Do you know that in Benin, in West Africa, for every 1,000 births at least 30 babies will not survive their first month of life and some do not even make it through their first day? Unfortunately, this is very common in low resource countries.
WHO WE ARE: Day One Health is a non-profit 501(c)3 registered in California that is promoting maternal and child health in numerous countries in Africa and Asia, through the distribution of appropriate, sustainable and highly effective medical devices and training.
WHAT ARE WE DOING: we are trying to raise upwards of $50,000 USD to support intensive newborn care activities in six hospitals in Benin. We have already implemented a successful pilot program in the country but much more is needed in order to save the lives of delicate newborns. This program is entirely based on the amazing work of Dr. Nicole Rouvinez Bouali, a Canadian Professor specializing in Newborn Care who has volunteered her free time in Benin for more than 10 years, teaching doctors and nurses and contributing to the creation of a nursing curriculum in newborn care. There are now 7 hospitals in Benin that are well trained and are very motivated to save infants in need. However they lack the most essential devices to ensure the survival of the most critical newborns. 100% of all the donations received in this campaign will go directly to the hospitals in Benin, paying for the essential neonatal technologies needed and for the specific training provided by a volunteer nurse from Canada. And the good news – you can get a tax receipt for your donation! Please read below for more information on our fundraiser, and how you can help today to save the lives of delicate newborn at-risk in Benin!
SHORT BACKGROUND: In Benin, like in most low-income countries, mortality during the neonatal period (before 28 days of life) is still very high and it is becoming a very large proportion of child mortality - we really need to focus a lot of effort in the early neonatal period. One of the reasons of this high newborn mortality is the lack of access to innovative medical technologies in most of the developing world. Benin has made great progress in the past twenty years to improve access to maternal and child health services; however significant challenges remain. Newborn care in particular needs a lot of attention, because neonatal mortality (32 per 1,000 live births) is currently the single most important contributor to under-five year mortality in Benin. Day One Health is an NGO dedicated to promoting effective newborn care in low resource countries by the provision of appropriate and sustainable medical devices, that are produced in Vietnam by MTTS – Medical Technology Transfer and Services, a social enterprise leader in the production of effective cost technologies for low resource countries. Sample technologies were introduced in some hospitals in Benin a few years ago where they are working very well and saving a lot of lives. However, the need is much greater and the hospitals really need many more devices to treat infants suffering from respiratory problems, prematurity and jaundice.
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED: 100% of the donations received will be used to purchase, ship and install the machines to the 7 selected hospitals in Benin, plus they will cover the trip costs of 2 volunteer nurses from Canada for a series of teaching sessions dedicated to intensive newborn care nursing using the donated equipment. The hospitals that will receive the donation are the following ones: CNHU Cotonou, Humel Cotonou, Porto Novo Hospital, Abomey Hospital, Zone Hospital Parakou, Zone Hospital Calavi. Each hospital will receive a set of devices that includes CPAP machines for respiratory distress, Phototherapy for Jaundice treatment, Infant warmers for hypothermia and a kit of nursing tools for resuscitation. We will follow the entire process of donation, from production to the shipping of the devices, from the installation in the hospital to the training and their use, publishing regular updates on this campaign on the fundraising website and on the Day One Health website (www.dayone-health.org) and our social media.
HOW CAN YOU HELP: You can help save the lives of at-risk infants in Benin by donating any amount of money to this campaign. You can also help by forwarding this initiative to the people you know and ask them to do the same: you may save a life just with a computer click! The more people know about our fundraiser, the greater the chance of providing all the devices needed by the hospitals to fight against infant mortality.
So please post this campaign on your social media, blog, website and send the link by email!
If anyone has any questions on the campaign, or Day One Health in general, please feel free contact us at any time at the following email email@example.com or visit the website www.dayone-health.org
Thank you very much for your attention and support!
Dr. Nicole Rouvinez Bouali, Alessandra Albertini, Luciano Moccia