BLUE BABY SUPPORT INITIATIVE - BBSIThe Journey, The Story, The Motivation
Pains Of Asphyxia And Postpartum Disorder Helped The Discovery Of My Purpose And Path To Philanthropy.
My Path to Purpose.
As a child, I grew up amidst people who are mostly not our relations. My parents are kind to a fault. Our house was like a Mecca of sort with people in need, mostly strangers. I once witnessed my dad being harassed by the Landlord for late rent payment and accommodating too many people in the house. This however did not discourage my parents from their kind-heartedness. It is no gainsaying that life’s negative experiences and most difficult moments in life can be a pointer to a greater calling if one is sensitive enough to heed the call. In my case, Asphyxia and postpartum hemorrhage are the veil breakers and revelation that pointed me to the renowned world of social impact and philanthropy. Which also birthed the idea, Blue Baby Support Initiative – BBSI, an NGO established to support children and mothers with health challenges.
The Conception and birth of my only daughter was a rigorous adventure. Prior to the delivery, I was hospitalized due to postpartum hemorrhage and my child, after delivery, was diagnosed to have Asphyxia (also known as Blue Baby Syndrome). She was immediately referred to Massey Children Hospital for treatment. Mybaby was admitted into the ICU for over a month while I was battling for my own survival at another hospital.
During this period, many children with similar ailments died. Seeing my baby intermittently turning pale blue and unyielding further compounded my pains. Although my baby and I survived this terrific incident, not many women and children are that fortunate. This indelible experience gave me a lifetime opportunity to see life in a different perspective.
The spate of birth related risks and fatalities leading to high maternal/infant mortality indexes in Nigeria is alarming. My experience at the hospital during maternity prompted me to think of ways to facilitate the access to quality Medicare for “at-risk” mothers and children facing postpartum and neonatal aliments in Nigeria.
Trend and Statistics
World health organization reported that one in every five children never reach the age of five. Nigeria is
reported to have a subsisting neonatal mortality rate of 34.1% in 2016 with 58,000 maternal mortality cases annually. There is a global worry over Nigeria’s low ratio in maternal mortality health. Melinda and Bill Gate Foundation flagged Nigeria as one of the most dangerous places to give birth in the world and fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world. Unfortunately, 99% of these fatalities are preventable.
Preventable postpartum bleeding is claiming needless lives. This condition is made worse by poor quality of drugs supplies as well as infrastructural deficit in hospitals across the country. Cultural beliefs and traditional practices, poor pre-natal knowledge and shortage of manpower most especially in rural areas is another contributing factor for high mortality. Importantly, poverty and social exclusion of pregnant women is a huge problem to tackle.
We Strive To Deliver Emergency Medical Assistance To People Caught In Health Crises In Different States In Nigeria. The Initiative Works Across Different Geopolitical Zones In Nigeria To Ensure That More People – Particularly Women And Children Receive The Essential Medicare Needed To Build Healthy Immune Systems And Live Happy, Productive Lives.