Dr. Avner Goren treating a patient in Nigeria. (Israel MFA) (Israel MFA)
Nigeria

Yet another Israeli humanitarian mission improves lives in Africa! 

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel’s embassy in Nigeria last week opened a pediatric clinic for refugees at a displaced persons camp in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) near Abuja to treat displaced children in need of primary care.

Working together with volunteers of the Durumi IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camp in the FCT, the clinic provided medical assistance to IDP children from Bama and Gwoza LGAs in the Borno State, who have been staying in the Durumi camp since they fled the Islamic Boko Haram insurgency a few years ago.

Civil war and radical Muslim insurgency have terrorized Nigeria for decades, deeply afflicting lives in the West African nation.

Some 30 children ranging in ages from infancy to four years were diagnosed and given primary medical treatment by Dr. Avner Goren, an Israeli pediatrician with a sub-specialty in allergy and immunology.

“The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria will strive to continue addressing the immediate needs of the IDP community,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated.

Israel Operates Extensively in Africa

This is not the first Israeli humanitarian mission in the country.

A unique Israeli project launched in the country earlier this year combined technology and education to promote self-learning among 70 deprived children.

The children received tablets fitted with basic learning apps, allowing them to acquire language and arithmetic skills.

“The relations between Israel and Nigeria is where innovation meets hope,” said Israel’s Ambassador to Nigeria Guy Feldman.

In 2016, Israel’s Galilee International Management Institute launched a five-year program to train 100 farmers each year from Kano state Nigeria, which is on the edge of the desert. Israelis are also in Kano to train the farmers in advanced water management, desert agriculture and drip irrigation.

Israel has a long history of sharing its expertise with African countries, and has diverse aid operations deployed in several countries in the continent.