About Lady Helen Child Foundation

LHCHF - The Inspiration

LHCHF was incorporated in October 2017 from private financing in memory of Lady Helen Odeka, a devoted healthcare and social worker who dedicated over 50 years of her working life to the care of mothers and children in the western part of Nigeria.


LHCHF was incorporated in October 2017 from private financing in memory of Lady Helen Odeka, a devoted healthcare and social worker who dedicated over 50 years of her working life to the care of mothers and children in the western part of Nigeria. She trained as a teacher initially and was engaged in Christian charity work which exposed her to the plight of nursing mothers and babies. She left teaching and trained as a nurse and midwife. After gaining both qualifications she then embarked on a long meritorious service in the health sector of the western region of Nigeria. She progressed to become a sister and nursing administrator and educator. She advanced the training and quality of the nursing and midwifery service in her own way in the former Western Region and later Old Bendel State of Nigeria.

The foundation founded in her honour is geared towards improving the health outcomes for children and mothers by promoting a strong culture of preventive and quality improvement measures in healthcare provision. This will be advanced by supporting good communication of essential health information, relevant topical research information, conducting relevant seminars in addition to provision of immunization information and directing patients to suitable referral portals for consultations.


  • To improve health outcomes for children by encouraging a culture of informed preventive medical practice and the use of best evidence for Paediatric practice. We are also geared towards lifting the spirit of the Nigerian vulnerable children through on going best medical practice. We are therefore connected to the larger goal of facilitating the development of our future by the improvement of life of children.


    The Lady Helen Core Values are: • Quality Assurance • Integrity • Financial stewardship • Continuous Learning Development • Child Rights Advocacy • Partnership, Commitment and achieving best outcomes for those we support

  • In promotion of excellence, LHCHF will facilitate the use of best equipment and improve continuous professional development with an updated e-learning portal.

Dr. Benjamin Odeka - MBBS DCH MA (health care Law) FRCP (L) FRCPCH

Dr. Benjamin Odeka - MBBS DCH MA (health care Law) FRCP (L) FRCPCH

Director/ Chief Executive and Founder

Dr Benjamin Egware Odeka MBBS DCH MA (health care Law) FRCP (L) FRCPCH – Chief executive and founder of LHCHF is a Consultant in paediatric medicine, paediatric gastroenterology and medical educator, researcher, medical manager and expert in medico-legal paediatrics. His practice of paediatric clinical medicine and management earned him clinical excellence award in the national health service of United Kingdom.

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Born in Nigeria and graduated from the College of medicine of the University of Ibadan in 1980. Studied post graduate paediatrics in England and Scotland and has continued to practise clinical and research paediatrics to date. Studied for his masters degree in health care law from Salford in 2010 to enhance good practice of safeguarding children’s rights and also the regulation of health practitioners. A diplomate of the Royal College of physicians and surgeons of Glasgow 1986, Member Royal College of

Physicians1987, Fellow Royal College of Paediatrics and child health 1994, and Fellow of Royal College of Physicians London 1996. Honorary Senior Lecturer of the University of Manchester and also an examiner in clinical paediatrics of the university and the Royal College of Paediatrics. Has been a research lead for paediatrics and been involved in many research projects and published and reviewed peer journals. He has held senior medical management positions in the health sector. Worked as RCPCH tutor for 2 years, Clinical director for children’s services for 10 years, and medical director for women and children’s service at the Pennine acute trust for 4years. Engaged in the promotion of the quality of child health in clinical research , education with assessment and management of resources. As an advocate for quality and best practise, he has continued to work for the General medical council UK as a performance assessor and also work for the Care quality commission of the UK – inspecting quality/standard of paediatrics provisions in hospitals in the UK.(Professional and clinical advisor) In his desire to provide and promote best practise in paediatrics and honour the memory of his mother Lady Helen Emiatse Odeka, he decided to self fund this foundation from savings to avail children in Nigeria the opportunity of receiving good and evidenced based care irrespective of their financial standing in the society. This he believes will help to bridge the challenges encountered by the majority in getting consistent and good health care support.

Dr Francisca Odeka BSc (Mass Com) Msc (Mass Com.) PhD (Glas) Social Policy

Dr Francisca Odeka BSc (Mass Com) Msc (Mass Com.) PhD (Glas) Social Policy

Director and Foundation Secretary

Dr. Francisca Odeka is the Managing Partner of Frandek International Consulting Limited an affiliate of Lady Helen Child Health Foundation. Dr. Francisca Odeka is a Public Sector Reform Expert especially in the area of Performance Management, Capacity Building, Quality Assurance, Policy Development and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.

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These are skills and expertise that she brings to bear in her role as one of the Directors of Lady Helen Child Health Foundation.

Dr. Odeka is a seasoned consultant with extensive expertise in Capacity Building and Training Delivery, these expertise that she is making use of in all sphere of the Public Sector. Over the years she has worked in collaboration with the Primary Health Care to develop Capacity Building Programmes including Performance Management Tools to support the Sector in its effort to ensure that its employees are working to its optimum. Dr. Odeka is a top management coach; she has attended courses in business management and women entrepreneurship in Harvard Business School. Other areas of expertise are in the area of Human Resource Management, Strategic Leadership, Risk Management and Public Protection. Dr. Odeka who is a trained Mass Communication Expert, returned to Nigeria in 2010 to play her part in the development of the Country. She is passionate about Change in all aspects of the public sector and advocates this through her Change Management Lectures.

Mrs Ufuoma Claire Odeka – Howell M.Pharm

Mrs Ufuoma Claire Odeka – Howell M.Pharm


Ufuoma is a trained pharmacist with a masters degree. A member of the pharmaceutical council Uk  is one of the directors with a very strong ethos for social engagement and humanitarian work. She is a manager under the Tesco pharmacy retail chain in Manchester Uk and previously worked as a Pharmacy retail manager at Boots the chemist UK. She is involved in charity work and a trained sign language teacher.