OPINION: Why Art May Be The Key To The Future Of Nigeria’s Healthcare System by Faweya Benny [OPEN]


The relationship between Arts and Medicine dates back to the ancient Greeks, who believe that doctors and artists can both be healers and restorers of beauty and harmony of health.

The Greeks believe that healing potential is enhanced when doctors and artists share a common goal that is focused on nourishing the body and the spirit.

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The Arts in Medicine (AIM) project was founded by the CEO/Creative Director Tender Arts Nigeria, Mr. Kunle Adewale (2015 Mandela Washington Fellow), is a multidisciplinary field which seeks to transform the healthcare experience through the arts.

The fellowship comprises of doctors, nurses, dentists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, dancers, musicians, story tellers, writers, poets and painters and other clinicians, from Lagos, Abeokuta and Ibadan.

The inaugural ceremony, held Sunday 13th January, 2019 at the Sickle Cell Foundation, Lagos. In attendance were the likes of Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro; Founder Mitimeth, Dr. Moshudat Bello-Majeed; Director Child and Adolescent Mental Health service center, Oyindamola Fakeye; Founder Sound Mind Africa and Dotun Popoola; Renowned Sculptor and painter.

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The focus of Arts in Medicine Fellowship for the 2019 cohort is arts on prescriptions, clinicians in arts, drawing, painting, movement, music, mindfulness, new media, mental health, hospital beautifications, bed-side arts, bed-side music.

Others are creative writing, grant writing, story-telling, visits to nature, art galleries, art studios, professionalism and ethics of arts in medicine, hospital tour and installations, leadership, mentoring and management of arts in medicine programs.

Arts in medicine aims to transform the healthcare experience through the arts, by integrating various art forms such as: storytelling, creative writing, music, dance and visual arts, into hospitals and healthcare communities in Nigeria, for therapeutic and educational purposes.

Arts in Medicine Fellowship is bridging the gap between the healthcare community and art industry in Nigeria thereby creating opportunities for research, education and best practices in Arts and Medicine locally and internationally.

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