// December 18, 2017

True Impact: Helping Babies Thrive in Nigeria

In Nigeria, mothers frequently deliver their babies at home—only 36 percent deliver at health care facilities. Giving birth without the assistance of trained healthcare providers leaves babies vulnerable to infections, and some can be fatal. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 400,000 babies die annually from infections, including neonatal sepsis, an infection that occurs when bacteria enters the body through a newly-cut umbilical cord.

Olakunle Ekundayo became a pharmacist to help others in need. And while his career ultimately took a different path, his role today as the CEO of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company has given him the opportunity to impact thousands of newborn lives in Nigeria, and beyond.

Through the Poor Quality of Medicines (PQM) program, a global public health program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by USP, USP inspects the quality of the equipment at Drugfield, makes recommendations for upgrades and provides guidance on improving procedures. USP also offers in-person trainings to introduce new processes and provides technical support.

Visit https://www.usp.org/true-impact/olaku... to continue the journey.