What is the Problem?
Nigeria ranks among the nations with highest mortality rates in the world. WHO statistics stands at about 814 per 100,000 pregnancies. Similarly, a woman’s chance of dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Nigeria is 1 in 13. Many of these deaths are preventable, but the coverage and quality of health care services in Nigeria continue to fail women and children. Presently, less than 20% of health facilities offer emergency obstetric care and only 35% is attended to by skilled attendants. So many woman dies, while more suffers a debilitating illness or permanent disability. Underneath the statistics lies the pain of human tragedy, for thousands of families who have lost their children and parent.
What is our solution?
According to recent research, essential interventions reaching women and babies on time would have averted most of these deaths; By providing under-resourced facilities with essential services such as prenatal education, training health workers on basic lifesaving techniques and supplying Clean Birth Kits, we can save lives. Clean Birth Kits are designed to provide birth attendants with the tools they need to ensure a clean birthing environment. The Kits ensure the WHO’s “6 Cleans”: clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting implement, clean cord tying, and clean cord care. We will train health workers on basic lifesaving skills, support pregnant women with clean birth kits, deploy skilled volunteers to local facilities to provide prenatal education, support immunization services etc
Long term impact
The WHO clean birth practices can substantially reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity from infection-related causes, including tetanus. This project will reach 300 women in 3 remote villages within 6 months which will significantly reduce maternal mortality in this community. We are taking one community at a time and eventually with your help the whole nation will be saved
What are we doing?
- This project have commenced in Doruwa, Bolari and Kagarawal communities Gombe LGA in (September, 2018)
- We are deploying 9 skilled volunteers weekly to the 3 facilities to support with immunizations, prenatal education and other basic services.
- About 600 full doses of prenatal drug distributed to 3 health facilities in Gombe LGA (PHC Bolari, Kagarawal, Gabukka & Doruwa)
- About 180 pregnant women reached with prenatal supplement across the 3 communities from October, 2018 – February 2019
- Over 1200 children immunized and 300 women received prenatal education from October, 2018 – February, 2019 through our weekly volunteer services. Over 2000 hours of volunteer service provided by our Health volunteer Corps (HVC).
- We have recruited over 200 volunteers across 4 states in Nigeria in the last 6 months through our Health Volunteer Corps (HVC) project.
Where will your donation go?
- We will use your donation to procure clean birth kits for distribution to pregnant women in remote communities ensure clean and safe delivery
- We will use your donation to train more community health workers and village Health workers on basic lifesaving skills
- We will use your donation to recruit more Health Volunteer Corps (HVC) to cover more communities.