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Brown Button Foundation (BBF) in collaboration with Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) on April 8-11. 2013 held a three (3) day training program for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and Community Health Attendants (CHAs) across three different senatorial zones of Katsina State.
The event was well attended by top dignitaries and religious leaders in the state including the Wives of the Executive Governor and Deputy Governor of Katsina State, the Wife of the Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, the Special Advisers to the Governor on Poverty Alleviation and Health Matters, various local government chairmen and traditional rulers had 150 participants in attendance.
The main objective of the programme was to retrain the TBAs and CHAs on how to effectively birth a baby while protecting the health of both mother and child. The training covered various topics such as the female reproductive system,...
I watched helplessly as 23-year-old Amina groaned in agony and breathed her last. Her first attempt at the fast becoming risky venture of childbirth had cost her life. She had been ‘courageous’ enough to commit her life and delivery process into the hands of an unskilled Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) who fed her herbs and made her family chant prayers as a remedy for obstructed labour. ‘Courageous’ enough to attempt to give birth in a community where access to skilled healthcare personnel was absent, ‘Courageous’ enough to attempt delivery where there was no real care before, during and after pregnancy, where there was a dearth of information and exposure. Amina had little choices open to her and made the best choice given available circumstances, information...Read more
Founder of Brown Button Foundation, Adepeju Jaiyeoba, was recently selected 'Global Change Leader' by The Coady International Institute, Nova Scotia, Canada. Adepeju founded the Brown Button Foundation in August 2011 to improve maternal and child health in rural communities where access to health care facilities as well as presence of skilled health care workers is a challenge.
Expectedly, the whole team at Brown Button is delighted at this selection while reiterating it's commitment to the cause of women and children in Nigeria.
Together, we can stop maternal and child deaths.
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Every single day, about 820 children die of Malaria.
As you read this write up, a child is dying of Malaria and another family is committing a child to mother earth as a result of a completely avoidable death. Malaria!
Malaria is a mosquito borne infectious disease which begins with a bite from an infected female Anopheles mosquito which can lead to death. The UN Statistics posit that an estimated 300,000 Nigerians mostly children die yearly from Malaria. Nigeria is amongst 6 countries that account for 47% of malaria cases with a percentage of 25% in sub-Saharan Africa.
On the 25th of April 2013, we commemorate with the globe, the World Malaria Day which is aimed at eradicating malaria across the globe. Brown Button Foundation is reaching out to communities on this day by sensitising them on causes, prevention and...Read more
Our report on Birth Asphyxia as adopted by Okere Nkiruka Faith and published in The Guardian Newspapers, Nigeria's publication of March 12, 2013
I GASPED in awe when I read an article published by Brown Button Foundation about Mr. & Mrs. Adesanya who is growling every day because of Birth Asphyxia. The report goes as follows:
“June 22, 2011 marked the beginning of a series of spiral events which changed the lives of the Adesanya’s forever. Mrs. Adesanya had diligently attended antenatal at Read more
Every single day according to UNICEF, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five years old with many more numbers suffering permanent damage as a result of birth injuries. In November 2012, Nigeria was rated the worst place to give birth. Daily, the damning reality of our position continues to stare us in the face.
On Friday, January 25 2013, a middle aged man walked into our office seeking to speak with us. Well dressed, well read, calmly spoken, he took us on his personal and agonizing journey on the state of maternal and child health in Nigeria associated with government failures, failed medical system, medical negligence and a resounding quest for justice. These stories are not peculiar to our visitor, Mr. Adesanya, but are the everyday stories and experiences many have learnt to live with.
In challenging a failed system, you not only seek justice for wrong done...Read more