Rosemary

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Tell us about yourself. 

My name is Enemari Rosemary from Benue state. My hobbies are travelling and meeting people.

I am a graduate of Biochemistry from University of Agriculture Makurdi Benue State. I am married and blessed with 2 children.

As a child, what did you want to become in future? What do you do now?

I wanted to be a nurse but end up studying biochemistry.

Why did you volunteer as a Mamalette Champion?

I joined the Mamalette Champions Program because I knew it will inevitably contribute to my personal growth and improve my self esteem. I also saw that it was a chance to give back to society because I benefit from society and I have enjoyed education, safety and basic social amenities.

Rosemary at the Mamalette Home Visitors training program in February 2019

I wanted to improve my community by contributing my time, knowledge, energy or resources to ensure other people enjoy the same or better privileges that I did.

By joining the program, I wanted to improve my community by contributing my time, knowledge, energy or resources to ensure other people enjoy the same or better privileges that I did.

What was a striking moment for you during this program?

It highlighted the fact that in our society, there are many myths and misconceptions about pregnancy, which are often untrue.

One of my most striking moments was when I met an enrolee who about 6 months pregnant who told me she was advice to stay away from oranges when pregnant. She said that throughout her first pregnancy she didn’t even eat oranges.

Rosemary at a focus group discussion on infant nutrition with researchers from the Japan Innovation Network in December 2018

I was surprised by this as oranges are rich in vitamin C and others nutrients such that are beneficial to pregnant women. It highlighted the fact that in our society, there are many myths and misconceptions about pregnancy, which are often untrue.

Can you share a story of an enrolee whose life you have impacted during this program?

One of my enrolees confided in me that she initially wanted to have 3 children but now she has 4. She shared that she was interested in the Home Visiting Program because she wanted to learn about family planning. She told me she was scared of going for a method because many people had told her family planning was dangerous and it could cause cancer and womb blockage.

Rosemary presenting a certificate of completion to a Home Visiting Program enrolee and her supervisor Suzannah.

During one of my home visits, I explained the various types of family planning methods available, she was able to touch and feel them and learn about each of their advantages and disadvantages. Today she is now on a family planning method, Implanon and she expressed gratitude for the information I provided to her.

What in your life made you care about other people around you?

I had my first child at the age of 23 and at the time I did not know so much about pregnancy. I couldn’t even get the support I needed despite my frequent attendance at antenatal clinics.

I suffered so much pain because I did not know a vital piece of information.

The hospital I used was crowded and understaffed. When I delivered my son and I was given an episiotomy and the wounds did not heal for 8 months. I suffered so much pain because I did not know a vital piece of information that could have prevented this. This is why I dedicate my time, knowledge and energy to educate women on maternal heath issues and doing this makes me very happy.

Describe a time during the program where you felt helpless.

Rosemary with a Home Visiting Program enrolee in August 2019

There were many moments during the program I felt helpless moment for example when there is a financial request and I can’t help with. In such cases information alone is not just enough.

What is your hope for your community?

My hope for my community is that will be a provision of standard health centres and other basic amenities.

What message do you have for other women who are looking to make an impact in their communities.

Don’t be afraid to start small, your little contribution could go along way in saving a life. I am speaking from experience.