Dr. Abiodun Adereni has received the 2021 Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award, on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, for his mission to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria via his organization, HelpMum.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HelpMum manufactured and provided protective masks to pregnant women, nursing mothers and traditional birth attendants in over 100 remote communities in Nigeria.
Dr. Abiodun Adereni, who is a young Nigerian doctor, after witnessenning one woman dying every 10 minutes on account of pregnancy, childbirth, and the effects of poverty and inequality among women; He decided to establish HelpMum, with a mission to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.
HelpMum uses simple low cost and digital innovations like the HelpMum Vaccination Tracking System, HelpMum Clean Birth Kits, HelpMum E-Learning Platform, amongst many others. Dr Adereni also renovated a condemned maternity home to launch the HelpMum Digital Health Cafe.
HelpMum launched the first publicly available e-learning platform to train childbirth attendants in rural areas remotely and prevent cases of maternal mortality. Free Mobile Tablets were provided for traditional birth attendants in remote areas to replace on-site training of traditional birth attendants when it wasn’t possible due to the pandemic.
The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes that recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. The grand prize is $100,000, with three additional prizes at $50,000 each. All applicants were evaluated based on individual merit in five key areas, including: global citizenship, proof of concept, disruption, scalability and adaptability.
Dr Adereni received the Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award and a $50,000 cash prize on behalf of HelpMum, being the Founder & CEO, in recognition of his relentless efforts to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.
Additional Awardees who were honored for their innovative work to combat inequality includes; Bina Shrestha, Co-Founder and Director of Build Up Nepal ,who was awarded ‘The 2021 Waislitz Global Citizen Award’; The Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award was presented to Tania Liz Rosas Toro, Founder and CEO of Fundacion el Origen. Also, The Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award was awarded to Jimmy Pham, Founder and CEO of KOTO.
Presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, the award was supported by leading U.S. and Australian-based cellular medicine company, Mesoblast Ltd.
Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, mentioned that, “This year’s Waislitz Global Citizen Award winners are an incredible group of inspiring individuals who persisted in their fight to end extreme poverty despite the challenges that came with the year”. He congratulated the awardees while emphasizing that he would look forward to the continued impact they will make in the years ahead.
Since 2014, The Waislitz Foundation has committed more than $2 million to the Waislitz Global Citizen Awards and the organization’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030.