Jaundice Program is raising an audible voice in South Africa, Nigeria ,Ghana & Globally to honour the million babies that die each year
LittleBigSouls International Charitable Foundation The Voice For The Premature Baby Born In Africa , the First and leading Charity of its kind across Africa for pre-term babies and the Founding Partner/Co-Creator of World Prematurity Day announces the vital World Prematurity Day 2015 globally, marking this year as its 6th Annual World Prematurity LittleBigSouls is a co-founder of World Prematurity Day and represents the African continent within the World Prematurity Network. From inception LittleBigSouls has utilized its EVERY BREATH COUNTS CAMPAIGN to highlight the struggle in the fight against Pre-term Birth.
This year ,Chief Mrs Yvonne Igweh CEO/Founder of LittleBigSouls is proud to announce its Partnership with Natus the leading provider of medical devices, software and services for newborn care, sleep, hearing , neonatal and vital healthcare equipment and are excited to make a strong global impact starting in South Africa with a donation under the LittleBigSouls Equipment Donation and Jaundice Program generously supported by Natus.
This vital impact in the survival and care of babies affected by jaundice is evident in the charitable donation by LittleBigSouls and Natus of the Non-invasive Jaundice/Bilirubin meter(Bilicare) and a Phototherapy light (NeoBlue) to Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth on Friday 6th of November 2015 by Mr. Dale Isacks, Natus International Regional Director Middle East and Africa and Mrs Anna Smith, LittleBigSouls International South Africa Co-ordinator and Representative.
Jaundice occurs in over 60% of newborn and especially affects pre-term babies who may have immature livers and other existing underlying problems, and may not be easily visible on a baby’s skin until levels are exceedingly high. Thus early detection and treatment is vital to prevent complications such as brain damage. The need to be vigilant for jaundice has to be incredibly high immediately from birth.
Ceo/ Founder of LittleBigSouls Chief Mrs Yvonne Igweh states that “LittleBigSouls is incredibly proud of its partnership with Natus and very thankful of their generosity and belief in the mission of LittleBigSouls. We are excited about our ability to greatly impact care and survival outcomes for preterm babies and babies affected with Jaundice. Jaundice can have dire consequences for untreated babies and detection normally requires painful invasive procedures thus our joint efforts under our charitable programs will serve to greatly enhance the life- saving care given to jaundiced babies.
This will in turn further help to eliminate the need for painful invasive tests in jaundice detection, ultimately improve healthcare outcomes of affected babies that may be cared for with the non-invasive meters and phototherapy light, reassuring families and supporting overall the dedicated and hardworking neonatologists and nurses at beneficiary hospitals”.
Fortuitously, the need to detect jaundice early was made evident on the day of donation when a baby presumed to be non-jaundiced that was simply being tested with the non-invasive meter to demonstrate its use was then found to have high bilirubin levels and immediately placed under the newly donated phototherapy light. This effectively helped to prevent jaundice-related complications from the outset highlighting the validity and necessity of this charitable mission. To date the LittleBigSouls Equipment Donation and Jaundice Program has donated equipment to over 5 hospitals in Nigeria and now South Africa.
The work of LittleBigSouls in partnership with Natus highlights the fact that Premature Birth continues to be a global crisis as the tragic facts remain that a baby dies every second across the Globe and 15 million babies are born each year to preterm birth from the Born Too Soon Report .Tragically 1 million babies die each year, 75 percent of which can be saved especially with programs such as the LittleBigSouls -Natus Equipment Donation and Jaundice Program.
LittleBigSouls and Natus are thus pleased to announce their vital partnership and jointly advocate on this great initiative of honouring babies born too early on World Prematurity Day. This gives a voice to voiceless families affected by pre-term birth, providing a platform on which to share their stories, celebrating their miracles and helping to change the care and perception of prematurity and the terribly high death rates it claims daily.
Thus for World Prematurity Day 2015 , across Africa, from South Africa, Nigeria , Ghana, Guinea and throughout Europe. The USA, and Australia Medical professionals, families , Ministries of Health, Government Agencies , the private and public sector and the general public will be simultaneously joining hands to honor the 15 million babies that are born each year prematurely through LittleBigSouls and its World Prematurity Network led initiatives . In Nigeria , in addition to its community outreach LittleBigSouls will be lighting up the Bolingo Hotel and Towers Landmark building in purple as part of the Purple Light Up Campaign. LittleBigSouls is incredibly proud of its celebrity Ambassadors, International Music Star Tuface Ndibia, and leading Nollywood Actors Ejike Asiegbu and Francis Duru who have been with the charity from the outset.
LittleBigSouls’ mission is to fight against the high mortality rates of pre-term birth on the African continent . It achieves this through its fantastic mission programs, utilizing vital partners such as Natus in its LittleBigSouls Pre-term Birth Network and harnessing the collective power of everyone and all nations who support this cause to move governments to prioritize better support of the neonatal healthcare sector, better education of medical professionals, the provision of desperately needed neonatal care equipment and low resource life- saving intervention measures such as Kangaroo care to improve the care and survival of pregnant women and babies born too early to premature birth on the Africa continent and globally.
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