Martha Ngufan Odumu

Martha Odumu is a co chair as well as the project Manager of Odumehaje Medical Mission. She helps shape the organization's activities to align with its vision, and manages the organization's programs and events.

Martha Odumu is a Nigerian from Benue State, Middle Belt, Nigeria. She was born at Mkar Christian Hospital, the only mission hospital in her area at the time.

Martha gained her professional Nursing and Midwifery Diploma (RN, RM) from the schools of Nursing and Midwifery Mkar and Makurdi, Benue State, in 1996 and 1998 respectively. She proceeded to Ika Christian Hospital in Kogi State with her husband, where she worked as a bedside nurse for a few years; and to Bethesda Hospital Oju, Benue State, Nigeria.

Her passion for missions began to ignite when she served in these rural mission hospitals. She remembered the sacrifices of the missionaries at Mkar - where she was born and bred - and how much impact their hospitals and schools made to her life and that of the Community that was socially and economically disadvantaged. Also, she got her first hand missionary challenge from her parents who served sacrificially across NKST Mission hospitals in Tiv land of Benue State. More so, after witnessing the numerous complications brought in from patients having to travel from far distances due to lack of nearby health facilities and malpractices by quacks, She knew she was some day going to be of help to these group of people.

She left the rural hospitals to work with the Aids Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN), Jos, Plateau State - an NGO that was supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US government, where she worked as the Adherence Nurse in the pediatric unit for five years.

Mrs Odumu garnered several certificates and knowledge from numerous trainings and workshops she attended in HIV, both locally and internationally, including the prestigious International Aids Society (IAS) conference, held in Cape town, South Africa in 2009, where she made a poster presentation .

She started a Master's in Public Health program in the University of Sheffield, UK in 2012 but was unable to complete due to some financial challenges she faced at the time.

Martha is widely travelled and has experienced health care internationally and seeks to domesticate her knowledge and experience in the rural communities where Health Care is a key issue.

She is married to Paul Odumu and together they are blessed with two children.