The Foundation was formed in 2011 to help curb the high infant and maternal mortality rates recorded in Nigeria – thereby saving more lives, provide support for pregnant women, and advocating for their reproductive rights. Its main beneficiaries are women, girls, and health service providers.
According to the 2011 Maternal Health Task Force Info graphics, Nigeria loses an alarming 36,666 women yearly to maternal related deaths.
(ref: Maternal Health Task Force's website – an organisation that contributes to shaping collective efforts to improve maternal health nationwide).
In rural areas, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) puts the rate at 1,000 deaths per 100,000 live births. We train traditional birth attendants, establish a ‘refer and reward’ system for them to encourage timely referrals, sensitize the populace, and equip or upgrade delivery facilities at health centers.
The country is faced with poverty due to corruption with high maternal mortality due to harmful traditional and cultural beliefs relating to childbirth, as well as failing infrastructures.
Traditional and cultural beliefs include:
Brown Button Foundation has been able to commence the extension and upgrade of a health center and provision of delivery facilities in Latawa community.
The foundation has also commenced the training of birth attendants in Nigeria starting with Ogun state. Family planning methods and training are also rendered.
Brown Button Foundation (BBF) is located in Alimosho Local Government, towards the outskirts of Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, but its activities spread across Nigeria..