Leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria, has renewed its partnership with Millennium Promise (MP) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, to provide quality healthcare to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five years in Pampaida, Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, under the hugely successful Millennium Villages Project.
The Millennium Villages project, an initiative of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a science-based bottom-up approach to lifting rural villages out of the poverty trap that afflicts more than a billion people worldwide. The community-driven initiative currently operates in 12 sites in 10 sub-Saharan African countries where it tackles challenges related to health& nutrition, education, agriculture, livelihoods, gender equality and other vital issues.
Under the new agreement with Millennium Promise , Airtel is currently leveraging on its robust 3.75G Network to deploy a sophisticated mobile-phone platform dubbed CommCare to help support Community Health Workers (CHWs)and Home Based Care Providers to provide better, more efficient healthcare to the targeted beneficiaries.
The CommCare platform will also aid better supervision and coordination of community health programmes, providing a guide to Community Health Workers and assisting them with an electronic questionnaire to collate data on the pregnancy, birth and condition of the infants as well as wellbeing of mothers.
The system will also guide Community Health Workers to refer infants or mothers that are in need of medical attention, thus addressing one of the key barriers to reducing neonatal and maternal mortality.
According to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel is committed to providing communications solutions that will help to improve the quality of life of people in Pampaida, Kaduna, Northern Nigeria.
“We are creating enormous opportunities for these communities in Northern Nigeria and we expect the impact of this project to outlive our generation. At Airtel Nigeria, we are convinced that the attendant benefits and potential of this project will fast-track transformation of the lives of many of the residents of Pampaida from their current status,” he said.
Pampaida is located in Kaduna State and it comprises 57 settlements/villages with a total population of about 27, 000 people divided into about 4, 050 households. It has four health centres in Saulawa, Kwari, Fadama Kale and Pampaida, located in Saulawa district Ikara Local Government Area, where the Village Health Workers serve.

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