PROGRAMS | MATERNAL & INFANT HEALTH PROGRAM
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 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 this special program, we screen thousands of women and children for anemia. We also cover the cost of prenatal care and anemia treatment for 300 vulnerable pregnant women each month.
We are the ONLY partner in Nigeria using Masimo Inc.'s innovative, noninvasive handheld 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.
Masimo provided the technology and initial financial support to start this initiative. We thank our friend Guyan Randall for making this partnership possible!