As a child, Keturah Adams was diagnosed with osteomyelitis — inflammation of the bone marrow — in her shoulder, which often left her going in and out of the theatre, where she underwent series of surgery.
Fortunately, she came from a family that could afford the health care needed.
Having gone through this, Keturah realized there were people from poor communities, who may not be able to afford a quality health care even with minor illnesses.
This inspired Kabash Love Foundation, a charitable Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to ensuring a safe environment and holistic well-being of women and children through health care interventions, data analysis and scalable innovative programs.
Keturah, who believes that healthcare is a universal human right, decided to provide solutions to issues on maternal and child health, under-five mortality, and women’s empowerment.
Noting that infection is one of the major causes of child mortality, Keturah approached women in underserved communities, especially the traditional birth attendants and trained them on best practices for general hygiene, environmental sanitation, and procedures for cutting umbilical cords.
She also distributed birthing kits, which included gloves, clamps for preparing to cut the umbilical cord, a liquid extractor and an antibiotic gel – supplies that help to prevent infections in newborns.
Through her work she has proffered innovative solutions to preventing maternal and new-born child mortality and has reached out to over 10,000 people on free healthcare interventions.
She is currently working on a project that will greatly reduce mortality rates in Nigeria from preventable causes and ensure people at underserved communities have access to quality and affordable healthcare as at when needed.
She is currently championing the Healthcare Not Wealthcare campaign, which seeks to ensure free first aid by hospitals and clinics in emergency cases.
Keturah is a graduate of Biological Sciences, a Mandela Washington fellow, a child and women rights advocate and a monitoring and evaluation professional.
She has over six years’ of experience in community development, with special focus on community healthcare interventions, women empowerment and youth development programs.