More than 1 million mothers die annually from unsanitary childbirth conditions and Nigeria loses about 145 women daily to preventable pregnancy and delivery complications .Nigeria also loses 2,300 new born / under 5 to same preventable complications at birth , making the country the second largest contributor to maternal and infant mortality
TFCH non-profit organization founded, by Chinomnso Ibe a Nigerian Midwife to reduce the high burden of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria and across the globe amongst many other on-going projects at the organization , TFCH designs a very unique and colorful lifesaving package that contains essential health needs of women during childbirth in resource-poor settings. TFCH lifesaving product comes in “2-in-1 beautiful bundle “clean delivery kit for the mother and New born kit for the baby. This innovation gave birth to the popular TFCH’s “1KIT SAVES 2lives” project aimed at reducing maternal and new born death through prevention of infection at birth, management of post-partum hemorrhage with misoprostol tablets, treatment of cord infection with Chlohexidine which are all packaged in the 2-in1 kit given FREE to the women during childbirth through the primary health centers in various rural communities, though we also consider multiple pregnancies by adding extras in the kit . The 2-in-1 lifesaver contains medical consumables recommended by the WHO to provide sanitation and emergency care at the time of childbirth.
WHY THE 1 KIT SAVES 2 LIVES Project ?
Tetanus and infection are among the leading causes of maternal and child death in Nigeria. These infections occur mainly as a result of contamination from an unclean environment and from harmful delivery practices, including the use of unclean materials during the delivery. The 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.
Some healthcare providers and traditional birth homes are found also to have delivery room that are dusty and dirty, tools are rusty and bloody from the last birth; with poor means to sanitize hands or instruments. As a result, unsanitary conditions persist due to insufficient staff and training opportunities, leading to increased rates of infection. Clean birth kits are globally recognized as an effective solution to tackle this very challenge. According to the World Health Organization, when birth attendants are educated about birth kits and how to use them, it has a significant effect on reducing infections at birth
Each year, thousands of women living in rural communities globally including Nigeria give birth on their own or without the help of a trained health worker. These births often take place at home, where the risk of infection is high.
At TFCH every Mother and child in this whole world is so precious to us, we are committed to saving lives and as well crossing borders to achieve this.
Many women also are being turned away from hospitals and clinics if they do not bring their own delivery materials with them. At home or in the hospital, inadequate basic materials provides an opening for infections and other complications. You can agree with me that birth kits are more often viewed as a luxury which the rich alone can afford to aid safe delivery. While women in the rural communities have little or no knowledge of what the birth kits looks like let alone being able to afford it.
The clean delivery/new born kit is a simple approach to reduce this risk of tetanus, infection, PPH for both mother and the infant. These kits help to provide a clean birthing environment for mothers and newborns who would otherwise be left to go through the birthing process in an unsanitary environment that creates risk of maternal infection at point of delivery .Provision of free clean birth kits to our maternity homes / Primary health facilities provides a safer birth environment and better health outcomes for mothers and babies
ABOUT THE FOUNDER AND CEO TRAFFINA FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH…
Chinomnso Ibe, a Nurse/ Midwife and Public health consultant in Nigeria, she is a unique and dedicated young lady in Nigeria who has committed to making positive change in saving lives of mothers and children globally by catalyzing positive change locally through innovations. People who know her well refer her as the “Mary Slessor and Florence Nightingale of our time .Her project Mobile Ante-natal services for rural women was selected amongst best women Deliver 50 ideas for women (2012) , Save our mothers project by connecting Nurses/ Sanofi Aventis (2012) , Save our mothers project reselected by the WeObservatory/ Millennia foundation for more visibility and support in (2013) . A fellow of IIE and Maternal Health Task force (2013-2014) , MamaYe Award recipient (2013) also listed as one of Zero Mothers Die Advisors in 2014 and recently selected as 2015 Mandela Washington fellow.
Chinomnso’s passion towards saving lives of Pregnant mothers and children is tailored towards many records of “maternal near miss” experienced by her mother. Her mother after nine years of her last birth conceived her “not knowing” she was pregnant and was wrongly diagnosed with Cancer in a local hospital due to swollen breast and nipples , the doctor booked her Mom for surgery to remove the two breasts , as God may have it chinomnso’s Mother decided to inform her boss who was a Bishops wife on the day of surgery, her boss had a second thought to take her to a different hospital for a pregnancy test which came out positive confirming her to be pregnant and not having Cancer. Just that support from her boss saved both chinomnso and her Mom, there wouldn’t have been neither alive if the surgery was done .Her mother before this incident gave birth to her first daughter in a bush while farming, and people around only had the cutlass available to cut the umbilical cord giving her and the baby infection which only God could tell how they survived .
Chinomnso grew up knowing the story behind her birth and her mother’s experience and took it upon herself to save pregnant mothers and babies in Nigeria by helping them have quality access to skilled care at birth through provision of free clean birth kits, designed to help women survive childbirth.
Journey so far
It has been a great journey for Chinomnso, setting up her foundation with Gods help and support of family members . She started funding many project to save mothers and new born in Nigeria, using her part of her tuition fees to run free ante-natal care services for rural women etc. She never gave up, though not everyone believed in her dreams. Many discouraged her while some gave her words of support .She did many other project, but launching of the “1 KIT SAVES 2LIVES project” which is aimed at providing 50,000 clean birth/ new born kit by end of 2016 to support mothers in rural communities improved her work. Since the creation of the clean birth / new born kit in early 2014, TFCH has produced and distributed six thousand five hundred (6500) kits free through phcs mostly in North Eastern Nigeria , including pregnant mothers in internally displaced camps thus saving more than twelve thousand (12,000) lives across Nigeria.
TFCH clean birth / New Born kits are designed, created, packaged by women and used by women; it has created empowerment and job opportunity for many people around her.
After delivery the colorful bag is then given to the mother as a gift, recognizing childbirth as an important and courageous act of womanhood – a feeling that many mothers never get a chance to experience in many cultures, where women’s reproductive health issues are often extremely taboo.
Our colorful kits (bags) offers a more beautiful, personalized, and honorable birth experience, empowering new mothers with a simple and elegant congratulatory gift that they can carry and use in their everyday lives. For many women, it is the first bag they have ever owned — and, one that once carried components that may have saved her life.
MOVING FORWARD: Traffina foundation is open to organizations both profit and non-profit , companies, individuals and group who would like to fund, partner, support the production of the clean birth /new born kit using it as a tool to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria and other countries.
“REMEMBER NO WOMAN DESERVES TO DIE BRINGING LIFE TO THE WORLD —–see more photos