Mar 18, 2019

Update on the distribution of clean birth kits in

The distribution of birth kits to 300 pregnant women in Gombe is one of the priority project for Rural Health Mission Nigeria. Six volunteers has been trained to effectively distribute the birth kits and teach users (community health workers) on proper usage.

Due to limited funds raised ($900 disbursed) as against $5000 required, RHEMN is working on local production of the kits by sourcing the items locally to meet up with the number.

The items has been procured to package and distribute 50 pieces before the end of this month (March) while more funds are sought.

We hope to make use of the little funds raised so far to locally package and distribute the kits instead of buying from stores which is usually expensive and the required number cannot be made. But with the latest plan to locally package by ourselves will bring up the number to at least 150 pieces using the funds in hand now.

We shall send in pictures of the kids soon enough as well as out beneficiaries.

Dec 6, 2018

Project Status

Prenatal Supplement distribution at PHC Kagarawal
Prenatal Supplement distribution at PHC Kagarawal

The distribution of lifesaving clean birth kits is a component of the major project called "The Comprehensive Lifesaving Intervention" which also includes other components such as;

1. Facility support; In this component, we deploy skilled volunteers to local health facilities to provide direct service such as immunization, outpatient consultation and conducting of ANC services. This is aimed at reducing manpower gaps that exist in the project area. In the past 3 months since this pilot started, our volunteers have committed over 300 hours of volunteer time to 3 facilities serving Bolari, Doruwa and Gabukka communities in Gombe. We have immunized and dewormed over 3000 children and currently monitoring over 200 pregnant women keeping appointment with the above mentioned clinics.

2. Distribution of essential prenatal supplement; Under this component, we supply the facilities with essential prenatal supplement for pregnant women and children below 5. So far we have distributed over 1000 doses of prenatal supplement to pregnant women enrolled for ANC in those facilities. We preparing to supply antimalarial drugs and insecticide treated nets in January 2019.

3. Training health workers on basic lifesaving skills; This component has to do with training of health workers on basic delivery skills and how to use the birth kits. The training is scheduled to take place in February.

4. Distribution of 300 clean birth kits; This is the main component in which this fundraiser was all about. Even though we are yet to received disbursement for all funds raised for this purpose we have procured some few basic items for the packaging and distribution of the lifesaving kits. The volunteers who are to handle the distribution have already been inducted. Due to limited funds we are anticipating to distribute it in phases as we continue to raise more funds. In Phase we plan to distribute 100 pieces which means we need about $3000 even though we have raised $1100. 

I was assured that our disbursement is scheduled for December 24 2018, which means our phase distribution will probably happen in January 2019.

prenatal Education at PHC Bolari
prenatal Education at PHC Bolari
Consultation Service at PHC Gabukka
Consultation Service at PHC Gabukka
Volunteer providing care at PHC Doruwa
Volunteer providing care at PHC Doruwa
A volunteer doing antenatal screening
A volunteer doing antenatal screening
A volunter treating patient at Doruwa clinic
A volunter treating patient at Doruwa clinic

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