Little Big Souls, a charity Organization led by its Co-founder, Madam Edith Uyovbukerhi have supported a 16 year girl by name (Monica), who gave birth to twin boys at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in the Western Region when they went to donate items to the hospital.
Madam Uyovbukerhi again, have donated premature incubator machine and other items to the Tarkwa municipal hospital.
Little Big Souls, is a charity Organization recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), that works to improve outcomes for premature babies in five African countries namely: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Guinea and Zimbabwe,
In an interview, the Co-Founder of Little Big Souls, Madam Edith Uyovbukerhi narrated that, she came across Monica at Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital where she has given birth to twins who are boys but, was detained because she could not paid the bills after being discharged.
“We paid for the bills before she was discharged. After that, we have been supporting her with milk, baby dresses, soap, pampers, detol, money etc. to make sure that the babies would be alright since they are tiny”.
Edith Uyovbukerhi revealed that, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital is one of the places they have been visiting to support babies on admission at the Neointensive critical Unit(NICU) with pampers and caps meant for premature babies to cover their heads.
She disclosed that, as part of Little Big Soul’s plan to renovate the Kangaroo Mother care center of the hospital, they have had talks with the hospital authorities to conclude on the commencement and completed date.
In addition, Madam Edith Uyovbukerhi said, Little Big Souls is also putting measures in place to donate some equipment to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital by the end of April this year saying, they have already done some donations to Tema General Hospital.
Madam Uyovbukerhi was an expectant mother on holiday in 2003’s Ghana when she suddenly had to deliver her third child. Tejie, who was born premature (weeks before the usual nine months gestation) lived only three weeks before passing away.
Uyovbukerhi describes the death as “truly avoidable, if there had been extra resources”. The hospital she’d chosen didn’t have enough nursing staff in its maternity ward to ensure proper care for all the babies.
As her answer to doing something in her child’s name to bring hope and life to others, Uyovbukerhi and her lawyer sister Chief Mrs. Yvonne-frances Igweh founded LittleBigSouls, a charity recognised by the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) that works to improve outcomes for premature babies in five African countries: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Guinea and Zimbabwe.
Prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under age five with about 1 million babies – more than one in every ten – dying every year.
The WHO suggests that half of premature deaths in low income settings are due to a lack of mostly basic care such as provision of warmth, breastfeeding support, care for infections, and the more advanced care in handling breathing difficulties. Nearly all premature babies survive in developed health systems though.