REPORT ON THE 2018 WORLD HEART DAY CELEBRATION
PRESENTED AT THE MEETING OF THE FEDERATION OF AFRICAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS’ (FAMSA) HEADQUARTERS’ BOARD
VENUE: FAMEWO COMMON ROOM, ALEXANDER BROWN HALL, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, IBADAN
DATE: 1ST OCTOBER, 2018
Mr. Ifeoluwa ODUGUWA
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally. An estimated 17.7 million people died from CVDs in 2015, representing 31% of all global deaths. Over three quarters of CVD deaths occurred in middle- and low-income countries many of which are in Africa.
The 29th of September every year is set aside to raise awareness about the scourge of heart disease and to encourage people all over the world to look after their hearts.
The theme of this year’s campaign was “My Heart, Your Heart.” It involved creating a sense of responsibility and commitment towards the cause of heart health. It represented a challenge to make personal decisions that would benefit every heart “because every heart beat matters.”
The committee therefore set out with the clear vision of inspiring our audience to make personal and impactful promises for the sake of themselves and their loved ones.
The committee comprised the following board members:
• Mr. Ifeoluwa ODUGUWA – Chairman.
• Miss Wuraola RAHMAN – Secretary.
• Miss Roseben ANYANWU
• Miss Frances CHUKWU
• Mr. Abdulbasit FEHINTOLA – Supervisor
• Outreach to the International School Ibadan
• Social media campaign
OUTREACH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IBADAN
The venue was The International School Ibadan (ISI), University of Ibadan. The program held on Saturday 29th September 2018. It started few minutes past 11am and lasted about 2 hours.
150 students from JSS3-SS2 were in attendance together with a female teacher and two male teachers.
The outreach entailed:
• Writing competition on cardiovascular health
• research to assess the knowledge, attitude and perception of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) pre- and post-CPR training among secondary school students and teachers
• health talk on cardiovascular health and diseases
• cardiopulmonary resuscitation training
WRITING COMPETITION ON CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
As a means of generating awareness of cardiovascular health and diseases among the students a writing competition was organised by the committee. The management of the school were given the topic “Write a letter to the minister of health asking him to commit to the cause of heart health and improve access to prevention and treatment options for heart disease.” However only one entry was received. The sole letter will be published on the FAMSA website and the author will be rewarded with a gift.
RESEARCH ON CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION
Questionnaires were administered to the students to assess their knowledge and attitude towards CPR. Pre-test questionnaires were distributed before the CPR training and post-test questionnaires were administered after the students had been trained. The students were encouraged to attempt all the questions.
HEALTH TALK ON CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND DISEASES
The talk was delivered by Dr. Okengwu, a Senior Registrar from the Department of Cardiology, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. It featured a brief introduction on cardiovascular diseases and practical ways by which the students could improve their heart health. The students also had the opportunity of asking questions after the talk and their questions were duly attended to by the doctor.
CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (BASIC LIFE SUPPORT) TRAINING
We requested for four mannequins from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan through the Coordinator of the International Training Center. We were given the Mannequins together with four adult face shields and four adult Ambulatory Manual Bagging Units.
A training was organised for Board members courtesy of the Department of Anaesthesia, UCH in preparation for the outreach. However only four board members were present due to the fact that most of us had tests on that day. Those present were trained on Basic Life Support by Dr. Owoade and were therefore adequately equipped for the outreach.
A brief introduction to CPR was done by Dr. Owoade after which the students were divided into four groups. Training within the groups was facilitated by Board members. Students took turns to demonstrate the technique while their colleagues and facilitators watched.
Leaflets containing information on cardiovascular health were distributed to the students with the hope that they would go on to share the leaflets with their family and friends thereby increasing the impact of the campaign.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
We printed campaign posters from the World Heart Federation website which were distributed to various classes. Board members were tasked with ensuring that the posters were used.
Participation in the campaign was impressive as medical students from different classes assembled in small units to take pictures with the symbol posters and promise cards. The pictures were put up on various social media handles of FAMSA on the world heart day.
An activity guide containing information on how to make use of the social media campaign resources on the World Heart Federation website was created and sent by the administrator to the chairman of the FAMSA Standing Committee on Health and Environment (SCOHE). However no positive outcome was recorded as a result.
In Ibadan, online campaign resources were not used as effectively as the printed posters probably due to the fact that all the clinical classes had tests during the week of the celebration.
The challenges we faced are as follows:
• Lack of funds: Most of the expenditure had to be financed by myself and other board members. This was due to the fact that we did not have sponsors for the project.
• The committee was not large enough: The committee was made up of only three members and a supervisor initially. The fact that Miss Roseben Anyanwu left the board meant most of the burden of the late running around fell on myself and Miss Wuraola Rahman. Although Miss Frances Chukwu was later asked to join the committee there was not much she could do to reduce this burden.
• Slow progress of plans because of distance barrier: Due to the fact that I do not stay on campus, we were not able to meet regularly and this slowed the progress of the project and communication with the supervisor and other directors was also limited.
• The World Heart Day was a Saturday: As a result of this, we were only able to get boarders to attend the event. More students would have been reached if the outreach had held on a weekday.
• Few personnel for the training: This is understandable as most board members had tests on the day of the training.
• Early preparation by future committees is encouraged: This would ensure that future committees are not overwhelmed as the date for the event draws close.
• The committee should include more board members: This would ensure that the work is shared among a larger group of people and this would reduce the burden on each individual.
Items Quantity. Unit Price (₦) Total Cost (₦)
Symbol posters printing 30 100 3000
Promise cards design 1 graphic design 2000 2000
Promise cards printing. 24 120 2880
Leaflets printing 100 90 9000
Refreshment 3 facilitators 400 1200
This was gotten from the donation of five hundred naira (₦500) each by members of the headquarters’ board. 13 board members have paid as at the time of preparing this report and this amounts to six thousand five hundred naira only (₦6500).
I would like to appreciate the immediate past administrator of the board, Mr. Joshua Egbedimame for the opportunity to serve as chairman of the 2018 World Heart Day Planning Committee. I would also like to thank the present administrator for his support and guidance throughout the period of the project.
My sincere appreciation also goes to the Department of Anaesthesia, UCH for providing a facilitator for the CPR training of board members and the secondary school students.
I would also like to thank the Coordinator of the International Training Center, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Ikeoluwa Lagunju for facilitating the release of the training materials to us at no cost.
I would also like to thank the management of the International School Ibadan for granting us the permission to hold the event in their school and going out of their way to ensure that the programme went smoothly.
I would like to sincerely thank all the members of the committee, Miss Wuraola Rahman especially, for her invaluable contributions towards ensuring the success of the event. I would like to specially thank Miss Roseben Anyanwu who continued to work with the committee despite the fact that she was no longer on the board. I would like to thank my supervisor for his support during the planning and execution of the project.
Finally I would like to appreciate all the board members who contributed in one way or the other to the success of the project. Together we were able to impact the lives of these students and as a result edge closer toward our goal of improving health in Africa. Thank you very much.
World heart Day Planning Committee Chairman