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.
Our social enterprise is Mother's Delivery Kits Ventures.
Profits from the sale of the Mother's Kits will be used to further the social objectives of Mother's Delivery Kit Ventures and the Brown Button Foundation, to promote the health of mothers and babies.
Mothers Delivery Kit Ventures has been selected by the renowned Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, USA, for the 2014 Fellowship programme - dedicated to tackling the world’s biggest problems by giving an “unfair advantage” to entrepreneurs creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems. They help each venture scale up to meaningfully impact the lives of over 1 million people.
If we don't raise the full amount to attend the Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Programme, then the funds raised will be used to directly help our beneficiaries, through supplying birth kits and training for birth attendants.
The Unreasonable Institute global program in Boulder, Colorado, USA, is dedicated to tackling the world’s biggest problems by helping and advising entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems. They help each venture scale up to meaningfully impact the lives of over 1 million people.
Entrepreneurs are provided with pro-bono executive coaches, support in sustaining their relationships with relevant mentors and funders, guidance and connections from a dedicated team whose main job is to get these ventures funded, and access to our network of 250+ partners, 100+ mentors, 250+ funders, and 82 ventures from 37 countries.
In the past 4 years, 82 ventures from 37 countries have attended our program in Boulder, CO, USA. Collectively they have raised over $37 million in funding, grown their revenues and teams by over 2.5x within a year after leaving Unreasonable, and have impacted over 2,000,000 lives.