LAGOS – H ealth Education and Empowerment Initiative (HEDEN), a non-governmental organization, has distributed free birthing kits to pregnant women in community health centers in Ifo local government area of Ogun State.
The birth kits are distributed by the group with the support of Birthing Kits Foundation, Australia who are partners on the project with the aim to improve birthing outcomes and ensure that birth practices are clean and safe.
Folasade Ofurune, Executive Director of HEDEN while speaking at the distribution exercise said that there will be a reduction in childbirth-related infections and increase in safe deliveries.
“Since the distribution of the birth kits requires registration at the health centers it will increase ante-natal care and significant births at the health centers.
She also said that the distribution will be taking place in the 10 community health centers in Ifo Local Government Area of the state within the next one year.
Ofurune stated that the target communities are hard-to-reach and poverty prevalent.
“From HEDEN intervention, we observed low maternal and child health knowledge and inadequate awareness of nutrition and hygiene practice, including safe delivery of babies.
“Often, these pregnant women arrive in labor at the facility with incomplete or no birthing kits at all. Hence the distribution will eliminate chances of neonatal tetanus as result of severing umbilical cords with rusty blades; eliminate number of women giving birth on bare floors and risking deadly sepsis infections.
She also noted that over 303,000 women die due to childbirth from developing countries and that one major cause is infection due to birthing condition and lack of access to clean supplies. These women and babies can be saved by providing simple item like a clean razor blade and string to tie off the umbilical cord.
Abigail Adebisi, programme officer of the organization said that the kits are distributed to registered pregnant women at the community health centers and that the recipient are educated on the correct and proper use of Birthing Kits, including the safe disposal of waste such as sharp blades in the Birthing Kits.
She said that the distribution of the Kits will give rise to access by women who don’t have access to sterile supplies at childbirth.
She noted that that the distribution of the kits was integrated into the organization’s monthly Sweet Mother Program in the community health centers, as this will help reach many more women during their ante-natal clinics.
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