In 2011, I lost a friend at childbirth due to a delay in getting skilled help. Her death puts a face behind every statistic on maternal death I have seen – and that was my turning point. It made me realize how dangerous childbirth has become and how our best are dying giving life.
Realizing that every woman is at risk – and that it could be me anytime, if I do nothing about it, I decided to start my own organization.
Unlike many who see death at childbirth as destiny, I see myself and every woman as potential victims.
In the course of heading my organization, I have watched traditional birth attendants (TBAs) force feed with herbs women who can only be saved by surgery, I have seen hospitals attempt to revive septic women referred too late, and I have witnessed friends die due to lack of facilities and delay in getting skilled attention.
I have seen unskilled TBAs boast of over 250 ante-natal patients while health centers with skilled workers struggle to keep 50 patients. I have watched facilities rot while corruption blooms.
All these motivated me to form my organization.
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..