Our work in maternal health care encompasses the dimensions of antenatal care services (including free ultrasound scanning), postnatal care and family planning services in order to ensure a positive and fulfilling experience for a pregnant mother, with focus on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in Nigeria. Our evidence-based maternal health intervention is providing rural dwellers with access to skilled birth attendants, tetanus toxoid immunization, intermittent preventive treatment for malaria during pregnancy (IPTp), identification and management of pre and post eclampsia, HIV, syphilis among others. Pregnant mothers are also leveraging on our ultrasound scanning during antenatal to see their developing babies and listening to their heartbeats for the first time. We are also distributing birthing kits which has enabled us create programs around clean and safe childbirth, as well as reducing harmful practices. Our programs have tremendously prevented incidence of PPH and neonatal tetanus, and thus improved health outcomes for pregnant mothers living in IDP camps and rural communities across Nigeria.
We are ending period poverty among vulnerable young women and girls, by scaling up uninterrupted access to menstrual hygiene through the distribution of Menstrual Cups; an innovative, durable and sustainable means of managing menstruation. Through this project, we have ensured dignity and privacy for countless women and girls who are victims of Boko Haram insurgency and who lack access to sanitary towels as a result of poverty. These cups are known to last up to 8 years, saving them from the dangers of using harmful alternatives to manage menstruation. We are also providing instruction/education on the correct use, maintenance, and disposal of the menstrual cups, as well as conducting quarterly impact assessment.
We are creating access to high uptake of contraceptives in rural communities where dwellers reject FP services due to cultural beliefs, misconception about its effect on their health and physique, and religious beliefs. Our project called Free Contraceptive Security is an uninterrupted free supply of varieties of contraceptives for people to choose, obtain and use their preferred high-quality contraceptives without interruption. We also offer advocacy on the importance of Child Birth Spacing and the inclusion of gate keepers (husbands and other stakeholders) in Family Planning advocacies and services.
We are training local birth attendants to improve their knowledge in maternal and reproductive health care.
We do not condemn a traditional birth attendant when we find one, rather, we train and encourage them to include the new knowledge they have gained from us in what they do. Until every pregnant mother in the rural community gains access to a functional healthcare facility with skilled birth attendants, local birth attendants cannot be ignored, cos in their hands most often are the lives of pregnant mothers, and the knowledge they have during delivery determine if the mothers would live.
Our Economic and livelihoods component promotes self-reliance and improves livelihood of women living in the IDP camp by providing economic incentives to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic thereby empowering them to engage in business activities which would provide income for them and their families.