According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 2.5 million new-born deaths occur within the first 21 days of life, with almost 50% of these deaths occurring during the first day of life. Most of these deaths are preventable if the requisite personnel possessing the right knowledge and skills are available at the point of birth.
According to Mrs. Chibuzor Nduaka, her son, Chimdi Ebube Nduaka, had his umbilical cord tied around his neck at birth, thus cutting off oxygen to his brain which led to his developing Cerebral Palsy. The journey of treating him and what her family had to go through exposed her to other women whose babies were having similar challenges. She stated that during her interactions with these women, she realised that many of them preferred to go to traditional birth attendants for their pregnancy care and birthing rather than go to health centres and teaching hospitals with trained and skilled personnel to attend to them. When her child passed away, she decided to start a foundation to help other families who were still on this journey, and to give the society the required support, enlightenment and whatever is necessary to prevent these deaths where possible and support these families where necessary. And that was how the Chimdi Memorial Foundation was born in 2016.
Speaking at a recent training and capacity building session which held in Port Harcourt recently, Mr. Ikenna Oguora, The Speaker of the Metro Parlez-Ment Club, a Non-Profit social and philanthropic Organization, stated that their organization decided to Partner with Chimdi Memorial Foundation to support the training and empowerment of traditional birth attendants in the Port Harcourt Environs because the attendants are closest to the poorest members of our society; training the attendants would impact and improve the chances of children who are born to parents that live within the poorest brackets of the Nigerian society, especially within the Port Harcourt Area.
The Capacity Building Session took place on March 27, 2021 at The St. Andrew’s Primary School, Mile 1 Diobu, Port Harcourt at 09:30a.m. The Event was a Maternity Childbirth workshop in collaboration with Chimdi Nduaka Memorial Foundation focused on Traditional Birth Attendants (Midwives). Professionals in the Industry were brought to impart knowledge and practical skills that may be required during childbirth emergencies. Emergency Kits were provided for each participant and they were also taught how to use same. Though the initial plan was for 20 Participants, we ended up with 32 Participants. The Club accommodated the extra 12 persons and made provision for the additional Kits.
A second workshop is slated for June 2021 to take place in the Town/Borokiri Axis of Port Harcourt.
The Metro Parlez-Ment Club has impacted the lives of over 2000 indigent people in different parts of Nigeria over the past 14 years of its existence according to its Speaker, and its focus is to continue to impact the lives of Nigerians and to encourage other Nigerians to do same as we strive to build a better and more inclusive society. To learn more about the Club and how you can support our outreaches, please visit https://phparliament.org/index.php