Mar 8th 2017



The annual Yemi Ajose Adeogun Heart Check (YAAHC) programme for the general public is organized in memory of our past president, late Yemi Ajose Adeogun who died in 1995 of a heart attack. A chartered accountant, he was very supportive in the area of training and business development.

In 1998, JCIN Lagos Metropolitan in conjunction with the Nigerian Heart Foundation inaugurated the first YAAHC, and in recognition of its contribution to the community; the Lagos State Ministry of Health and other allied medical and para-medic stakeholders have also collaborated with the chapter to detect covert heart related diseases and provide healthcare to affected persons, giving proper education to unaffected persons on preventive measures. The heart check is free for all.

Pre-event activities:

  1. The local organization selected a community needs analysis team spearheaded by Oluwafunmilayo Adeleye, who is the project director and vice president individual and community.
  2. The team thereafter conducted a community needs analysis of two areas Bariga (2013) and Surulere (2016) local governments as they are areas where the chapter have conducted the YAAHC before and mostly because of the seeming disregard for heart related issues in those areas.
  3. Project team members strategically chose to collect relevant data, collaborative analysis and community stakeholders’ engagement according to JCI Active Citizens Framework.

Why the chapter needed to conduct a heart check project?

  • For JCI as an organization to remain credible within the community.
  • Because of the seeming negligence to heart related issues in these areas.
  • Because the proletarian populace in these area have no easily accessible heart check center.
  • Because the local organization has the support of community leaders/members in these areas.
  • Because the project has immense prospects for sustainability and continuity.

Who initiated the project need analysis?

  • Project team members
  • Community stakeholders affected by the need and working to address it.
  • Active citizens in the community eager to support.

When did the local organization conduct these analyses?

  • The project analysis team began conducting analyses since project approval on January 29th 2016 and began making moves on the areas as soon as we identified that the project had prospects to achieve sustainable impact there.

How did the project team conduct the analyses?

The local organization selected a community needs analysis team spearheaded by Oluwafunmilayo Adeleye, who is the project director and vice president individual and community. After careful deliberation, the team were able to choose Bariga local government as the more challenged community amongst the two; Surulere and Bariga, after conducting a community survey in both areas using questioners to gather peoples attitude and opinions directly.

The predominant challenge arising thereafter was ‘healthcare’, mostly in Bariga. This was in turn presented to the community leaders and stakeholders. Most notable of all was the Baba Oloja of Bariga Market in an interview used to determine the urgency of the problem in Bariga.

The chapter president, the project director and the secretary paid the Baba Oloja a courtesy visit and interviewed him. The interview revealed that the majority of residents in Bariga are not wary of the heart condition and may not even be conversant with healthy diet and fitness regimen required to maintain a stable cardio status, and there are really no special agencies concerned around.

Nothing like a heart check exercise has been conducted for residents of the area before.

The chapter and project team members then put heads together to examine the collected information so far and it was obvious that Bariga local government needs a dedicated health faction that helps ascertain heart health status of residents as a preventive measure to unexpected mortality.

In an area that is predominantly occupied by traders, transport workers, bars, brothels with little or no available recreational facilities and the majority living on junk food creates overarching challenges deeply rooted in lack of health education.

The team thus concluded that; “Too many people in Bariga local government are at the risk of heart related diseases due to inadequate cardiovascular education.”

Actions Taken

After approving the location for project execution through thorough survey, we then negotiated the date of impact i.e. 18th February 2016. We informed our partners and sponsor of the development on date and location. We engaged medical personnel and general JCI members for support and logistics. We carried out another public survey on the project execution, general awareness and publicity on chosen date and location. On the allocated date and venue, project is executed. On that day, a door-to-door publicity was done and at proposed time the project execution commenced. Weight, height, blood pressure, sugar content, overall body organ check, and doctor’s advice and prescriptions were taken and given as the case is. This process is done for all participants in the project free of charge. Active citizens of the community, medical collegiate members and city members collaborated to see the project successful.

What were the objectives of this project?

To detect covert heart related diseases timely, refer professional healthcare to affected persons and properly educate the healthy on preventive measures. The expectation of accessing quality health care for all is not cut short, regardless of community or privilege. The project has great potential for continuity as partnership with governmental and non-governmental agencies are kept pulsing over the years for future projects.

How does the program align with the JCI Plan of Action?

The YAAHC work gives participating members of JCI the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of others. To find out and experience what the world is like for them. To grow bigger than differences and offer a friendly welcome and an outstretched hand to everyone regardless of historical right or wrong. It most importantly gives the youth a platform to create positive and sustainable impact in society.

How does the project advance the JCI Mission and Vision?

The camaraderie developed in collaboration toward this project highlights the strong work relationship amongst local chapter members and their readiness for service to humanity.

How did the members of the chapter benefit from running this project?

The local organisation benefitted from this program by:

1. Impacting lives which is their main objective .

2. Increase in level of partnership amongst themselves and other organisations.

3. More people were aware of the local organisation and JCI as an organisation.

4. Increase in membership drive and people’s positive intention to join the organisation

5. More knowledge about the community

6. More innovative ideas on how to better plan and execute the program in future.

How does the program advance the JCI Vision?

The camaraderie developed in collaboration toward this project highlighted the existing strength of chapter members to make impact and their readiness for service to humanity.

How did the local organization measure community impact?

Impact was majorly measured though the positive feedback gotten from community leaders, important stakeholders and active citizens of the community.

What is the expected long-term impact of the project?

The project is expected to keep on sponging immense publicity and awareness toward JCI as an organization that cares for humanity and the local organization is able to reach out to interested young members of public to become active citizens.

Recommendations to improve results of the project next time?

More enthusiasm from all partnering medical and para-medic bodies would see humanitarian work such as this achieve even higher success in future.

That genuine effort should be made by other chapters and NGO to join for subsequent heart check.


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