In Nigeria, very few medical services are free of charge; only 5% of the population is covered by health insurance. There is scepticism about how a universal scheme might operate, given the huge disparities of wealth, and the millions of poor people whose contributions would have to be covered by the state. Therefore, a combination of widespread poverty, poor access to healthcare and low insurance penetration is a recipe for disaster.

Many hospitals are undoubtedly grappling with a genuine financing problem and often find it hard to collect debts from poor patients through normal legal channels. Many more children are at the risk of losing their lives every day.

In emergencies involving children, the distraught parents are asked to deposit a certain amount of money before the children could be treated at the hospital’s ICU.

Parents watch helplessly as their vulnerable children’s health hanging on to life by a fragile thread.  Patients typically die or are held hostage in hospitals because they could not afford hospital bills as little as N10, 000 or less due to the extreme poverty in the country.


The burden of kidney disease in children is felt more in Developing countries like Nigeria where there is no adequate social security system or health insurance to meet the huge financial demand the disease places on its sufferers and their family.  It is estimated that acute kidney Infection (AKI) affects 1-1.7% of hospitalized children and chronic kidney disease (CKD) touches 15-48 children per million.

From available reports, congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) and glomerulonephritis are the two main causes of chronic kidney disease, while infections and glomerular diseases are the leading reasons why paediatric patients develop AKI.

Nigeria’s image of chronic kidney disease is frequently associated with paediatric patients checking into health facilities late, often with barely any kidney function left, no healthcare financing options, and consequently they die before or soon after dialysis.

The Lady Helen Child Health Foundation through the Patient Treatment Assistance Program PTAP is soliciting for donation to support Falalu Maimuna for a weekly Dialysis (3 times in a week). Maimuna requires N320,000 per month for dialysis at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada. To support this child, kindly reach out to the UATH Welfare Initiative Scheme or Contact the Parents Mr. Muhammed Falalu – 0706643063, Mrs. Falalu Hanan – 08102726630.


Nigeria has the highest burden of sickle cell disease (SCD) worldwide; there is still variable and poor utilization of standard-of-care practices for SCD patients in the country. According to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), it is estimated that over 300,000 children are born annually with this disease and over 70% of these births occur in Sub-Saharan Africa where the majority of the children die before the age of 5 years due to either ignorance or poor standard of management.

Nigeria, being the most populous country in Africa, has the highest burden of SCD with an annual infant death of about 100,000 which represents 8% of infant mortality in the country. Children born with Sickle Cell Disease may need special care throughout their life. A lot of people may not understand the daily struggles of raising a child with a significant disability and the challenges parents face with the various systems children are involved in.  

However, the Lady Helen Child Health Foundation through the Patient Treatment Assistance Program has been assisting patients with cancer of the blood/Leukaemia at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and National Hospital Abuja.


Infants and Children are at a greater risk of dying from heart failure, a major new study suggests. Infants born before the 28th week of pregnancy are 17 times more likely to develop the condition than those carried to full-term. While those who entered the world before 31 weeks, where survival is around the 95 per cent mark, were at triple the risk, scientists found.

The study was published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Swedish researchers say it’s because premature babies are exposed to life outside the womb at a time when their organs are not fully ready.

Most of the children affected by congenital heart disease in Nigeria are either referred to foreign countries for cardiac surgery or have their surgery done in Nigeria during periodic cardiac mission by foreign cardiac teams during visits to local hospitals. These teams are usually Non-Governmental Organizations that bring in both human and material resources to undertake cardiac surgery at a subsidized or no cost to patients in the Country. 


Dominion Bankole is a 2 year old child with congenital heart disease and has undergone two major surgeries at age one. This child has been referred to India for urgent heart surgery which will cost N10,000,000 (ten million naira). Dominion Bankole is currently at the National Hospital under the care of Dr. Papka N.Y, Consultant Paediatrician /Paediatric Cardiologist, National Hospital Abuja. The Lady Helen Child Health Foundation on Behalf the Child is soliciting for your donation to assist Dominion Bankole in carrying out the surgery in India.

You can support this child through the Social Welfare National Hospital or contact the parents, Mr. Bamikole Raphael Adekunle – 08066833001 and Mrs. Mercy M. Bamikole 08036737716.

Miracle Greg is a 4 Months old child with heart condition, the child has a hole in his chest and the high rate of heart bit condition requires surgery. The child is currently on oxygen and been kept in the hospital until the accumulated bill is cleared before he can proceed for surgery. His parents are seeking for financial support to assist in clearing the hospital bill and proceed for the Surgery.

You can assist this child with your donation through the National Hospital Social Welfare or contact the parent Mr. Usile Greg – 08067136544, Mrs. Blessing greg – 07082141091.

The LHCHF solicits for your support to assist Ogon Divine a two years old child with a medical history of Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia ALL FAB 2 and suffering from cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The child is currently at the National Hospital and needs the sum of N500,000 for treatment (Platelets concentrate N230,000 drugs N270,000). To support this child with your donation, kindly reach out to the Social Welfare National Hospital or the Parents Mr. Ogon Otonko, 08169049156/07084134555, Mrs. Bisong Vivian Nnayi 08064028344



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