No Human Life is too big to be Saved and too Small to be Lost. All Human Lives are Valuable: Natal Cares says "NO" to Maternal and Infant Mortality in Nigeria
- Uche K. Udekwe
ABOUT NATAL CARES
Natal Cares is a social enterprise with a mission to reduce maternal and infant mortality from complications of pregnancy or delivery specifically focusing on pregnant women and Nursing mothers in IDP Camps (internally Displaced Persons) and Rural disconnected communities in Nigeria. By harnessing the power of mobile technology, we provide critical lifesaving health information and services to pregnant women and Nursing mothers on their mobile phones using their preferred indigenous language. We ensure Up-to-Date Post Natal care tracking on till the age of five.
To harness the power of mobile technology and provide lifesaving health information and services to pregnant women and Nursing mothers especially in IDP Camps and disconnected rural communities.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
According to UNICEF “Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 children under five and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world.” This mortality is majorly as a result of: A broken healthcare chain and the lack of access to clean and affordable birth or Delivery kits in IDP Camps and underserved Rural communities, Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) which is the excessive loss of blood following childbirth. PPH is the leading cause of maternal death in Nigeria and the lack of basic health information, making naïve women believe in fables and myths rather than real information regarding health care. Having identified the causes, we know these deaths are preventable.
To become a global company leading the use of reliable mobile technology and Low Cost Innovations to contribute to reducing maternal and infant mortality rate in Africa.
WHAT SERVICES ARE WE OFFERING
Health Care Information
We provide pregnant women and nursing mothers with vital lifesaving health information, reminders, anti natal care checkups and medical advice in other to improve their health and that of their babies
Mother and Child
We provide a platform where you can join millions of mothers all over the world, sharing awesome experience on child nurturing & its difficulties, and gain great nurturing insights with ever ready healthcare professional and doctors on standby to answer your complex & unanswered question.
We help pregnant women monitor and track possible symptoms that may occur during each pregnancy month. We help Mothers get immediate referrals to reputable health centers and Doctors if symptoms indicate a health risk.
Natal care kit
We provide basic, inexpensive Delivery Kit containing essential supplies required at childbirth to ensure a clean, safe and hygienic delivery to help mothers and newborns avoid acquiring infections during childbirth especially in IDP Camps and disconnected rural communities.
We carry out health care capacity buildings and sensitization programs in IDP Camps and disconnected rural communities. We also train traditional birth attendants and local midwives on latest delivery methods and technique.
MEET THE TEAM
Uche Kenneth Udekwe
Uche Kenneth Udekwe is a Project Manager, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of NATAL CARES. Mr Uche is a graduate of Project Management from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) an EDC (Enterprise Development Center) and YALI Alumni and a pioneer TAMFUND Fellow. He has an Entrepreneurship certificate from the University of BOCONNI Milano Italy. Mr Uche has an excellent Human Relation and communication skills. He can speak SIX major Nigerian languages (English, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Pidgin and Sign Language) fluently. He is very passionate about ICT, especially using ICT for social good. In recognition of his outstanding impact towards reducing maternal and infant mortality in rural disconnected communities and IDP Camps through NATAL CARES, Uche was awarded the prestigious: FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA 2018 on ADVOCACY. He is also a recipient of the first ever 2018 YALI Leadership Award in Health and Well-Being. Mr Uche is an avid lover of classical music especially Mozart and Handel’s music. He is a certified Pianist and Trombonist. A chief Organist in the Apostolic Faith Choir and Orchestra since 2004. He relaxes on the piano by playing Handel and Mozart Pieces. He also loves travelling and meeting new people.
Engineer Charles Nnamdi is a Masters degree Holder in Electrical and Electronics, innovator and the Chief Technology Officer at NATAL CARES. Engineer Charles is a graduate of Electrical/Electronics from the Federal University of technology Akure (FUTA). He is particularly passionate about solving social problems using ICT. A lover of new technologies and innovative trends as well as always seeking to improve skills with every project done. Charles is an Addict Reader and also a huge fan of Classical Music.
Director of medicals
Mrs Sumonu AO is a Masters Degree holder in Public Administration. A certified Nurse and midwife with over 25 years’ experience in public health. She is head of Medicals NATAL CARES.
Joy is a Social Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Natal Cares. Having carried out her Youth Service (NYSC) in a rural community in Adamawa State Nigeria, She has since then, developed an undying passion to use the power of mobile technology and low cost innovations in bridging the healthcare gap between Rural under-served communities and the Urban Communities of Nigeria.
Software Team lead
Sukanmi Ijatuyi is the Software Team Lead at Natal Cares. Having about 7 years Experience in the world of programming, He has more than 2 Years experience in development with PHP, Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Apache Cordova/Ionic, 1 year of Web development with Laravel and Vue.JS, 3 years software application development with .NET, Angular, CI/CD, and Agile/SCRUM. Sukanmi is a Passionate developer and designer focused on making advancement in the world of technology. He is always interested in developing for the enterprise.
Dr Ebenezer Oniya
Business mentor and coach
Dr Akpan Vincent
H.O.D Department of biomedical science FUTA
The Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN) launched the YALI inaugural Award to recognize, celebrate and encourage youths and individuals who are contributing immensely towards the pursuit of the sustainable developmental goals as well as youth and economic development in Nigeria. NATAL CARES won the First Ever YALI Leadership Award in Health and Well-Being
The Future Awards Africa, also known as The Future Awards, are a set of awards given by The Future Project (TFP). The awards celebrate young people between the ages of 18 and 31, who have made outstanding achievement in the year. Forbes has described the awards as “Most important awards for outstanding young Africans” NATAL CARES won The 2018 Future Awards in Health Advocacy.