia, who is a board...
02/06/2019
Northern Virginia Ethical Society - SUICIDE: A Growing Public Health Crisis

Mental health awareness as provided by the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation is gathering momentum! Dr. Itoro Ibia, who is a board certified psychiatrist and the executive director of the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation, has been invited by the Northern Virginia Ethical Society to give a mental health awareness talk on suicide prevention on February 24, 2019. Please see the link below for more information regarding the event. Anyone who is interested in attending can send an email to [email protected].

https://www.noves.org/event-3203213

The topic of suicide has been more prominent in the news in the past few years with a new report from the CDC on the increasing rates of suicide. What many people do not know is that many who kill themselves represent people "you'd never expect to struggle upon first glance". Mental health condition...

11/23/2018

Dear all,

Here's a new way to help us raise funds for the foundation: When shopping on Amazon, please use smile.amazon.com and choose Ekopimo Ibia Foundation as the charity you are supporting. Please tell your friends and family.

Thank you,
Ekopimo Ibia Foundation

A Recap of Our Tripto Calabar: Yes, We Did!From November 5 to November 10, 2018, we, the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation, gave t...
11/16/2018

A Recap of Our Trip
to Calabar: Yes, We Did!

From November 5 to November 10, 2018, we, the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation, gave the HPV vaccine to 100 girls aged 9 to 14 in a public school and church gathering in Calabar. They received the vaccine while their parents and teachers were educated about its benefits. We were happy to see that with only our initial outreach efforts and education, approximately 40% of reached parents gave consent for their children to take both doses of the vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is very expensive and therefore not affordable for the average family. The foundation has an ambitious vision of raising enough funds to give this vaccine to the majority of impoverished girls aged 9 to 14 in Southern Nigeria, while continuing its educational and advocacy efforts with parents and the local government. We long for a time when the HPV vaccine will be part of the recommended immunization schedule in Southern Nigeria, starting with Calabar.

HPV vaccination does more than prevent HPV. It is the primary step in cervical cancer prevention. Research shows that cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Nigerian women. 64 out of 100 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Nigeria will die. The burden of cervical cancer in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria, is very high because many are unaware of the fact that cervical cancer can be prevented with vaccination.

We will be returning to Nigeria in the spring to give the second dose of the HPV vaccine to the 100 girls mentioned, and hope to give the vaccine to at least 500 more girls who have signed a consent form. There is no doubt that this is ambitious, but we can do it if everyone reading this post donates at least $100 (the cost of a complete vaccine course for two girls).

Please donate by visiting ibiafoundation.org/donate, or send a check made payable to Ekopimo Ibia Foundation to 1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 215, Reston, VA 20190. Your gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, as Ekopimo Ibia Foundation is a registered charity with the Internal Revenue Service. We’re grateful for your contribution so far.

Taking the HPVVaccine to CalabarEkopimo Ibia Foundation, in keeping with its mission, is planning to offer the human pap...
10/29/2018

Taking the HPV
Vaccine to Calabar

Ekopimo Ibia Foundation, in keeping with its mission, is planning to offer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free to impoverished girls in Calabar.

Each year in Nigeria, 64 out of 100 women diagnosed with cervical cancer will die as a result. HPV infection is the only cause of cervical cancer. 47.7 million Nigerian females are at risk of getting cervical cancer, and only the very rich can afford to vaccinate their daughters—the best way to prevent cervical cancer being to vaccinate girls between the ages of 9 and 14—against the cancer-causing strains of HPV. And some of the very wealthy are unaware of the risks HPV poses.

This offering is our first step toward changing these statistics, making the HPV vaccine more accessible, and increasing awareness of the HPV vaccine’s ability to prevent cervical cancer. We have purchased the vaccine at $50 per complete dose. Our goal is to vaccinate 200 girls as part of our medical mission coming up in November. We have identified local public schools and volunteers willing to help with education as well as getting parental consent.

With all that said, we need your help. You can make a financial contribution through our website at ibiafoundation.org/donate. Monetary aid can also be provided by mail. Simply send a check made payable to Ekopimo Ibia Foundation to our office: 1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 215, Reston, VA 20190. We appreciate your help toward our goal.

source: sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2311300617301490

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08/12/2018

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Impact Often RequiresA Plan and a Little HelpOn June 9, the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation kicked off its monthly fundraising e...
06/20/2018

Impact Often Requires
A Plan and a Little Help

On June 9, the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation kicked off its monthly fundraising effort—in preparation for its next mission in November—by holding its inaugural Bow Tie Charity Gala in Herndon, Virginia. The philanthropic event was attended by approximately 100 friends and family who shared Ekopimo’s love of hanging out with comrades, bow ties, and charitable work. Attendees told stories about how Ekopimo’s life and work affected them personally and professionally, learned a few dance steps from the Nazu African Dance Company, and also listened to several presentations about the plans the foundation has for sowing into the lives of communities in Nigeria and here in the United States.

One of the key highlights of the occasion was a presentation by Dr. Asuquo Inyang, a board member of the foundation. Dr. Inyang discussed the need for the foundation to host and participate in missions, and how without them many impoverished people who need basic medical care never get it. Another board member, Dr. Nsa Henshaw, shared a rendering of a preliminary vision for the foundation’s future efforts to champion the introduction of cervical cancer health education and prevention—using the HPV vaccine. The health burden that is cervical cancer is highest in the countries (including Nigeria) who do not offer the vaccine as part of their adolescent immunization schedule. Ekopimo was a pediatric infectious disease specialist and would have willingly gotten behind these goals.

Even though the foundation is focused on participating and contributing to as many medical missions as possible, it hopes to serve in other capacities. Free physicals and surgeries, dentals, basic ophthalmology and gynecologic services, and health education are a few of the things the foundation hopes to offer moving forward. But that’s not all. Many of the foundation’s plans are very much in the idea phase. These plans include supporting and mentoring minority students in a high school-based physician scientist training program, teaching various communities about rare diseases, and introducing the complex and often overlooked nature of mental health to community and faith-based groups in an attempt to increase awareness and fight its stigma.

Some of the foundation’s ideas will require a lot faith. There is so much good to be done in the world, and everyone affiliated with the foundation is keen on helping it become a catalyst for bringing this good to bear for more than deserving souls in Nigeria and here in the States. Making an impact like this is what Ekopimo spent his life doing, so in his honor, the foundation continues.

If you would like to donate to the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation, please visit ibiafoundation.org/donate.

06/03/2018

A Start at Bringing Mental
Health Education to the Masses

One of the chief goals of the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation is to provide health education regarding a variety of diseases to different communities particularly minority populations, faith-based groups and other community associations. We are starting by providing mental health awareness seminars to some of these community groups. So far, seminars have been offered at three churches and two community groups. These have been very well received and in one instance led to the request for the EIF board president to form an outreach-support group for people suffering from mental health conditions in a local church.

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who is living with some form of mental health condition. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year—that’s one in four adults and one in ten children. People of every race, age, religion or economic status are affected. Ignorance about mental health conditions is rife and needs to be addressed. Mental health awareness through health education is the only way to break down barriers to accessing help and fighting stigma. Anyone may experience mental health problems at every stage of life from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

According to the WHO, this is the single most common cause of disability in young people. In North America, approximately 15 to 20% of adolescents are suffering from some form of mental disorder.

If you belong to a community association or group that would benefit from a mental health awareness talk, please contact the foundation for details.

06/03/2018

A Word from Ekopimo's Son

"There has been a great brain drain of successful Nigerian physicians, lawyers, engineers, and businessmen. Even though Nigerians of my parents’ generation are often skeptical of the change they can effect in Nigeria (and perhaps rightfully so given the entrenched roadblocks in place), I urge all young Nigerians in the diaspora to postulate ways to build a better Nigeria."

[Imikomobong Ekopimo Ibia, M.D.]

03/27/2018

Greetings family and friends,

The foundation's official website is now live! Check it out and let us know what you think.

https://www.ibiafoundation.org/

We will be adding more details, photos, and updates to it as time passes.

Again, we hope that you can join in and support our effort to extend Ekopimo's vision and legacy and do right by the underserved.

Sincerely,

The Ekopimo Ibia Foundation

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03/25/2018

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Chipping Away at the Lackof Primary Healthcare in CalabarFrom November 3 to 11, 2017, representatives of the Ekopimo Ibi...
01/21/2018

Chipping Away at the Lack
of Primary Healthcare in Calabar

From November 3 to 11, 2017, representatives of the Ekopimo Ibia Foundation joined the World Surgical Foundation and the Efik National Association on a medical-surgical mission trip to Calabar, Nigeria.

Foundation representatives were some of the 23 American healthcare workers of various specialties volunteering.

One of the foundation's very dedicated board members, Dr. Asuquo N. Inyang, led the mission. Dr. Ekopimo O. Ibia's wife, Dr. Itoro E. Ibia said of the trip: "Ekopimo would have wanted us to go and do our part to help the very warm people of Calabar who are unable to access healthcare on a regular basis."

Hundreds of patients were diagnosed with, and treated for, ailments ranging from infectious diseases like malaria to complex diseases like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and breast cancer.

Overall, the trip was a major success. As a result, the foundation has already set its sights on its next mission and plans to make health education one of its main focuses. Equipping people with the basic knowledge they need to watch out for themselves will make for earlier diagnoses and ultimately prolong and save lives.

Thank you for your support. More to come.

Sincerely,

The Ekopimo Ibia Foundation

01/20/2018

Greetings family and friends,

We are proud to announce the establishment of a new foundation in honor of our beloved late husband and father, Dr. Ekopimo O. Ibia.

The Ekopimo Ibia Foundation's mission entails bridging the gap between the underserved and quality healthcare. (Please take a moment to read our About page to learn more about the purpose of the foundation.)

This page will serve as a way for us to share what the foundation is up to and keep in touch with supporters.

The foundation's official website is in the works and coming soon.

We hope that you can join in and support our effort to extend his vision and legacy and do right by the underserved.

Respectfully,

The Ibia family

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