HelpMum received a $250,000 grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a global philanthropist leveraging technology to build a sustainable future for all.
With the aim of optimizing the allocation of interventions that will improve immunization rates in Nigeria, the fund will enable HelpMum to implement and integrate an AI-based framework called ADVISER, into its health monitoring system. existing HelpMum vaccination.
Founded by Dr. Abiodun Adereni, the social enterprise was created to reduce the high infant and maternal mortality rate that exists in Nigeria. It distributes affordable clean delivery kits to pregnant women in disadvantaged and underserved communities, registers mothers on its immunization tracking system, trains community birth attendants using an e-learning platform, and completes the renovation of the very unsanitary and deteriorated state of the houses of community birth attendants.
After launching in 2017, HelpMum also branched out into e-commerce, allowing mothers to buy everything they need in one store. Her app, which includes subscription-based pregnancy tracking, allows mothers to save for the birth of their child and talk to doctors, as well as therapists.
The startup claims to have sold over 10,000 units of mother and baby products – including the HelpMum Clean Birth Kit – with over 60,000 breastfeeding mothers registered on the immunization tracking system and over 2,000 community health workers using the online learning platform.
Helping achieve its goal so far, HelpMum has received a total of $500,000 from multiple grants. They include $250,000 from Google, $5,000 from the United Nations, $50,000 from Global Citizen and $55,000 from Facebook.