USAID, UNFPA Facilitate Donation of Birth Kits to Displaced Populations in Borno State

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has received 400 birth kits from Deluxe Childbirth Services (DSC)—a medical services firm—as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility program.   The kits is to support pregnant women in internally displaced persons settlements in Boko Haram-affected communities in Borno State. 

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) facilitated the transfer of the birth kits by identifying UNFPA as the partner organization that will take receipt of the kits.  Also, the Expanded Social Marketing Project in Nigeria transported the birth kits free of charge to the UNFPA warehouse in Kaduna.

Accompanied with the birth kits are 400 doses of Chlorhexidine—an antibiotic gel that prevents cord infection in newborns.

Speaking at the ceremony, USAID Deputy Director, Julie Koenen said, “The U.S. Government will continue to support further collaboration between the private sector and the development community in Nigeria.”

While UNFPA will train skilled birth attendants on the use of the birth kits, the products will be distributed in three settlements for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri.  

Stating the importance of the donation, Ratidzai Ndhlovu, UNFPA Country Representative said: “By 2015, 60,000 births are expected in IDP camps.  UNFPA anticipates that the donation of these 400 birth kits will be an additional tool for improving the health of newborn babies in the camps.”

Each birth kit contains an absorbent delivery mat, three infant diapers, one bar of anti-bacterial soap, one scalpel, one bottle of methylated spirit, 10 sanitary pads, five pieces of gauze, a pack of cotton wool, two sterilized gloves, infant cord clamps and one mucus extractor.

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