Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Health Education and Promotion Through Music
Explain your project in details:
The aim of my project is to reduce the level of ignorance among the general public concerning topical health conditions and preventable diseases using music as an innovative , simple and easily relatable means of communication while passing sound health information , breaking health myths and stereotype and promoting proper health seeking behaviour .My activities in the past 6 months have included the use of my personal instagram handle (@stardocofficial) to release songs that have addressed Diabetes , Hypertension , Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Drug Abuse ,HIV , Kidney Failure, work place hazard and Female Genital Mutilation.I have also been involved in personal medical outreaches to rural communities in my locality where I offered health care services as well as health education at no cost to the rural dwellers
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Following my drug abuse campaign with music, I had a pentazocine drug addict of over 3 years duration reach out to me on Instagram . I took her through the process of drug abuse management and also linked her to support groups . The lady is currently 1 month drug free.My cervical cancer awareness song reached over 5000 people via social media and the result was an increased awareness as well as testing and vaccination among the general public.My kidney failure awareness which was part of my world kidney day activity on 14th March 2019 involved a kidney awareness song, health education on radio (The reach FM owerri) and a medical outreach to rural dwellers in Ngor Okpalla , Imo State Nigeria thereby increasing renal disease awareness among people online and offline as well promoting healthy lifestyles that are kidney protective. My song titled "hello doctor" addressed workplace hazards a doctor faces in the line of duty and was widely played in my place of working (Federal Medical Center Owerri) leading to and increase in the use of sharps box for sharps disposal among my colleagues .My awareness song titled "know your numbers" which musically addressed Hypertension was reposted on Instagram reached out to over 1 million people on social media. It addressed the risk factors as well preventive measures of hypertension and the result was a proper knowledge and better health seeking behaviour among the general public. There was also an increased knowledge of breast self examination by women following my Breast cancer awareness song.
Sustainability and future plans
At the moment my project is self sponsored and funded by me using the money I earn from my job as a medical doctor . This money caters for studio sessions for recording of songs, making of videos as well the purchase of internet bundle for dissemination of information since it is largely social media based . In future , with support and better funding I intend to set up a personal studio as well as employ members of staff which will include - music producer, graphic designer, cinematographer and a public relation officer. With this I will be able to produce higher quality sounds , pictures and videos as well as reach the widest possible audience in my business of health education and promotion through music
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Dr Ibe Chiemezie Chukwuma, I am 28 years old , born on 17th October 1990 to a monogamous family of 4 children. I am the last of my siblings. I grew up in a highly musical environment as i grew up seeing my mother compose songs at home. My elder who was an avid fan of rap music also influenced me music. At the age of 19 I was admitted into the University of Port Harcourt , Nigeria to study medicine and surgery and i graduated in 2017. While in medical school I was greatly disheartened by the high rate of medical ignorance and the high number of preventable deaths in my personal environment. I was also dissatisfied with the complex mode of communication during health education engagements and was inspired to innovative and simple way to educate people and music came in handy. I am multi-talented , creative professional and strong - willed. These characters stand me out and are attributable to my succeses. In 2018, as a house officer at Federal Medical Center Owerri, I was awarded the Best House officer in surgery by the combined board of surgery and orthopaedics as well as the overall best male house officer by the Association of Resident Doctors Owerri. These awards were in recognition of my stellar services as a medical doctor both in the hospital and on social media.