Tiny Beating Hearts Initiative was incorporated in September 2013 and by November we joined organizations and individuals around the world to commemorate the Day with the global theme “Prevention is the Next Frontier”. Consequently, our strategy and activities centered around awareness creation through a 10 KM road walk in Lagos and a public lecture.
With a musical band, banners and flyers, we walked the 10 KM distance from Maryland to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja. The Walk presented opportunity to distribute flyers and handbills to motorists and pedestrians along the route.
At the end of the Walk, Dr. Elizabeth Disu, a Consultant Paediatrician, presented a lecture to an audience comprising health workers, public health advocates, media and members of the public. True to the theme of WPD 2013, she focused on educating her audience and the general public on ways to prevent prematurity.
She went a step further to educate on what needs to be done when a premature baby is born. Using the letters of the first word of the name of this initiative, Dr. Disu talked about the need for Temperature control, Infection prevention, optimal Nutrition and the role of You and I as the public can play to ensure babies born preterm are giving a strong fighting chance.
On the same day, Tiny Beating Hearts Initiative was represented at the National Commemoration hosted in Abuja by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation in partnership with other organisations.
Additionally, the TBHI team in Jos, Plateau State carried out awareness through Radio and community engagement.