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Enough Abuse Nigeria
In 2012, several dozen volunteers participated in a 2-day Training of Trainers in Maryland led by the Enough Abuse Campaign. Among those trainers was pediatrician Dr. Bukola Ogunkua MD, MPH, MHS, CPRP, LPC, FAAETS. Dr. Ogunkua, a resident of Maryland, was also the founder of Suburbancares, a Lagos-based NGO which works to reduce the incidence of childhood trauma and mental illness in children and young adults. Suburbancares assesses, diagnoses and treats children with behavioral challenges, in partnership with their caregivers at home, in school and in the community.
The mission of Suburbancares is to reduce the incidence of mental illness in children, through training, treatments, and research in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Dr. Ogunkua worked with the Enough Abuse Campaign to bring the program to Nigeria in 2014. Since then, over 2,000 parents and health workers have been trained using Enough Abuse training curricula adapted for that country. Dr. Ogunkua received approval in 2020 from the Nigerian government to provide Enough Abuse and ACES trainings to 30,000 teachers in Lagos State. Trainings were delivered through 2-hour webinars in 2020 and 2021. Pre- and post-test data was gathered and select teachers participated in follow up mentoring sessions over 8 hours so they could then provide the trainings to other school staff.
Suburbancares is a nonprofit that offers comprehensive mental health assessment, treatment, support and care for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults, through an integration of evidence-based Primary Care services, Counseling Psychology, Psychiatric Rehabilitation etc.
Dr. BUKOLA OGUNKUA, MD, MPH, MHS, LPC, FAAETS
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