Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Safety Health and Empowerment(S.H.E) project for under-served women in Nigeria
Explain your project in details:
"Every 10 minutes one woman dies in Nigeria as a result of Child birth (UNICEF). Nigeria has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.The uptake of routine immunization / vaccination remains poor due to several factors including lack of awareness on its importance and misconceptions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 33 percent of all neonatal deaths are attributed to infectionsprincipally neonatal tetanus and sepsis. One of the main factors contributing to the high incidence of neonatal and maternal tetanus and sepsis is that the majority of deliveries take place under unhygienic circumstances. Furthermore, malaria remains a foremost killer infection in Nigeria. According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 11 per cent of maternal deaths in Nigeria are a result of malaria. Due to poverty, lack of well-equipped medical facilities and pregnancy health information many women in rural communities continue to die from causes which could have otherwise been prevented, if they had access to these basic items and information. This unique four- fold service provides preventive solutions to the leading causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria. It comprises: 1.Pregnancy health training- Provides pregnancy health information and sensitization in rural communities to promote health and increase antenatal/postnatal attendance, uptake of immunization/vaccination and delivery at health facility. Women of childbearing age are reached through women leaders in the community. 2.Blood Pressure checks: Women receive free blood pressure checks to ascertain their blood pressure levels and raise awareness on dangers of high blood pressure in pregnancy and the need for regular antenatal visits to keep track. 3.Provision of treated bed nets: To help prevent malaria which is caused by mosquito bites. 4. Distribution of Clean delivery Kits:The delivery kits contain high quality essential items like delivery mats, sterile gloves, antiseptic liquid, cotton wool, scalpel blade,pads and more.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
This projects promotes the health and well being of individuals and tackles the problem of maternal and infant mortality. It also promotes inclusiveness by ensuring that women in rural areas are not left behind in accessing essential items and services during pregnancy and delivery. We have provided our services to less privileged women in Abia State Nigeria. Beneficiaries were provided with relevant information in their local language that can help them make more informed decisions about their health in pregnancy. They received blood pressure checks, treated bed nets and delivery kits. Our monitoring records show that 70% of beneficiaries have now enrolled for antenatal care. There is compliance on kit usage and behavior changes have been observed among beneficiaries, who now sleep under treated bed nets, avoid unhygienic birth practices and receive vaccinations. Women leaders are invited to be part of the training sessions, to encourage community- led change. The women leaders are mandated to continue sensitizing other women in the community on lessons learnt, to ensure that even more women are impacted by this project.
Sustainability and future plans
Nnadozie Foundation is a non-profit organization so most of our funding will come from donations, membership subscriptions and grants. We will also give beneficiaries opportunity to make voluntary contributions to the project. As the project grows, we will seek strategic partnerships with State Governments and International development Organization to improve and sustain our work. In the long term the delivery kits will be sold to members of the public and profits made will be used to continue to fund the project. We will forge partnerships with health providers to make the delivery kits available in health centres across Nigeria at affordable rates.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Mrs. Judith Ukagwu is 35 years old. She holds a masters degree in Business administration and a Bachelors of science degree in Estate management from Abia state university Uturu. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of personnel management of Nigeria and a graduate of the Nigerian institute of management. She is a passionate social entrepreneur who is committed to seeing positive change in her community. She has successfully facilitated the training and empowerment of disadvantaged women and girls in rural communities of Abia state, Nigeria.