The Vincent Obioma Ohaju Memorial (Voom) Foundation was established to raise the standard of care and create sustainable medical education in Nigeria.
VOOM Foundation was born from the vision of Dr. Vincent Ohaju, Associate Chief, Division of Surgery/Neuromuscular Services at Essentia Health Duluth. Originally from the town of Ihitte, in South Eastern Nigeria. Dr. Ohaju had personally witnessed the effects from lack of available medical care on friends and family, including the loss of his father. Vincent Obioma Ohaju passed away in 1983 at the age of 56 due to complications from aspiration of a piece of meat, which is something that could be corrected with a simple procedure in even the smallest hospital in the United States.
It was a close and personal reminder to Dr. Ohaju that over 95% of the people in Nigeria live without essential medical services. Dr. Ohaju believes those in a position to change that situation have an obligation to try.