Weʼre raising £1,000 to Help pregnant woman and the less privileged children in Nigeria
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My name is Tamunobelebara Bamson Osaro . My friends and I have decided to run a project in Nigeria on the 29th-31st of Dec 2018 with the aim of helping pregnant women and less privileged children in Africa. We believe that every child is a precious gift from God and every pregnant woman deserves respectful, timely, and quality care during pregnancy and childbirth. In order to archieve our aim, we will have to raise the sum of £1000.
Every day, an estimated 830 women and thousand more babies lose their lives for reasons that are preventable and that makes us all accountable.
COH works at the grassroots, engaging communities, including men, with the aim of reducing the prevalent cases of women and babies deaths due to preventable causes.
COH works with partners and communities to advocate, educate, inform, empower, and apply low-cost low-tech interventions to save lives.
This year, we have decided to visit Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is one of the states where free health services are considered a priority for women and children.
The Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget acclaims health care provision as one of its priorities. However, it is only placed 5th in order of the state’s provisional concerns. Notwithstanding, the ministry has provided reports stating an ongoing free provision of healthcare services, including free pre-natal and ante-natal care for pregnant women, in the state. There are however concerns that this services are, in fact, not free and women in need of these services are still charged exorbitant fees.
Our findings from visits to some of the provision centres in Lagos last August further confirmed that the cost of delivery is out of reach for the poor and middle class who seeks the services.
One striking thing is that the charges in these hospitals are not uniform even though they are all operated by the Lagos State Ministry of Health. We also found out there’s a striking difference in the charges across different health centres and hospitals under the same Lagos State Ministry of Health
The policy of compulsory blood donation is also a source of worry.
The General Hospitals at Isolo, Shomolu, Gbagada, Igando, to the Amuwo Odofin Maternity and Child Centre, the story is the same. Pregnant women are complaining of high cost of ante- natal and delivery services.
An encounter with Ayomide Williams, who patronises one of the public health institutions, was instructive. She was by the entrance of the Mother & Child Centre, Isolo General Hospital when Good Health Weekly encountered her. Obviously, she wasn’t in a good frame of mind and attempts to cheer her up failed.
Data from the 2013 National Demographic Survey, shows that the Maternal Mortality Ratio, MMR, of 576/100,000 live births is higher than national average 243 per 100,000 live births.
Collecting data in Nigeria is difficult because most significant births and deaths occurs at home or outside health centres, a lot of factors still hinder women from accessing care.
The barriers to accessing quality maternal health services are created by many factors including poverty, women’s limited access to education and income, nutritional problems and poor or non-existent transport, road and communications infrastructure in conflict or post- conflict situations.
Lagos State has one of the unacceptably high maternal mortality ratios in the country.
Approximately 60% of deliveries still takes place at home without the support of certified medical professionals due to poor access to care, cost of hospital services and age long customs and confidence in Traditional Birth Attendants.
Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality, stipulates that by 2030, all countries should reduce MMR by at least two thirds of their 2010 baseline level, the supplementary national target is that no country should have an MMR greater than 140/100 000 live births.
In order to achieve this targeted Action Plan for ending preventable deaths among new-borns, it is expected the target of 10 or less new-born deaths per 1000 live births should be attained by 2035.
What your donation can do!
-£5 Buys malaria and vitamins medication for one mother and child
-£20 Provide a clean maternal and newborn delivery care kit for a mother and child
-£10 Supply prenatal and postnatal supplements for 5 pregnant and postnatal women
-£50 pay both pre and postnatal care for mother and child
*We also accept donations like baby items, clothes , toys etc. You can contact me on Facebook Phummiekay to get more information on how to arrange collection of items. All donated items will be shipped out to Nigeria on the 18th of November 2018.
Your donations literally do save lives.
below are some of the pics from our back to school supply drive
We wish to use this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us last year with our BACK TO SCHOOL PROJECT. It was an enormous success.
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My name is Tamunobelebara Bamson. A mother of 3. My Love for giving and passion for building a better future made me start the Center of hope charity . Am a tool to humanity. Putting smile on other people’s face gives me joy.
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