Mama-Pikin Foundation

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About The Mama-Pikin Foundation

The Mama-Pikin Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008 by Dr. Fatu Forna and her husband, Dr. Shekou Sesay. Its goals are to help enhance, improve and otherwise positively contribute to the health and well being of mothers, children, and families in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Our core public health interventions include:

1. Providing a delivery bucket to every woman who delivers a baby at our supported clinics. Each bucket contains a sheet of plastic to provide a clean surface area for delivery, a Lappa (cloth) to wrap the baby, and soap. The buckets have been very successful in decreasing maternal and neonatal infections, and in providing an incentive for women to come to the clinics to deliver. Dangerous home deliveries have decreased substantially in the areas served by the Mama-Pikin Foundation-supported clinics.

2. Transportation assistance so women don’t have to walk many miles when in labor. The foundation reimburses motorcycle taxis who bring women in labor to the clinics.

3. Nutrition support for pregnant women in birth waiting homes.

4. Nutrition support for malnourished children (peanut butter-based supplementation).

5. Support for community health workers to promote delivery in clinics, breastfeeding, and identification of sick and at risk pregnant women and children.

 

Meet the Executive Directors

Meet the founders of The Mama-Pikin Foundation

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Dr. Fatu Forna

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Fatu Forna is an OBGYN and author of the Puppy Princess Sheba books. She co-founded the Mama-Pikin Foundation with her husband, Dr. Shekou Sesay.

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Dr. Shekou Sesay

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Shekou Sesay is a pediatrician and the CEO of Peachtree Pediatric Urgent Care. He co-founded the Mama-Pikin Foundation with his wife, Dr. Fatu Forna.

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