14 Jun ArOY Health Campaign: OCI Foundation considers a statewide “ArOY Campaign Schools Challenge” in Anambra State; Holds Zoom Meeting with stakeholders (From 12/6/2021)
Discussions have commenced for the possible introduction of a statewide quiz competition that will help boost engagement with the OCI Foundation’s Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign in Anambra State (the first in Nigeria to roll out the ArOY program). The contest, to be called the “ArOY Campaign Schools Challenge, (Anambra)“, is expected to commence around November/December of every year, starting from 2021. The Grande Finale will hold on (or around) February the 4th of every year, which will coincide with the annual commemoration of the Global World Cancer Day.
Meeting 1: Virtual (Zoom Meeting; June 12th, 2021): The Zoom meeting was attended by A/Prof Chris Ifediora (the Founder and President of the OCI Foundation) and Mrs Imelda Emeka (the OCI Foundation’s Domestic Liaison Officer). Representatives of the Anambra State Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), which is the body in charge of senior secondary school education in the State, were also in attendance. they included Mrs Euchariah Illikah and Mrs Sabina Ndigwe. Mrs Vivian Onyekwelu of the PPSSC (Otuocha Zone) is also a member of the planning committee of the contest, which will be expanded ahead of the program commencement. Details and schedules of the contest will be published soon.
Meeting 2: Physical (PPSSC Headquarters, Awka, Nigeria; June 25th, 2021): The second meeting a physical one, attended by Mrs Imelda Emeka (the OCI Foundation’s Domestic Liaison Officer), Mrs Euchariah Illikah,Mrs Sabina Ndigwe and Mrs Vivian Onyekwelu.
The OCI Foundation’s ArOY Health Campaign has been a huge success across Anambra State. It is an anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer initiative that introduced the relevant teachings and assessments into the curriculum of all the 261 public senior secondary schools in Anambra State back in September 2019. A preliminary analysis of a 12-month evaluation study of the program has shown a significant impact, and is due for publication soon. All of Nigeria’s 36 states, and the FCT, are expected to benefit before the end of 2025.