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Scheme to educate refugee mothers expanded

31 December 2015, 09:42Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja -? The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has announced its intention to extend its routine antenatal curriculum class to expectant mothers at refugee camps around the country.

This follows the success of the scheme at the internally displaced people's (IDPs) camp in Wassa Abuja, in commemoration of the International Migrants Day recently.

WBFA’s Founder and President, Toyin Saraki, who is also the Inaugural Goodwill Ambassador of the International Confederation of Midwives, inspired this initiative.

Having assessed the outcome of the initial antenatal class conducted at the IDP Camp in Wassa, Saraki expressed her concerns about the heightened level of risk that pregnant women and their newborns face at the camps.

This is due to malnutrition and overcrowded living conditions.

Also Read: Measures are in place to ensure IDPs return home - Buhari

“Pregnant women all over the world are the same; they all need support and information,” Saraki said.

Saraki also expressed her concern about the health conditions at the IDP camps and how it impacts on the children. 

She highlighted the urgent need to take steps geared towards securing their immediate health and long-term future.

WBFA’s #MaternalMonday antenatal class are a tool to educate expectant and new mothers about their health and that of their babies. 

WBFA’s Abuja Programmes Manager, Dr Yewande Ayoola, said WBFA was particularly committed to the health and wellbeing of women and children, who had limited control over their health.

"By taking our antenatal classes to the IDP camps, we will not only equip expectant mothers with health information but also strengthen their resolve in childbirth and restore their dignity in motherhood,” Ayoola said.

- CAJ News

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