THIS IS OUR MEET THE TEAM SERIES! WE’RE EXCITED FOR YOU TO GET TO KNOW US AND LEARN WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.
Introducing: Our Communications Director
Hi everyone! my name is Oluwafemi Segun-Ige but you can call me Femi ! I am a spunky 19 year old who is currently studying Health Sciences with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences at Carleton University and I will be entering my third year this fall. I was born in the beautiful Nigeria and was blessed with the opportunity to move to Canada in the second grade.
For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to the medical field. The thought of being able to help others and to see the physical change from a state of dysfunction to a state of normality fascinated me greatly. When I was in the sixth grade, I watched “Gifted Hands” with several of my aunties and my mom, this film is a biographical television drama based on the true story of Ben Carson, one of the most famous neurosurgeons in the world. Not only did his story inspire me, but it ignited within me a great interest in neurosurgery, I ended up reading various articles and biographies on many neurosurgeons including Alexa Canady.
Alexa Canady was the first black person and the first American woman to become a neurosurgeon, after reading her story and journey I decided that I too would one day become a neurosurgeon and become an inspiration in a field that did not have many people who looked like me. As I got older my determination grew and I began to develop goals that I wanted to achieve once I was in the Medical field and well-versed in my career. One of these goals is to open mobile clinics and air services that would provide sufficient medical services to various areas and communities around the world that have limited access to adequate healthcare due to distance, geographical location, and/or lack of transportation.
This goal began developing after my experience in Guatemala. I witnessed how difficult it was for many individuals to access hospitals, clinics, and other general healthcare due to how far these facilities were and how expensive it was to access the transportation needed. I saw how many individuals who had mild illnesses or diseases that could have been easily treated if medical care was provided immediately, were left in critical and difficult states due to how long it took them to access healthcare. Sometimes they were only able to see a doctor after days of waiting.
I knew that my new goal would require lots of time, effort, investment, experience, and connections with individuals and communities with like-minded goals. So when I first heard about HLH I knew that it was meant to be ! After getting to know HLH I decided to join and was given the great opportunity to write for the organization and to start a blog that would showcase who we are, what we are about, and why we do what we do. It has been an incredible journey so far and although our impacts may seem small at the moment I believe strongly that this organization will change lives and the healthcare of Guatemalan communities. You too can take part in this incredible journey and be inspired to help not only communities near you but also communities that you may have never thought about before.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF THE NATIONS AND THE GENERATIONS TO COME.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
The mission of HLH is to increase accessibility to medications and supplies for healthcare facilities in Guatemala. If you are interested in hearing more about the work we are doing, or in connecting with us, you can visit our website, check out our instagram or facebook, or sign up to receive our newletters. If you would like to support us in our work, please donate here.