Volunteers at the Lifesaving Kits assembly
The Lifesaving Intervention Project was designed to train birth attendants or home health volunteers on basic lifesaving skills to counsel pregnant on the birth preparedness and complication readiness including danger signs of prgnancy and delivery. Distribution of lifesaving kits is one of the most important component of the project.
So far we have raised the total sum of $1,854 of $10,000 for this project in the past few months and the good news is that, this funds have helped us assemble about 300 Lifesaving Kits ready for distribution in 3 rural communities including; Kabri, Chana and Kara in Sardauna Local Government of Taraba State,Nigeria. These communities are the remotest communities in Taraba state bordering Cameroun republic.The community has the worse terrain with bad road networks making difficult for health workers to workand stay inthe community leaving their health centers totally nonfunctional. The communities has an average of 10 - 15 cluster villages surrounding them with nonfunctional healthcare facility for ANC and PNC. With this project, we hope to train 50 home health volunteers and distribute 300 lifesaving kits to ensure clean and safe delivery in the community.
Because of this project, the 3 health centers identified in the communities which are virtually nonfunctional will be able to fully revive weekly antenatal services to pregnant women residing within. The 50 trained home health volunteers will provide house-to-house birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR) counselling to pregnant women. This intervention will help pregnant women in these communities quickly identify danger signs and timely seek medical help to prevent complications.
On February 25th - 28th, 2020 we conducted community focused group discussion with 30 volunteers in these communities to understand their perspective on birth practices and clean delivery.
We have scheduled March 17th - 20th, 2020 to conduct training for 50 home health volunteers to distribute lifesaving kits and provide BP/CR counselling in Kara, chana and kabri communities in the next 6 months. The distribution of 300 Lifesaving Kits in the 3 communities will commence on March 21st 2020.
On behalf of Rural Health Mission Nigeria and the pregnant women and vulnerable children whom we serve in various hard-to-reach communities in Nigeria, we appreciate your generousity for supporting this project to this stage. 300 pregnant women and 300 infants from 300 families will be saved because of your generous contribution. We are looking forward to scaling up this project to more communities to meet our target goal of distributing 1000 lifesaving kits and training 300 home health volunteers by December 2020,hence this will definately require more support from you.
Packaging the lifesaving kits ready distribution
Volunteers at work
Focused Group Discussion at Kabri Community
Home Health Volunteers (HHV) after FGD at Kara
Home Health Volunteers during FGD at Chana village
RHEMN Volunteers assembling Lifesaving Kits
RHEMN Volunteers after a full day
Packaged Lifesaving Kits ready for distribution