PROGRAMS | Clinton Global Initiative
We lead a special Clinton Global Initiative to fight anemia in Nigeria
Anemia is a dangerous scourge, but we are fighting it together in Nigeria.
Anemia is a condition in which not enough healthy red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. The poor blood oxygen levels and blood vessel blockages that result lead to chronic, agonizing pain, severe infections, organ failure and potential death.
Close to 500,000 maternal deaths ascribed to childbirth or early post-partum occur every year, the vast majority taking place in the developing world. Anemia is the major contributory or sole cause in 20-40% of such deaths.
Anemia is a factor in almost all maternal deaths, and it poses a 5-fold increase in the overall risk of maternal death related to pregnancy and delivery.
Through the Clinton Global Initiative, we partner with the medical technology company Masimo Inc. to screen and treat women and children in Nigeria for anemia. Read about this program on the Clinton Foundation website HERE.
We are 1 of only 4 partners in all of Africa using Masimo's innovative, noninvasive handheld hemoglobin monitors to quickly and painlessly screen patients.
Testing for anemia is often not performed in Africa because it traditionally requires invasive blood draws and lab analysis, which are either too expensive or not readily available.
By allowing for quick, widespread testing, our program has a unique and significantly positive impact on maternal and child health outcomes in Nigeria.
We screen thousands of Nigerian women and children and underwrite treatment for some of the poorest and most vulnerable.
Masimo, Inc. provided the technology and financial support to start this initiative. We also thank our friend Guyan Randall for making this partnership possible!