Group to save 100,000 lives of women, chil­dren

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Saf­fiyyah Ab­dur- Razaq

A lo­cal non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion has be­gun a three-year project to save at least 100,000 women and ba­bies from deaths due to in­fec­tions at child­birth.

The project, run by Traf­fina Foun­da­tion, tar­gets ru­ral ar­eas where women are re­luc­tant to visit hospi­tal for de­liv­ery be­cause of fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, choos­ing in­stead to give birth at home and risk­ing in­fec­tions.

Traf­fina’s 1-Kit-Saves-2 project hopes to dis­trib­ute by 2016 at least 50,000 clean-birth kits free to fa­cil­i­ties where they will be is­sued to women at point of de­liv­ery with­out pay­ment.

At the dis­tri­bu­tion of kits in Abuja at the weekend, Traf­fina founder Chi­nomso Peters said, “High rates of home de­liv­er­ies by people with lit­tle or no train­ing in hy­gienic de­liv­ery prac­tices and of short­ages of suit­able clean de­liv­ery ma­te­ri­als all con­trib­ute to the prob­lem of peri­na­tal in­fec­tion.” (in­fec­tions at least five months be­fore and one month af­ter birth).

“What stops women from com­ing to fa­cil­i­ties is that they can­not pay for de­liv­ery, but the kit con­tains ev­ery item that should be used for a woman dur­ing de­liv­ery,” said Peters, a trained nurse and mid­wife.

The kits come in pink handy packs that con­tain items rec­om­mended by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion for child­birth—dis­pos­able de­liv­ery mat, in­fant re­ceiver, ster­ile gloves, cord clamps, mu­cus ex­trac­tor, scalpel, men­tho­lated spirit, an­ti­sep­tic soap, cot­ton wool, olive oil, dis­in­fec­tant, gauze, baby nap­kin and ma­ter­nity pad.

Traf­fina added that the kit also has so­lar­pow­ered head lamps for fa­cil­i­ties where power sup­ply is a prob­lem, as well as fam­ily plan­ning in­for­ma­tion, im­mu­ni­sa­tion cal­en­dars, post­na­tal care in­for­ma­tion in lo­cal lan­guages.

“If MDG fund­ing stops, that means our women will con­tinue to die? No. that’s why we are step­ping up now, so that ev­ery Nige­rian will come on board and sup­port what we are do­ing so that we can even go be­yond that 50,000,” Peters added.

Women are re­quired to buy a birth kit or pay hos­pi­tals be­tween N4,000 and N8,000 be­fore child­birth, said first-time mother Nkechi Okeiyi.

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