Zahra Buhari, has signed on to be the brand ambassador of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF).
SCAF is an NGO with a dual mandate, to raise awareness on sickle cell to ensure individuals are able to make informed decisions on their future children and to guarantee that less privileged people with this disorder have access to quality healthcare.
Zahra Buhari is no stranger to this disorder as it affects her close relatives, thus she was excited to support this mission. Speaking on this new development, Zahra said:
“I was impressed with the amount of work SCAF has been doing with so little resources. I also lost a sister three years back due to sickle cell anaemia, so I know what it feels like losing a loved one. Becoming an Ambassador of SCAF is a way to show my support to those suffering from sickle cell anaemia.”
The founder of SCAF, Nkechi Azinge, who was recently awarded by the Queen of England for her philanthropic acts said:
“Zahra is a passionate and committed lady who is keen to lend her support in any way possible. We are certain that Zahra’s involvement will help raise exigent awareness and ensure that more sickle cell sufferers get the help they need.“
Nigerian medical lawyer, Laolu Osanyin, has been appointed as the first African Member of the Board of Governors of the World Association for Medical Law (WAML).
Laolu Osanyin was decorated at the 21st Annual World Congress of the Association which took place at Coimbra, Portugal.
The WAML is the international regulatory association of scholars, researchers and practitioners in the areas of medical and health laws.
The aim of the WAML is to promote the study of the consequences in jurisprudence, legislation and ethics of developments in medicine, health care and related sciences with membership from more than 100 countries. The Association also serves as the Medicolegal Advisory Council to the WHO and International Criminal Court.
At the concluded World Congress on Medical Law, Osanyin presented a paper titled: ‘The Ebola Patient Migration: The Nigerian Medicolegal Perspective.’
The paper highlighted the behind the scene diplomatic, public health and medicolegal issues surrounding the arrival of the Ebola patient, Mr. Patrick Sawyer into Nigeria culminating in the heroic exploits of the Nigerian physicians lead by late Dr. Amayo Adedevo in preventing the spread of the disease by ultimately sacrificing their own lives to save millions of lives from contacting the deadly virus.
As the first African member of the Board of Governors, Laolu Osanyin is expected to drive the growth of medical law in Africa by encouraging and facilitating discussions, protocols and legislations on rights and duties of the medical profession in the field of medical ethics, the advancement of health related technology and also issues of malpractice and medical negligence claims.