Uche Kenneth Udekwe, graduate of the University of Technology Akure and also an alumnus of the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), is the Founder of Natal Care, a social enterprise with a mission to reduce maternal and infant mortality from complications of pregnancy or delivery.
Uche believes that “No Human Life is too big to be saved and too small to be lost. All Human Lives are Valuable.” And he has taken it upon himself to use technology to address the issue of prenatal and postnatal mortality rate in Nigeria, with focus at the grassroots level.
With Natal Care, Uche and his team are able to use simple mobile devices, via bi-weekly SMS and weekly calls, to provide medical monitoring and emergency services, as well as other health care services like scheduled medical checks, immunization reminders for breastfeeding mothers, common health symptoms, family planning tips and more.
Uche has also been a very strong advocate of the grassroots, especially pregnant women and nursing mothers in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps all across Nigeria, having access to healthcare services in primary healthcare centers.
Uche was also a recipient of the YALI Leadership Award On Health and Well-Being (September 2018), where his efforts on tackling mortality rate in Nigeria were recognized as well asThe Future Awards Africa (TFAA) Prize for Advocacy (2018)