Program manager during a monitoring visit
Before I provide you a few updates about this project, I like to take this moment to sincerely thank you for all the compassion and support you have shown to poor rural women in Nigeria, more especially the pregnant women who are faced with nemerous risks at the time of pregnancy and delivery. You have supported this project for the past three years now and nearly 4000 women and their babies have been saved because of your generous donation.
This project currently runs in 51 rural communities across four states in Northern Nigeria including; Gombe, Yobe, Plateau, and Taraba states. The project currently engages 54 home health volunteers that counsel and supports pregnant women in their homes until they safely deliver their babies. So far, nearly 4000 lifesaving clean birth kits have been distributed and over 1000 birth assistants and community health workers have been trained. This quarter after recieving your donations in June, we trained 120 birth assistants and distributed 500 birth kits to save 500 pregnant women and their babies.
For the coming year, we are working on the process of scaling up this project to more states and communities in Nigeria as demand for support for pregnant women in remote and isolated communities continue to increase. Our plan is to maintain ongoing projects in the current 51 communities and make additional engagements in few more new communities while working on our transition plan.
I am excited at this point to announce one of our major sustainability plans as many more pregnant women in remote communities continue face this unending threat to their lives during pregnancy and at the point of delivery. The second phase of the Lifesaving Intervention Project seeks to establish the Community Lifesaving Clinic which will be run as a social enterprising maternity facility to provide access to quality maternal care in under-served, hard-to-reach and rural communities. The CLC is designed to support pregnant women and under-five children in rural communities to access quality healthcare before, during and after delivery at a subsidized cost. The community lifesaving clinic aspires to provide high quality maternal care in hard-to-reach communities at a subsidized cost to eliminate access barriers such that pregnant women do not have travel to a far distanced community to access care.
The overall goal of this enterprise is to build a self-sustaining health facility that provides community-focused basic maternal and child health services in rural communities. We count on your support to continue to support pregnant women and their newborn babies in remote and isolatd communities where quality maternal care is not accessible.
Health worker at Birin bolawa health facility
A patients visits one of our foal facilities
Some pieces of clean Birth kits at Birin Bolawa
Examining a pregnant woman
Mother and her baby
Monitoring visit at Kabri village
Volunteers crossing river to Kabri village
Road to Kabri community
Interviewing volunteers of the project at kabri