Adepeju Jaiyeoba of Brown Button Foundation: Revamping Rural Maternal Health Care
Brown button foundation is a nonprofit organization that trains birth attendants in rural villages in Nigeria.
The company has trained more than 8,000 birth attendants across the country who have also gone on to train others.
The organization was founded by Adepeju Jaiyeoba who lost her friend due to pregnancy and childbirth related complications. This, and the fact that she saw women giving birth on bare floors, birth attendants severing umbilical cord with rusty blades or broken glass, jolted her into action.
She was also inspired to launch the Mother’s Delivery Kit after a baby was infected with tetanus because a rusty blade was used on the infant. The Mother’s delivery kit is a social enterprise that provides affordable sterile supplies for childbirth. So far, over 50,000 kits have been delivered.
Adepeju holds a degree in Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a certificate in Global Change Leadership from the Coady International Institute in Canada. She also participated in the 2013 Global Change Leaders program.
Kudos to Adepeju for effecting such positive change.
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