My name is Jeanifer Chinye "Chichi" Uwaechie and I am the founder and the CEO of Partners for a Healthy Africa. As a former foster child, formerly partially blind, and malaria patient, I have walked in the shoes of many of those I seek to impact. As a result of my father's complete blindness, I have dedicated my life to developing an effective nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and healthy living workshops to disadvantaged families in Africa and around the world. My experiences as a manager of student mentors at Rutgers University, an Impact Writer at African Women's Development Fund in Ghana, and Clinical Trials Study Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering has given me the skills needed to effectively develop initiatives to influence the lives of disadvantaged families in Africa, one community at a time.
My passion for adequate healthcare and education is because of my father’s disability. My father has been unable to see me since I was two years old because he became blind as a result of a failed surgical procedure. He had struggled with eye complications, and viewed surgery as the only means to solve his persisting eye problems. Two years after I was born, my father left Nigeria due to the inadequate medical facilities present in the country, and migrated to the United States for help. However, the surgery proved unsuccessful and he became completely blind. If my father had been provided with adequate medical attention while in Nigeria, he may have had the chance to see his family face to face again. My father’s condition has motivated me to become an advocate for affordable healthcare.
In April of 2014, I founded Partners For a Healthy Africa (PahAfrica) to provide a combination of resources and educational workshops to citizens residing in impoverished communities in Africa. My father's disability has been the catalyst for me to dedicate my life to developing an effective nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources and workshops to disadvantaged families in Africa.
In December 2016, PahAfrica in collaboration with Working Fingers, Federal Medical Center, and Eyejusters, will be initiating the Better Eyes for a Better Africa Project and the Malaria House to House Initiative. During these projects, we will be conducting vision screenings for more than 3,000 citizens per community, and malaria house to house visits. We hope that you join forces with Partners for a healthy Africa, Working Fingers, Federal Medical Center, and Eyejusters in seeing to it that more than 3,000 citizens are screened for vision impairment and helping to implement an effective Malaria House to House Initiative.