Obala Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to devising solutions to healthcare delivery challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. We provide advisory services to government and non-governmental agencies toward developing appropriate strategies to efficiently deliver high quality and cost-effective care. Our primary experience includes rural and urban settings in Nigeria and West Africa.
At Obala, we do not believe in re-inventing the wheel. Hence, we work with local and international agencies already engaged or interested in engaging in our geographic focus areas to maximize the chances of project success and real impact. Our principal strategy is to foster stakeholder partnerships that sustain focus on our core mission.
Our leadership team consists of individuals with extensive experience and nuanced insight to the West African healthcare landscape. We are able to assemble versatile project teams to help design and implement forward looking healthcare delivery strategies and solutions in resource limited settings.
Proof of Concept Study on Resource Mobilization Generates New Knowledge on Undiagnosed Bowel Infections in Nigeria
C. difficile is a serious infection of the bowels that most commonly occurs in hospitals. There is little data on its prevalence in developing countries. We document evidence for C. difficile prevalence in Nigeria using existing human and materials resources. In addition to the new knowledge generated, the study is a frugal practical example of resource mobilization and fundamental knowledge application. An abstract of the study was recently presented at the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series: Malnutrition, Gut-Microbial Interactions and Mucosal Immunity to Vaccines in New Delhi (November 2011). The findings which were also recently published (Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Nov;105(11):667-9) has immediate relevance on how patients with diarrhea in Nigeria are worked-up and treated.