Mrs. Hajia Samira Bawumia is the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana. She is married to the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia. Samira is the founder and CEO of the Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), described as a not-for-profit organisation established with the purpose of empowering the underprivileged in Ghana through diverse social intervention projects to improve lives.
Mrs. Bawumia was recently made an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and joins the late former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, and Grammy-nominated Ghanaian musician Rocky Dawuni to work with the Alliance and its partners to raise awareness of household air pollution and encourage broader adoption of clean cooking solutions in developing countries in a bid to create cleaner environments and eradicate deaths caused by pollution from the burning of solid fuels for cooking. In 2019, she was acknowledged as the first of seven individuals honored by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) in conjunction with Ashden.
This was in recognition for her efforts towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which is to ensure access to modern reliable, renewable and affordable energy for all by 2030.
SEHP has taken on the mandate to equip selected health facilities to enable them to function at thier fullest capacity, providing healthcare support for citizens. Often, there is immense pressure on medical facilities in rural areas to serve large numbers of people with resources which are either run-down or non-existent. This, of course, leads to unnecessary avoidable deaths. Recently, the Tamale Teaching Hospital received a consignment of medical supplies for the surgical, orthopaedic and radiology departments. The Tamale Teaching Hospital serves as a referral hospital for the three regions of the north. Its mandate is to provide advanced clinical health services, support the training of the undergraduates and postgraduates in medical sciences. It also undertakes research for the purpose of improving health care. Some of the items donated are Scan Gel, Cathether tray 16’s Suction Bulb Sterial Disposable Under PadThermal RollBaby Cup Carnular Restraining Jacket IVSet Kit Gauze Swap (4 inches) Face Mask (50’s) CrutchesSoff Band (6″) Procedure PackSurgical Gloves (Size 7, 7.5 & 8) Surgical Gowns 10CC Syringe3 CC Syringe Delivery Pad (24’s) Diaper (16’s, 18’s, 20’s)Shoe Covers (100’s) ArmslingInsulin Syringe (100’s) Nasal CannularAnti Embolism Stockings Nebulising MaskCatheters (5/6, 5.10)5 CC Syringe (100’s)3M Cloth Adhesive TapeSingle Limb Anesthesia Breathing CircuitEthicon Absorbable Strap Fixation AllowanceArticulating Endoscopic Linear CutterStryker BlanketKnee Immobilzer Surgical Scrub Brush Chloroxylenol Blood collection needlesAntiseptic Handrub Enzymatic CleanerHand sanitizersButton Hole Belt Omnipaque Injections Chloraprep with Chlorhioxidine Gluconate Convertors Laparotomy Pack.
Aside all these donations, Samira through her Foundation is also pushing to ensure the reduction in maternal and child mortality in Ghana.
Mrs. Bawumia and her foundation also have education as their focus. Through her Foundation, she seeks to ensure that every child in Ghana cultivates and immerses themselves in the habit of reading. We believe that limited resources must not stunt a child’s ability to dream and explore the world around him/her. There is a pervasive lack of libraries in rural communities and schools. SEHP seeks to address this by providing alternatives through the School Library in a Box initiative.
Boxes filled with books are donated to public schools to encourage a love of reading and improve literacy and critical thinking skills. In addition, training will be provided for teachers in the schools such that they can use the books to support their teaching and help the students make the most of the books supplied.
17 schools across three regions have received school library boxes and many others are in line to be furnished as well
We celebrate you Samira Bawumia for your contribution towards the growth of society.
You’re an Akwaaba Woman of Excellence 2020