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WBFA Launches 10 Breastfeeding Initiative Steps

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To commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week 2016, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), an NGO dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in Nigeria, has launched 10 breastfeeding initiative steps for both mothers and healthcare givers. To learn more about breastfeeding and lactation visit this page.

The 10 steps were launched by the Foundation’s MamaCare Midwives in some parts of the country, namely; Lagos and Kwara States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, during their MamaCare Classes, as part of its activities to celebrate the World Breastfeeding Week.

In line with the celebrations, the Founder and President of the Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki, chaired the Civil Society for Scaling-up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) Stakeholders’ meeting on the 3rd of August in Abuja, where she spoke on the importance of breastfeeding and nutrition in the life of every child.

Mrs Saraki went on to pay a visit to Dutse-Alhaji Primary Health Centre, where the MamaCare Ante-natal class was holding, with expectant mothers receiving health education.

During her visit to the health centre, she encouraged the women; emphasized on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding; and also went on to announce a new scheme that will be introduced for the benefit of mothers and children.

The purpose of the scheme is to assist expectant mothers save for the First 1000Days of their child, from conception.

Also, the Country Director of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, attended the Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Workshop on the Nigeria Breast milk Substitutes (BMS) Code, as organised by Alive & Thrive, FH 360, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

To round off celebrations of the World Breastfeeding Week, Mrs Saraki, on Thursday 4th of August, 2016 featured in #UnaWakeUpShow, a Radio program on Wazobia FM which was anchored by On-Air-Personalities, Bigmo and Nyanga.

Mrs Saraki took time to speak on the Ten (10) Breastfeeding Initiative steps for both mothers and healthcare givers, advising mothers on the DOs and DON’Ts of breastfeeding practices. These steps included:

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Mothers

  1. Lubricating the nipple, frequently pulling out the nipple to promote prominence and enabling baby to latch properly
  2. Regular cleansing of the nipple and the areola in preparation for breastfeeding
  3. Mothers should initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth
  4. Wear a nursing bra that is a size larger; avoid underwire bras and wear clothes that enable you flip your bra under, not over your breast while nursing
  5. Make sure the baby is well positioned at the breast; latch on correctly and breastfeed on demand
  6. Change your baby’s feeding position but ensure baby finish feeding at one breast before switching in order to empty the breast sufficiently
  7. Vary nursing positions throughout the day, at least once during each feed; position the baby so that the jaw points towards the plug.
  8. Mothers should sit comfortably, and take the baby to the breast and not the breast to the baby to avoid back pain while breastfeeding
  9. Wash your hands after each of these procedures: before touching your breasts, diaper change, using the bathroom – and change bra pads frequently
  10. Mothers should express breast milk, and preserve for not more than eight hours in order to maintain lactation even when they are separated from their infants.

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Medical Providers

Every facility that provides maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Ensure newborn infants have no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Rooming-in: Allow mothers and infants remain together – 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeed infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

The WBFA Founder also took out time to speak on domestic violence. “The strength of a man should not be measured by the weakness, or submissiveness of a woman; we are all partners, whose strengths, and weaknesses should holistically become a stronger unit, together,” she said.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Stanbic IBTC Gives Better Conditions for Healthcare Loan

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Healthcare practitioners intending to get short-term funding support to expand their operations can now do so with better terms from Stanbic IBTC Bank.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, introduced a package called Healthcare Short-term Loan, which many stakeholders in the health industry have accessed.

In order to make it easier for practitioners to access the credit facility for an improved healthcare sector in the country, the lender has upgraded its short-term loan solution within the healthcare value chain.

This upgrade ensures a flexible repayment period, with an affordable interest rate and zero collateral to enable sector players to access better financing and achieve optimal service delivery.

The healthcare loan, which now offers a longer tenor of 12 months, affordable interest rate and zero collateral, will foster more investment in the sector and enhance strategic relationships to generate new businesses.

Speaking at the Medic West Africa Conference, the Head of Specialized Sectors at Stanbic IBTC Bank, Ms Jane Ike-Okoli, noted that effective collaboration between financial institutions and healthcare organizations is key to advancing Nigeria’s health sector.

She advised financial institutions to be more intentional about complementing the government’s efforts, saying, “Stanbic IBTC has a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare industry and its intricacies. This knowledge inspires us to continue to design innovative yet affordable solutions to boost healthcare businesses across the country.”

According to her, despite Nigeria being Africa’s largest healthcare market, challenges in the health sector include inadequate healthcare infrastructure and insufficient financing.

“Stanbic IBTC is passionate about driving change, hence our partnership with key stakeholders in the healthcare sector to improve access to healthcare finance.

“We achieve this by offering flexible funding options for healthcare businesses and providers and strategically partnering with the players in the healthcare ecosystem,” she said.

“Our healthcare solutions are tailor-made for businesses in the sector who need working capital to expand healthcare operations, acquire medical equipment, facilitate medical research, and ultimately grow their healthcare businesses,” Ms Ike-Okoli added.

The Head of Coverage, Commercial Clients at Stanbic IBTC Bank, Mr Babatunde Akindele, also stated that the newly improved healthcare short-term loan is a necessary investment.

“Healthcare is a basic need that everyone should access easily. The pandemic has increased the pressure on the health sector by revealing the urgent need to expand healthcare facilities. Stanbic IBTC has taken yet another step in the right direction to improve healthcare infrastructure and enable qualitative service delivery, which will restore the hope of many Nigerians,” he said.

The growth of the Nigerian healthcare sector rests on impactful and innovative finance solutions positioned to create a level playing field for businesses to thrive. Stanbic IBTC has said it remains committed to blazing the trail in this regard.

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UK’s Aide Health Raises £1m to Tackle Hypertension, Pain

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By Adedapo Adesanya 

Aide Health, a London, UK-based health-tech startup, has raised £1 million in pre-seed funding.

The round was led by Hambro Perks through its EIS fund, with participation from Fuel Ventures, 1818 Ventures and APX Ventures.

In a statement made available to Business Post on Friday, the company intends to use the funds to expand its services to include hypertension and chronic pain.

Co-founded by Mr Ian Wharton (CEO) and Mr Brian Snyde, Aide Health is a digital platform that helps patients and their clinicians understand and manage long-term health conditions, such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and IBD, paired with a mobile app for the patient which acts as a co-pilot through their care.

Medical professionals can use Aide Health’s platform to remotely monitor patients with chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and IBD. Patients monitored through the app can also receive medical advice.

“Like many people, I know first-hand the frustrations of trying to manage long-term conditions,” said Mr Wharton, CEO of Aide Health.

“Our goal is to give both patients and clinicians the tools and insights they need to have better conversations and make more informed treatment decisions together,” he added.

On his part, Mr Nicholas Sharp, head of the Hambro Perks Growth EIS Fund, said: “Ian and Brian’s vision and experience impressed us from the start, and we believe that Aide Health has the potential to be a hugely important tool for both clinicians and patients for managing long-term health conditions.”

Using natural language, Aide Health has short, daily conversations to help with the day-to-day management of health conditions through medicines optimisation, structured monitoring and structured education.

The service is currently being used by the UK National Health Scheme (NHS), with a pilot launched earlier this year supporting people aged between 18-75 with asthma or type-2 diabetes.

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How VerveLife Brought Lagos to a Standstill

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As the day dawned on Saturday, November 5, 2022, there was a palpable buzz in the cool Lagos air as thousands of fitness enthusiasts trooped to the Oniru beachfront, specifically the Landmark Event Centre, venue of the VerveLife 5.0 fitness party tagged Never Stop.

Introduced in 2017 by Verve, Africa’s leading payment technology and card and member of the Interswitch Group, VerveLife has grown into a thriving platform, attracting thousands of fitness enthusiasts from Nigeria and beyond.

As the event kicked off at 8:00 am, the dancing queen, Kaffy, opened the event with an electrifying performance in celebration of Interswitch Group’s 20th-anniversary celebrations.

For several hours after, Africa’s premium band, Alternate Sound, thrilled the crowd as attendees were engaged in upbeat dance routines and exciting workouts led by a robust lineup of fitness experts – Kemen, Ihuoma Nwigwe, Isoken Uwaifo, Enoyong, Trebla, Kenyan fitness instructor Alvin Lee, and South African fitness royalty, Queen Fitnass.

In line with the VerveLife 5.0 theme, ‘Never Stop’, there was even more fun to come as other musical acts came on stage to thrill the audience. First was Crayon, who doled out his hit songs one after the other. Just as the audience thought they had had just enough for one day, Niniola hit the stage, and the hall went berserk again, dancing to several of her hit tunes.

At this point, the event was best described as an inexhaustible bar of fun, entertainment and good sweat.

The VeveLife 5.0 experience included a series of build-up events spanning over 12 weeks across eight Nigerian cities and Nairobi, Kenya and culminating in the Lagos grand finale.  Beyond the invigorating fitness routines, games and fun, the overwhelming crowd gave proof to the growing impact the VerveLife Fitness events have been making over the years.

Verve is the leading indigenous payment technology and card brand in Africa, offering simple and cutting-edge payment solutions. Through the VerveLife fitness events, the brand continues to serve as a platform that encourages Africans to maintain a healthy lifestyle through enjoyable and stimulating activities.

This year’s VerveLife fitness event has lived up to its promise of keeping Verve cardholders, and Africans fit and steering them on the path of healthy living while fostering a community of fitness enthusiasts.

Following the resounding success of VerveLife 5.0, one cannot but wonder what to expect from VerveLife 6.0!

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