HACEY to donate 30,000 dose of IPTp-SP, 10,000 malaria rapid test kits
To improve maternal health outcomes, HACEY health initiative under the Impact Health project would donate 30,000 doses of Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in pregnancy using Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) and 10,000 Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test kits to health facilities in Oyo.
HACEY has been working closely with the ministry of health, using mobile health (mHealth) technology to curb maternal and child mortality and morbidity. The mortality and morbidity rate in mothers and their babies have become quite alarming over the years.
Speaking ahead of the event, scheduled to hold today, the Executive Director of the Organisation, Rhoda Robinson, in a statement, said: “Nigeria accounts for about 20 per cent of global maternal deaths with a maternal mortality ratio of 814 deaths per 100,000 live births, leaving it among the highest in the world. High maternal mortality rates and newborn death remains a pressing public health concern in Nigeria.” This places Nigerian women at greater risk compared to those in developed countries.
The Impact Health project seeks to improve the performance and service of primary healthcare givers in the state by creating a platform to improve capacity building, supervision, support and motivation.
So far, the Impact Health project has supported the collection of health information across 21 local governments, in over 60,000 households through its digital intervention, Family Health Survey mobile application. As part of the contribution of the project, 350 health workers and 95 primary healthcare officials have been trained on the use of the Quick QNC application for the administration and capturing of IPTp-SP and the Malaria rapid diagnostic tests.
These developments came in the wake of the State’s health campaign, tagged, “Tomotiya.”
Also speaking, Project lead, Kemi Omole said, “the Impact health project has supported in the collection of health information across 21 local governments in the state, covering over 60,000 households using the Family Health Survey mobile application. We have also trained 350 health workers and officials across 95 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in implementing LGAs on the use of the Quick ANC application for the administration and capturing of IPTp-SP and malaria rapid diagnostic tests.
The occasion will host dignitaries as it marks the official handover of the commodities to the implementing health facilities. A total of 275 android smartphones has been distributed among supervisors from the 17 supported LGAs, facilities engaged in the project have also received 2 android smartphones to facilitate the use of the Impact health application.