Access Bank Retail Banking Team Flags Off 2nd Fibroid Awareness Campaign

Access Bank Retail Banking Team Flags Off 2nd Fibroid Awareness Campaign

Access Bank’s Retail Banking Team is excited to announce its 2nd Fibroid Awareness Campaign across the country as part of its pioneering CSR intervention, Project 111

 

The campaign which runs all through the month of July, 2024, will kick start with a webinar aimed at creating awareness of fibroid among the female populace. And it will be spearheaded by dedicated team members of the bank’s retail group committed to seeing the success of the initiative, against all odds.

 

The Project 111 is a Fibroid focused initiative to treat one woman at a time, change her family, and by extension, generations to follow.

 

Access Bank Retail Banking Team Flags Off 2nd Fibroid Awareness Campaign

 

Uterine leiomyomas or fibroids are benign growths that can be extremely large and cause substantial discomfort, including bright red vaginal bleeding, constipation, bloating, and severe pelvic and low back pain that interferes with women’s daily functioning and child-bearing capability. 

 

The initiative comes on the heels of the general lack of awareness on the part of women as highlighted in key statistics that 70-80% of women will develop fibroid at some point in their lifetime, but only 38% were aware of the available treatment. These statistics emphasize the importance of Project 111, which focuses on creating awareness and support for women who struggle with the issues around fibroid and its effects.

 

According to the Deputy managing Director, Retail, Chizoma Okoli, “At Access Bank, we believe that our responsibility extends beyond banking. We are dedicated to the well-being of our customers and communities. This campaign is a testament to our commitment to supporting women’s health and ensuring they have the information and resources they need to lead healthy lives.

“Project 111 was officially launched in 2022, when we provided more than 100 free fibroid surgeries in five geopolitical zones to directly touch over 4,000 lives, while creating a ripple effect of positive change with over 16,000 impacted lives. 

 

This year, we are raising the bar of this social responsibility, targeting 100,000 women, providing 500 women with free diagnostic tests, and aiding 100 women in need of surgeries. 

 

We have a dedicated website, https://www.accessbankplc.com/sustainable-banking/csr which provides articles on fibroids, information on partner hospitals, as well as up-to-date information for individuals about the initiative”. Okoli concluded.

 

Reiterating Okoli’s comments, Group Head, Consumer Banking, Njideka Esomeju said, “ As part of our kick off activities to flag off the 2nd Fibroid campaign, we will be having a free Fibroid screenings and community health talk across 20 states. We will also have a webinar to listen and address women affected with Fibroids and other related health issues.

 

When we launched in 2022, we had a webinar addressing women affected by fibroids and in efforts to be at the forefront of public support for women’s health in Nigeria, we began the ‘Wear White Campaign’ in July last year during the Fibroid Awareness Month. In this pilot phase, the awareness and education campaign reached 17,266 women across 33 countries, with 156 women given access to proper diagnosis, assessment, and treatment recommendations.

 

You need to hear from our beneficiaries on how they have benefited from the project and the effects it has impacted on their livesSo we invite everyone to join us in this month for this important campaign. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of countless women by spreading knowledge, encouraging early diagnosis, and providing much-needed support”

 

Hannatu Botsha, one of the beneficiaries of the health initiative shared her testimony with newsmen during the launch. In her words,” I have come back with my mouth full of gratitude, I can’t thank this Retail team enough oo. I came across the free fibroid surgery in 2022 and was reluctant to apply because I thought it was for customers only, it took me days to make up my mind and give it a trial. I got a call from Oyindamola Oyebola (one of the staff in the dedicated team)on the 9th of February 2024 to ask if I was still interested in the surgery since she sent a mail I did not respond to. I saw that call as a sign from God because I was bleeding and having pains plus feeling movements in my abdomen. I went to the hospital got all the requirements from them and after a month the doctor called me to come for an all-expense paid surgery by Access Bank Retail team (is God not wonderful?).

 Surgery was done on 29th march which is good Friday for Jesus to die on our behalf, and I came out victorious and clean after all the scary gist I heard about fibroid surgery.

 I have come back with my testimony and gratitude to this wonderful team. God bless you all and may your pockets never run dry IJMN.

“It has been an exciting journey for the Access staff of the Retail Banking team,” said the Project Coordinator Adeola Rojaiye, reflecting on their recent accomplishments. “It gives us immense fulfilment to witness the positive impact we’ve made in the lives of our customers, thanks to our collective efforts and unwavering commitment. For more information on how to participate and be part of this journey please follow us @project_111_official on Instagram and YouTube and visit the Project 111 website at  https://www.accessbankplc.com/sustainable-banking/csr and contact us via email at [email protected] Rojaiye concluded”.