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What’s in a name? Maimuna’s tells the dramatic story of her birth…

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What’s in a name? Maimuna’s tells the dramatic story of her birth…

The night Amina went into labour, extreme weather and armed robbers stood between her and the medical care she needed.

Thankfully, Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) driver Bilyaminu was determined to help her reach a health facility, and went above and beyond to make sure she delivered safely. Since 2016, ETS has been helping pregnant women in rural communities access vital health services in Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

The night Amina gave birth to her second child, it was raining heavily. As her contractions started, she was worried that the weather would prevent her from reaching a health facility, until her husband remembered an announcement in the local mosque about ETS. He called for a driver, and 15 minutes later, Bilyaminu showed up to transport Amina to a health facility. 

That night, Amina would face numerous obstacles, and was even stopped by armed robbers in the car on the way to hospital.

However, Bilyaminu did everything he could to ensure that Amina received the medical attention she needed. Later that night, her daughter was delivered safely.

Amina and her husband were so grateful to Bilyaminu that they offered to pay him for his service, but he refused to accept payment. Instead, they chose to honour him by naming their new daughter after his mother, Maimuna. Every single one of the 1,295 women who used ETS in Nigeria last financial year did so free of charge.

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