HelpMum is an organisation dedicated to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria. They achieve this via mobile healthcare technology and aim to be Africa’s leading mobile healthcare service provider before the year 2023.
HelpMum was founded by Dr. Abiodun Adereni. The budding startup uses mobile technology and low-cost birth kits to tackle maternal and infant mortality. They also provide clean birth kits to ensure that pregnant women are given the best possible care during delivery.
In addition to providing birth kits, HelpMum uses a Vaccination Tracking System (VTS) to send SMS reminders to nursing mothers to take their babies for immunisation. This is done after a person must have logged on to the startup’s website and filled in the required details to register.
The automated tracker system currently has 11,230 registered nursing mothers who regularly receive immunisation reminders. The reminders are delivered to women in indigenous languages. This allows for easier communication and helps mothers protect their kids against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.
Also, the startup provides training for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) on the use of its delivery kits and provides them with the lifesaving drug, Misoprostol, to curb postpartum hemorrhage. This helps women in disconnected communities where access to proper healthcare is limited.
Since inception, the platform has received various grants to help them scale their impact. One of which is the Google Impact Challenge grant of $250,000 received in 2018. That same year, they also received the United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) grant of $5,000.