What was the defining moment that you led to this innovation?
The defining moment was during our lectures at the Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP) where we were presented with astonishing statistics of Maternal mortality and morbidity. This appealed to my conscience and I started thinking of what to do to stem the tide. It was also discovered that the the greater percentage of those deaths were from developing countries and amongst the rural poor communities. It was also pointed out that most of these deaths were as a result of mishandling pregnancies and non attendance of recognised Health facilities. I then came up with this idea, that since the rural women patronize the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) more than the Health Facilities, there is need to strengthen the Traditional Birth Attendants Institution. [The Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP) was funded by Mac Arthur Foundation and implemented by the Pathfinder International, Nigeria].
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
The social innovator behind this idea is me and my believe that no matter how you encourage pregnant women to attend Health clinics, some would still resolve to visiting the Traditional Birth Attendants. This is borne out of their strong believe in the traditional and cultural institutions. This project addresses this believe and mentality in that it seeks to strengthen the capacity of those traditional institutions so that they would also be able to deliverf qualitative health care services. By this, therefore, no matter the choice or preference of the the Pregnant woman, that is, either to patronize the Health Facility or the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), she would still obtain quality health care since the TBAs have been trained and empowered.
How did you first hear about Changemakers?
If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company
Through the Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP) Network