100 Days of Dr. Minnie Oseji as National President of MWAN
ACCELERATED PROGRESS FOR MWAN
100 Days of Dr. Minnie Oseji as National President of MWAN
The first One Hundred (100) Days – 14th September to 23rd December 2019 – of the Dr.
Minnie Oseji led National Executive Council of the Medical Women’s Association of
Nigeria witnessed accelerated progress for the Association. Some notable achievements
are outlined below.
SENSITISATION OF MWAN MEMBERS ON MWAN PROGRAMMES
Greater sensitisation of members on MWAN programmes during medical events such as
Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the National Post-graduate Medical College of Nigeria at
Abuja in September, the Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Resident
Doctors at Kaduna in September, National Health Summit organised by the Nigerian Medical
Association at Abuja in November, and the National Executive Council Meeting of the
Nigerian Medical Association at Kano in December.
ENGAGEMENT OF MWAN MEMBERS ON MWAN ACTIVITIES
Greater engagement of members in MWAN activities through the Constitution of 5
Committees and Appointment of three Coordinators namely:
A. Medical Women International Association Near East and Africa Regional Congress
B. Continuous Medical Education Committee
C. Technical Advocacy and Legislative Working Group
D. Editorial Board
E. Constitution Review Committee
F. Research Coordinator
G. PHC Coordinator
H. Elders Coordinator
CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD (IDGC)
Celebration of International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC). This was co-sponsored by the MWAN
National Secretariat by providing funds for the production of Information Education Materials
for three States viz Delta, Oyo and FCT. The activity was carried out by Young Doctors Forum
(YDF) in the 3 states on behalf of MWAN in conjunction with Nigerian Medical Students
Association (NIMSA) in October.
LAUNCH OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS TO HEALTH INFORMATION (WORTHI) PROJECT
Women’s Rights to Health Information (WORTHI) Project was launched in the month of
October (Commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and focused on Breast-self
Examination for Early Detection of Breast Cancer for a period of 6 months. Six States namely
Delta, Kogi, Kebbi, Ogun, Ondo, and Kaduna States met criteria for sponsorship by the
National Secretariat to produce fliers for the project.
On the 19th September, 2019 MWAN National President, Dr. Minnie Oseji paid an advocacy
visit to the NMA President, Dr. Francis Faduyile at the NMA house, Abuja. During the visit, she
stressed the need for transparency in the health sector as well as timely implementation of
resolutions of meetings by relevant stakeholders, particularly Medical Doctors.
Dr. Minnie Oseji and Dr. Vivian Omo-Aghoja, National Publicity Secretary also paid an
advocacy visit on the Director of Immunisation, National Primary Health Care Development
Agency, Dr. Oteri on the 20th September 2019 at the National Polio Emergency Operations
Centre, Asaba. The visit was to initiate partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
Elimination in Nigeria.
The National President, Dr. Minnie Oseji held a Press Conference on 14th October 2019
involving six (6) media outfits to mark the first one month in office. Present at the Conference
was the National Coordinator/Secretary, Dr. Bobola Agbonle and the Assistant National
Secretary, Dr. Uche Okwe. The MWAN 2019 Biennial Conference communique was publicized
and the National President intimated the public of the plans for the Biennium a with emphasis
on Tetanus Toxoid vaccination for all women of child bearing age, and Male involvement in
Maternal and Child Health.
On 18th October 2019, Dr. Minnie Oseji, Dr. Bobola Agbonle and Dr. Yvonne Mabiaku joined
other members of the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Medical Association led by
the President, Dr. Faduyile to pay an advocacy visit to His Excellency the Governor of Delta
State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, as part of the preparation of the National Health
Summit. The National President, Dr. Minnie Oseji was a Guest Speaker at the End of Year
Party of the Asaba Branch of the Idumuje-Unor Patriotic Union of Nigeria on 1st December
2019, where she rolled out Sensitisation on Male Involvement in Maternal and Child Health
(MIMCH). Over 100 fliers on Prostate Cancer, Intimate Partner Violence, Health Insurance,
as well as Male involvement in Reproductive Health were distributed at the event.
PARTICIPATION IN STATE MWAN ACTIVITIES
National President, Dr. Minnie Oseji was invited to the Opening Ceremony of the Annual
MWAN Rivers week held from 9th – 13th October 2019 in Port Harcourt. She attended the
event and gave a presentation on 10th October 2019.
National President was also invited by MWAN Lagos for their Biennial Conference and
Installation of Prof. Francis Ajose as their State President in Lagos. She attended on the 15th
of November 2019 and gave an address. On 16th November 2019, she visited the MWAN
Lagos Well Woman Clinic as well as the Chairman MWAN Board of Trustees, Prof. Oyin
National President was invited by MWAN Delta for their 2019 AGM and Installation of Dr.
Ngozi Nzekwe as their State President in Sapele. She attended on the 29th and 30th of
November 2019 and made two presentations.
MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE 74TH SESSION OF UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
About 10 Medical Women coordinated by Dr. Maureen Umemmuo, MWAN FCT Secretary
represented MWAN on 25th November 2019 at a meeting with the President of the 74th
session of the United Nations General Assembly, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. The
objective was to brainstorm on how to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV).
PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CONFERENCE
Dr. Aisha Umar, MWAN FCT President represented the MWAN National President at the
International Lifestyle Medicine Conference which took place on 29th and 30th November
2019 at State House Auditorium, Aso Presidential Villa, Abuja and presented a goodwill
On 1st December 2019, after Dr. Clarissa Fabre resigned as President of MWIA, Dr. Nwadinobi
became President of MWIA. This is the first time in 100 years that a Nigerian is occupying the
MWAN 1ST NEC MEETING
The first National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of MWAN held on 6 to 7 December 2019
at Aba, Abia State and 20 out of 34 States attended with 48 members present. MWIA
President, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi was a Guest Speaker at the event. The meeting was
preceded by a Medical Outreach and Awareness Creation on Voluntary Blood Donation. Other
highlights of the meeting were:
• Celebration of Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi’s ascension to the position of International
President of MWIA
• Capacity building of delegates on Economic Empowerment of Women for Health,
Stress Management, Domestication of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, and
Responding to Security issues affecting the Nigerian Women
• Advocacy to Abia State Government to give deserving Medical Women
appointments so they can contribute more to development
• Sensitisation on Male Involvement in Maternal and Child Health by encouraging men
i. Support appropriate health care of their wives and children;
ii. Understand and support child spacing;
iii. Consult trained marriage counsellors instead of resorting to violence if one is
experiencing marital disharmony;
iv. Note that sex without consent is rape which is both sinful and criminal;
v. Take care of their health so their can live long to enjoy their families
vi. Observe road safety both as a drivers and passengers.
vii. Stop early marriage of girls before the age of 18 years.
viii. Get health insurance for them and their families;
ix. Prepare for retirement and after life;
x. Ensure adequate appropriation, approval and timely release of funds for
Maternal and Child Health by those in relevant positions.
• Adoption of the best practice of Crowdfunding for raising funds for treatment of
Cancer from MWAN Akwa Ibom State.
• Adoption of best practices of reporting of cases of Violence Against Women and Girls
(VAWG) from MWAN Rivers State. Promotion of the use of the template for
reporting all cases of VAWG that Medical Women nationwide encounter in the
health facilities where we work, as well as the use of the protocol on Rape
Management to ensure that we retain and document sufficient evidence to get
perpetrators convicted, is a very significant contribution of the association to
marking 16 Days of Global Activism against Gender-based Violence in 2019. The
VAWG reporting template is currently being used to document the occurrence of
three cases from Edo, Delta and Sokoto States that have been brought to the
attention of the National Secretariat
• Review of the impact of State Activities using specific reporting templates
• Distribution of appeal letters from National Secretariat for sponsorship of members
to 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March 2020
• Presentation of Signage Plaques to 10 States for their MWAN Adopted Health
• Determination of BMI and BP of registered delegates
• Strategic Photo Shoot
• Dinner and Presentation of Awards
• Dance! Dance! Dance!
J-MWAN EDITORIAL BOARD
The Journal of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (J-MWAN) Editorial Board was reconstituted
at the National Executive Council meeting in Aba, Abia State with Prof. Ifeoma
Okoye as the Editor-in-Chief. J-MWAN will give priority to articles on experimental studies
such as clinical trials. There will also be high consideration for the publishing of presentations
given during the 2019 Biennial Conference and other Scientific Sessions organised by MWAN.
NMA NEC MEETING
MWAN was represented by the National Coordinator/Secretary Dr. Bobola Agbonle at the
National Executive Council Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association which held in Kano
from 8 to 15 December 2019. The Theme of the meeting was Specialization and subspecialization
in Medical Practice: Bridging skills and technology gap in Nigeria.
64TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
MWAN has received approval to host a parallel event titled “Empowering Women, Adolescent
Girls against violent practices, stigma and stereotypes” at the 64th Session of the Commission
on the Status of Women which is taking place in from 9th to 20th March 2020 at the United
Nations, New York. MWAN was granted special consultative status with United Nations (UN)
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2017. The MWAN CSW event will take place on 14
March 2020 by 10:30 am at Church Center for the United Nations, Second Floor.
MWIA REGIONAL CONGRESS FOR NEAR EAST AND AFRICA (NEAR)
MWAN will be hosting the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) NEAR Regional
Congress from 16th to 19th September 2020. MWIA Near East and Africa Congress tagged
“Abuja 2020” with theme Accelerating Universal Health Coverage: Priorities, opportunities
and Challenges will take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Click the link mwan.org.ng/mwianearc2020/ for more details.