On the 13th of September 2023, SLNI carried out an outreach program at Dawaki Primary Health Care Centre aimed to provide support and Maternal Health education to pregnant women. The primary objectives were to:
- Distribute mosquito nets to pregnant mothers to prevent malaria, which is prevalent during pregnancy.
- Distribute Birthing Kits to equip pregnant mothers with essential birthing kits to promote safe deliveries.
- Carry out health talks to deliver informative sessions on maternal health, post-natal and ante-natal care, nutrition, malaria prevention, and breastfeeding.
- Welcome speech: The program began with a welcome speech to the pregnant mothers who were in attendance.
- Health Talks:
- Maternal Health: SLNI health workers shared information on the importance of regular check-ups which could aid in the early detection of complications, and maintaining overall maternal well-being.
- Post-natal and antenatal care: Mothers were educated on the significance of proper care during pregnancy and the postpartum period, including check-ups, vaccinations, and nutrition.
- Nutrition: SLNI’s staff provided guidance on balanced diets to support healthy pregnancies and foster proper fetal development.
- Malaria Prevention: There were Discussions on the risks of malaria during pregnancy and mothers were educated on preventive measures.
- Breastfeeding: Furthermore, the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child were explained, offering guidance on proper breastfeeding techniques.
- Distribution of Mosquito Nets: SLNI made Provision for twenty-five (25) mosquito nets to be given to pregnant women to prevent malaria, a common health concern during pregnancy.
- Distribution of Birthing Kits: Twenty-four (24) birthing kits were also distributed to pregnant mothers to promote safe deliveries.
The outreach program conducted by SLNI was a valuable initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of pregnant women in the community. Through the distribution of mosquito nets, birthing kits, and informative health talks, we took significant steps towards promoting maternal health, preventing malaria, and enhancing the knowledge of expectant mothers. Despite the challenges faced, the program was a success, and we believe that with continued efforts and community involvement, we can make a lasting impact on maternal health in the region.