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Obala Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to devising solutions to healthcare delivery challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.  We provide advisory services to government and non-governmental agencies toward developing appropriate strategies to efficiently deliver high quality and cost-effective care.  Our primary experience includes rural and urban settings in Nigeria and West Africa.

At Obala, we do not believe in re-inventing the wheel. Hence, we work with local and international agencies already engaged or interested in engaging in our geographic focus areas to maximize the chances of project success and real impact. Our principal strategy is to foster stakeholder partnerships that sustain focus on our core mission.

Our leadership team consists of individuals with extensive experience and nuanced insight to the West African healthcare landscape.  We are able to assemble versatile project teams to help design and implement forward looking healthcare delivery strategies and solutions in resource limited settings.
Proof of Concept Study on Resource Mobilization Generates New Knowledge on Undiagnosed Bowel Infections in Nigeria

C. difficile is a serious infection of the bowels that most commonly occurs in hospitals. There is little data on its prevalence in developing countries. We document evidence for C. difficile prevalence in Nigeria using existing human and materials resources. In addition to the new knowledge generated, the study is a frugal practical example of resource mobilization and fundamental knowledge application. An abstract of the study was recently presented at the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series: Malnutrition, Gut-Microbial Interactions and Mucosal Immunity to Vaccines in New Delhi (November 2011). The findings which were also recently published (Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Nov;105(11):667-9) has immediate relevance on how patients with diarrhea in Nigeria are worked-up and treated.

   
Update on Lifeline
   

Olanrewaju just returned from a visit with Lifeline in Abuja. Unfortunately while he was visiting the terrible attacks on the UN building there happened. It reinforced the need for emergency care in Abuja and all of Nigeria. Overall the visit was a positive one as Lifeline continues to make strides and Olan was able to serve Obala's mission of providing critical consulting support to our on the ground partners in Nigeria.

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Nigeria's overwhelming need for emergency medical services
Nigeria’s lack of a functional emergency medical system leads to unnecessary loss of lives. As part of our ongoing efforts to address this problem we formally evaluated EMS delivery capacity in 3 Nigerian Cities.   Face
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Telecommunications, an untapped emerging resource
   

Wireless communications explosion has rendered lack of landline communications infrastructure nearly irrelevant. Yet, mobile phones hardly play any roles in health care delivery. One of our core initiatives focuses on harnessing and highlighting the potential of this nascent resource.

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