BlessWorld Foundation International

Affecting the World Through Health
A Global Health Initiative

Archive for August, 2016

Health is influenced and determined by several factors including social, physical, economic and spiritual factors. However, the most common determinants of health are the social factors. Social determinants of health are those factors encompassing our living conditions and experiences that shape our health. These factors gained global recognition and importance in the mid-1800s.
Did you know that social factors such as how much money we have, where we live, our level of education, employment status and work conditions affect our health? These social and to a great extent, economic factors are imposed by the overall quality of life in our communities and societies rather than our personal choices.Social determinants of health have been implicated in the wide health inequalities and disparities experienced within and between countries.

World health organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Simply put, global health is the health of the globe; a state where the world is in complete physical, spiritual, economical, political and social wellness. Global health involves improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. It also means transforming our narrow individual perspectives of health into a much broader view that includes the world around us… populations, environments and countries. As we know, everything affects health… food, water, air, relationships, work, sports and many other things we do daily. Therefore, it is essential that we view health in relation to all the factors that can possibly affect it… a whole view… a global view!

With the world’s population currently at 7.3 billion and projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 by United Nations, it is easy to understand why well-meaning individuals go out of their way to establish charity organizations. These organizations are established with unique visions to serve our ever growing population and changing world in various capacities.

That said, BlessWorld Foundation International (BWFI) is a new charity-based, non- profit organization inspired and established by Dr. Kingsley Nwachukwu, a Canadian-based practicing specialist in psychiatry and a global health practitioner. The organization is primarily located in Canada (110 Blackburn Crescent, Saskatoon SK S7V 1E7) and Nigeria (4 Obunge Street Uronigbe, Ekosodin Benin City, Edo State) and receives electronic correspondence at info@www.blessworldfoundation.com.

The mission of BWFI is to affect the world through health using a broad range of approaches, strategies and activities. Our strategy involves providing community-based programs and services targeted towards helping different communities solve their specific problems and serve their peculiar needs. These programs and services include, but are not limited to Medical tourism through “World Hospital” concept, Advocacy services for the vulnerable, Medical consultation services – real life and virtual (web-based), Research funding, Liaising with government bodies to execute health-related projects, Provision of expert advice on health-related matters, Health education, Health promotion through all avenues such as periodicals, social media, film production, podcasts, and radio networks… more activities can be found at https://www.blessworldfoundation.com/activities/.

The only thing constant about BWFI is POSITIVE CHANGE. Our life-changing activities will show up from time to time, and we encourage participation by all viewers in terms of subscription to keep the work going. Our website https://www.blessworldfoundation.com features a blog section https://www.blessworldfoundation.com/category/blog/ where very important and interesting health topics are discussed and comments are warmly welcome. It is an interactive section and we implore you to join us regularly to read about the hottest health and health-related topics in the world… Remember, knowledge is power! The purpose of the blogs is to educate and empower individuals like you and consequently build a community of well informed citizens who can make accurate health decisions and take control of their health.

We are individual-focused, community-based and research oriented. With regards to research, our interest cuts across a variety of topics including universal health care particularly for vulnerable members of the society, determinants of health and how they shape our daily living, mental health and addictions, depression and other disorders. We conduct and fund various research projects because we believe research is the most effective means of understanding and solving health and social problems. Research is the reason why our life expectancies have increased and in the words of Katherine Dunn, “Prior to penicillin and medical research, death was an everyday occurrence. It was intimate”.

Finally, we encourage individuals, organizations, communities and the government to key into our mission and support our overall goal of ensuring the world is a healthier a safer place… a “BLESSWORLD” indeed.