- Category: News and Events
- Published on 28 May 2015
Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and impairs vision which in many occasions progress to total blindness. Glaucoma affects people of all ages, and is the second major cause of blindness globally after cataract and can neither be prevented nor cured medically. Medical researchers are yet to discover the aetiology of glaucoma which holds the key to its curability and possible prevention. However, medical advice encourages people to go for test as early detection may not prevent it but will certainly help in its management pending the discovery of total cure. It is an eye disease often described as "slow finisher" due to its tardily but steadily degenerative nature to the optic nerve of the eye.
Everybody is at the risk of glaucoma but some people have higher risk than others. The simple question is, why are some people at higher risk than others? Those who have higher risk of glaucoma are African people, the elderly who are 60 and above, heavy users of computer, people with disease conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, progressive myopia, low thyroid function and users of corticosteroids (asthma and arthritis patients). According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, over 60 million people currently have glaucoma worldwide. The causes of glaucoma have not been established which have triggered some unverified reports that it could be genetic. Whatever the cause, some of the symptoms have been established which among other things include eye pain, headache, cloudy or foggy vision, poor night vision and peripheral vision loss.
Based on emphasis medical researchers have placed on the early detection, Sir Emeka Offor, through his foundation, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation SEOF, have entered into sponsorship agreement with University of Mainz in Germany where he has contributed over £250, 000 to the Department of Ophthalmology of same University. This partnership funding is to help the research for its causes, the cure and its early detection especially as it has been established that no fewer than 4.5 million Nigerians live with this malaise. He is not just committing his finance to the research, he is making sure that massive campaign and free testing is administered to Nigerian populace soon. Major breakthrough of this funding will come when the aetiology of glaucoma is fully discovered and understood.
What then is the aetiology of glaucoma? Aetiology of Glaucoma is simply the root cause of glaucoma as a disease while glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease triggered by improper protein metabolism rooted in poor gut function. Poor digestion of protein due to low stomach acids deprives the central nervous system (brain, nerves, spinal cord and the eyes) amino acids and other key nutrients needed for production of neurotransmitters to conduct nerve impulses. The central nervous system degenerates and malfunctions without adequate protein in absorbable form.
Liver produces 80 per cent of amino acids needed by the central nervous system to work efficiently but its dysfunction makes this impossible. Fatty liver can also obstruct blood flow to the brain, eyes, heart and the kidneys. Pancreas produces digestive enzymes that help digest protein aside from its more popular role of producing insulin for glucose metabolism. But poor pancreatic function characterized by low production of digestive enzymes impairs digestion and assimilation of protein. In specific terms, deficiency of amino acids and some key nutrients due to improper protein metabolism causes fluid retention in the eyes and elevates ocular pressure. Without correcting poor gut function often exacerbated by aging and certain medications, the build-up of fluid in the eyes and the resultant 'ocular hypertension' progressively damage the retina cells, optic nerve and the visual field. Glaucoma is not primarily an eye problem, but a manifestation of abnormal neuro-circulatory function induced by poor gut function, improper protein metabolism and underactive thyroid gland.
There are different prognosis of the likely trigger of the causes of glaucoma but a definite cause or causes have not been medically proven as well as the cure. Persons diagnosed with glaucoma are however not in hopeless situation as early detection and proper management is key to beating total blindness. It was based on this premise and the fact that many lack the financial wherewithal and sensitization to go for test that the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation went into partnership with University of Mainz to bring succor to endangered millions especially in Nigeria. The sensitization for the awareness of glaucoma as an eye disease will center on its detection and management in other to reduce ignorant blindness in glaucoma related eye diseases.
A new study has clearly articulated nutritional protocols to prevent and beat glaucoma based on the likely understanding of its aetiology. Dietary measures in the study include how to correct poor gut function, fuel the liver for optimal function and eliminate systemic disorders that fuel insidious progression of glaucoma like inflammation, insulin resistance, underactive thyroid gland, dehydration, acidic pH and anaemia. The study also explains why glaucoma cannot be overcome without red meat and adequate intake of good fats. Other highlights of the study include effective detoxification methods, anti-glaucoma teas, pancreas restorer, dietary and lifestyle factors that aggravate glaucoma and Catch- 22 to unknot the dilemma of protein and glaucoma. What is this dilemma? Protein-rich foods aggravate glaucoma but ironically, glaucoma cannot be mitigated or managed without adequate intake of protein.
- Category: News and Events
- Published on 03 April 2015
SEOF has release the list of successful candidates for its scholarship scheme. To view the list, please follow the link below:
- Category: News and Events
- Published on 20 March 2015
The Education Initiative by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a Nigerian based non-governmental, not for profit charity organization, to stamp out illiteracy and promote learning across the continent of Africa, particularly in the hard to reach communities, was extended to Bagamoyo, Tanzania, recently where over 1500 students representing six secondary schools gathered to receive over 22,000 academic books shipped to the region in partnership with Books For Africa, a US based NGO.
A similar effort, the foundation says has been extended to about 19 other African countries including Nigeria. Since 2010, the Foundation has distributed over $18 million worth of books and computers to school libraries in the continent, according to its founder, Sir Emeka Offor.
“Education opens the door for Africa’s development and we are proud to support this cause. Without education, people cannot create their own solution.” My Foundation believes in that and that is why we are working hard to ensure that every child within our reach in Africa have the opportunity to read and write, “ continued Sir Offor. He said the Foundation has a similar ongoing partnership with other international NGOs like The Carter Center for the elimination of River Blindness in the southeast of Nigeria as well as long standing joint effort with Rotary International to end polio endemicity in Nigeria and the rest of the world.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Tanzania, His Excellency Ambassador Dr Ishaya Samaila Majanbu who was present, applauded Sir Offor and the Foundation for the exemplary act of altruism and support of academic enlightenment amongst Africans. He noted that such philanthropic gestures by the Foundation ought to be emulated by other privileged Africans.
Tom Worth, founder of Books For Africa, who was represented by Anthony Nyeshire, Nianjema Secondary School headmaster, stated that Sir Emeka Offor has “enabled us to send over two million books to the students of Africa.” He said, “This generous Nigerian’s charitable activities are an example to us all. It is with his help and the help of others like him that we are working towards our goal of ending the African Book Famine. Clearly, Sir Emeka Offor-by thinking big and funding large-scale book projects-is leading the way!”
- Category: News and Events
- Published on 11 March 2015
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Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and Books For Africa (BFA) Donate 20,000 Books to Tanzania Schools
Over $18 million worth of books and computers have reached African schools through the support of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation since 2010
ABUJA, NIGERIA, March 12, 2015 — The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, widows cooperative, education, healthcare and infrastructural development, is set to deliver a total of 20,000 academic books to five secondary schools, plus a University and a Primary school, in the Bagamoyo region of Tanzania. A celebration of the donation of books is scheduled tomorrow morning. The initiative is part of its continuing effort to promote literacy in the continent of Africa. UNICEF reports Tanzania’s total adult literacy rate is 67.8 percent.
Since 2010, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has partnered with Books For Africa, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, to fight illiteracy and promote education. Their combined efforts are aimed at ensuring African schools and libraries – including those in hard to reach communities – are sufficiently equipped with reading materials.
“Our partnership with Books For Africa is paying great dividends and I am happy that we can help provide access to books for as many children as possible in our continent,” said Sir Emeka Offor. “Without education, people cannot create their own solution.”
So far, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has underwritten the shipment of more than 73 40-foot containers of books and computers to approximately 19 African countries, including Nigeria and Tanzania. The estimated financial value for this logistical effort is estimated at $18 Million.
“Over 99 percent of schools in Tanzania have inadequate or non-existent libraries, which are an essential asset of a school, so we are using the donated books to open a doorway that provides students a chance to explore knowledge,” said Charles W. Sloan, Jr., the Manager of Nianjema Secondary School. “The impact of this donation on the lives of these students is immense. It is wonderful that someone from the other side of the African continent can use his time and money to help others so far away in such a dramatic way.”
Getting books to some regions in Africa can be fraught with logistical challenges along the delivery route, particularly when it comes to security and hazardous roads. A successful delivery is often a cause for celebration for schools and communities.
“Our school libraries are really lacking books, so this is big for us,” said Mr. Sloan.
Books For Africa relies on the generosity of donors, young and old, business entities and publishers who flood their massive warehouse in Atlanta with books that cover all areas and levels of education. In addition, Books For Africa depends on their growing volunteer team to effectively sort and repackage donated materials for onward distribution to African countries. According to Books For Africa, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is the single largest independent African donor to their organization since the organization’s inception.
About the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Oraifite, Anambra State, Nigeria. The Foundation seeks to alleviate the sufferings of the less privileged through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. The Foundation has affected the lives of many Nigerians through its domestic programs and projects, which include youth empowerment, Widows Cooperative, education, and health services and infrastructural development. For more information, visit http://sireofforfoundation.org or like us at https://www.facebook.com/siremekaofforfoundation.