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Max International in partnership with Special Olympics Nigeria gives back to the society

Max International in partnership with Special Olympics Nigeria gives back to the society

On Saturday 9th February 2019, Max International, took a bold step by joining the ‘Inclusion Revolution’ through their partnership with Special Olympics Nigeria (SO Nigeria). In a Max Gives Back event, the company donated dental and vision equipment to the SO Nigeria Healthy Athletes initiative. This will go a long way in improving access to quality healthcare to people with intellectual disabilities (PWIDs).

The Max Gives Back, was a fun day event for athletes, sponsors, families, and community members present, held at Igbobi College, Lagos state. The event featured unified sports competitions in volleyball, football, and basketball. Each unified team comprised of people with and without intellectual disabilities, including some staff of Max International. The event marked the official handover of the equipment donated by Max international to SO Nigeria, this was spearheaded by the Managing director of Max International, Dr. Augustine Kokukokor, a representative of Special Olympics Africa, Mr. Nana Wereko Ampim and staff of Max International and Special Olympics Nigeria. The Sports manager and Manager, health programs of SO Nigeria appreciated Max International after the unveiling of the equipment. The equipment donated was then used at the venue to screen over 100 athletes present.  Parents and community members were full of gratitude to Max International and the clinical directors including the doctors present who rendered quality healthcare services at the event.

The Healthy Athletes Initiative of SO Nigeria has been changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through various health screenings, treatment and follow-up care in 5 major disciplines – Dental care (Special Smiles), Vision care (Opening eyes), Audiology (Healthy Hearing), Physical Therapy (Fun Fitness), and General Body screening (MedFest).  Over the last thirteen (13) years, the initiative has conducted forty-four (44) screenings to over 9000 athletes in four out of six geopolitical zones in Nigeria- South West, South East, South-South, North Central and North West with the help of 1500 healthcare volunteers.

In the world today, there are more than 200 million people with intellectual disabilities. They are often the most neglected, vulnerable, and marginalized people in every society and culture. In terms of quality healthcare they are the least attended to at medical facilities due to their disability. MAX International has contributed to bridging the gap through their partnership with SO Nigeria and their donations which have impacted the lives of our athletes positively. These equipment has enabled us screen and treat dental and visual illnesses thus preventing dental and visual problems for PWIDs and its escalation to serious dental illness and vision problems such as blindness.

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