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Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria

by Rural Health Mission Nigeria
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Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
Provide Lifesaving Kits for 1000 women in Nigeria
A pregnant woman visits for ANC
A pregnant woman visits for ANC

The Lifesaving Intervention Project has been implemented in 3 communities (Kabri, Chana and Kara) with an average of 30 cluster villages serving about 10,000 population. The Lifesaving Intervention Project focuses on remote hard-to-reach communities where the lifesaving kits are distributed and home health volunteers are trained to counsel pregnant women on birth preparedness and complication readiness.

This project have enjoyed the support of donors on through GlobalGiving and their support have enabled us to save women and children in the remotest communities in Nigeria. In March, 2020, I reported that 47 home volunteers have been trained in these communities and I am happy to report back that the volunteers has been very passionate and committed to save lives. Base on our monitoring and evaluation data collected in the community from March, 2020 to date, the Home Health Volunteers have successfully counselled and reffered a total of 256 pregnant women for ANC services in the healthcare facilities and all of them have recieved 6 months doses of antenatal medication. About half of the lifesaving kits supplied to the 3 communities have been distributed successfully (i.e 163 of the 300 kits). 56 of all women referred have successfully delivered using the kits without any complication recorded clinically. We have not recorded any birth related mortality from the 3 communties since this project commenced in the community in February, 2020. I addition to the Lifesaving kits, we have also dewormed over 5000 under-five eligible children and all eligible ones also recieved a single dose of vitamin A supplement.

This project have raised over $2000 on GlobalGiving platform and it is exciting to share that the donations recived here have significantly impacted positively this project. Our field volunteers have been closely monitoring the implemention of this project and we are excited to sharing the successes so far.

As we are working rounding up this project in these three communities in the next 6 months, we count on your continuous support and we hope to replicate this project in other communties with similar challenges.

Thank you for blieving in our cause.

Muhammad

Health worker checking weight of a pregnant woman
Health worker checking weight of a pregnant woman
A pregnant women received her Lifesaving Kit
A pregnant women received her Lifesaving Kit
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Volunteers at the Lifesaving Kits assembly
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.

Next Steps:

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
Packaging the lifesaving kits ready distribution
Volunteers at work
Volunteers at work
Focused Group Discussion at Kabri Community
Focused Group Discussion at Kabri Community
Home Health Volunteers (HHV) after FGD at Kara
Home Health Volunteers (HHV) after FGD at Kara
Home Health Volunteers during FGD at Chana village
Home Health Volunteers during FGD at Chana village
RHEMN Volunteers assembling Lifesaving Kits
RHEMN Volunteers assembling Lifesaving Kits
RHEMN Volunteers after a full day
RHEMN Volunteers after a full day
Packaged Lifesaving Kits ready for distribution
Packaged Lifesaving Kits ready for distribution

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First of all, I sincerely apologize on behalf of the Rural Health Mission Nigeria project team for delay in sending in updates on this project in recent times. This project is so dear to our mind and we are working hard to ensure that the project kick start as soon as possible. Even though project had a little set back in terms of funds but your generous donations were put to use to achieve the following deliverables.

  1. With your donation disbursed to us early this year, we were able to convene a town hall meeting in galdimaru community in Gombe state to sensitize the community on the importants of facility birth and the use of clean birth kits on each home delivery.
  2. We conducted 1 training for 10 birth attendants in Akko community and
  3. We are working on developing the birth kits which requires a little more funds

Our plan is to pilot this project in 3 communities where we aim at training 30 birth attendants and distribute 300 birth kits.

Our major priority in 2020 is to ensure that this project is advanced to the next stage of developing and distributing clean lifesaving birth kits.

I sincerely than you for your generousity and Ihope you will keep supporting Rural Health Mission Nigeria to eliminate the barriers that are preventing access to quality healthcare in rural communities in Nigeria.

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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.

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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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Rural Health Mission Nigeria

Location: Gombe - Nigeria
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Project Leader:
Muhammad Saddiq
Gombe, Gombe Nigeria

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