We are a women’s health charity (NGO) involved with the welfare and clinical management of pregnant and non-pregnant women. We perform ethical research on pregnant women especially in the areas of maternal medicine eg hypertension/diabetes in pregnancy, sickle cell disease in pregnancy, etc. We also follow up their care and support them during their hospital admissions as necessary.
For non-pregnant women, we focus on reproductive health matters such as prevention of cervical and endometrial cancers by counselling and screening.
We are particularly interested in the reduction of maternal mortality in Nigeria. Our Executive Director is a female Obstetrician and Gynaecologist- Dr Bosede B. Afolabi and most of our Directors and Volunteers are in the health care sector.
Research & Measurement
We have undertaken extensive research in sickle cell disease on both pregnant and non-pregnant women.
- To determine if there is difference in plasma sodium and potassium levels, between pregnant and non-pregnant patients with haemoglobin AA on the one hand and haemoglobin SS on the other hand.
- To determine if there is a difference in urinary excretion of sodium and potassium, between the pregnant and non-pregnant patients in both groups.
- To determine if there is a difference in plasma levels of aldosterone, vasopressin, progesterone and prolactin, between the pregnant and non-pregnant patients in both groups.
- To compare the differences in electrolyte and hormone levels of one haemoglobin genotype group with the other. Prostacyclin, kallikrein between the pregnant patients.
This research study took about six years to complete as it was a major study with several groups of women being recruited and studied at different periods in pregnancy. Some of the samples were also analysed in the UK. The full details are available at the following URL: http://etheses.nottingham.ac.uk/2073/.
We found that non-pregnant women with sickle cell already had a very high plasma volume (i.e. the fluid part of blood) and that when they get pregnant, there is no increase in this fluid unlike what is found in AA pregnant women.We also found that some chemicals in their blood (renin) did not increase as much as in AA pregnant women and this may be the reason the fluid of the blood did not rise.We will be doing further studies to see whether some other chemicals ( thromboxane and prostacyclin) are also abnormal in them and if so, we may be able to treat them with some simple drugs during pregnancy that will allow them to have this beneficial increase in plasma (blood fluid).
Other services include:
- Free cervical and breast cancer screening across Lagos State.We had series of reproductive health awareness and cervical cancer screening programs. The maiden edition took place in Wasimi Public Health Centre on 7th February, 2009 during which 80 women were screened. A total of 257 women were screened and advised on reproductive health issues.
- Blood donation drive program. We organise a blood donation drive in order to increase the pool of blood available for patients in the hospital. This is because a lot of people are dying daily from unavailability of blood. In particular, a high percentage of maternal deaths (i.e. death during pregnancy and childbirth) is as a result of bleeding that could easily have been treated by prompt blood transfusion. Members of MRH and individuals from the private sector are contacted regularly to donate blood voluntarily in order to solve this problem.
- Regular workshops, seminars &health talks for women.
- Fund raising for patients who have a high likelihood of successful treatment but cannot afford such treatment.
- Donations to indigent & deserving patients, especially women & children with their medical bills as much as possible.
- Training and dissemination of information.
- We advise pregnant women about the problems that can occur during pregnancy and childbirth during a weekly antenatal clinic.
- We offer free advice and prescription to young female adults regarding their reproductive health and contraception on a free walk-in basis, weekly.