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Thought Leadership Series

“I decided to be pregnant with my wife” – Men as nurturers for healthy pregnancy and delivery

Aloysius Chidiebere Ugwu (Lead Writer) In January 2020, in the middle of the dry season known as harmattan in Nigeria, I was in Kano state performing my duties as a health advocate when I received news from my wife which redefined my plans for the next nine months. “Babe, I think my body is changing, […]

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Torchlight Series

RICOM3 helps Nigerian women take ownership of their pregnancy journey; Here’s how

By Dr. Chibugo Okoli (Guest Writer) The maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria is estimated at 512 per 100,000 live births whilst non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for 27% of total deaths in 2008. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has demonstrated its commitment to address NCDs via the creation of an NCDs division, the development of […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Why Are Women Dying While Giving Birth in Nigeria?; Recommendations for Improved Outcomes

We have heard the statistics countless times. Nigeria accounts for nearly 20% of global maternal deaths according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey 2018, only a mere 39% of live births occur in health facilities, with 61% of births taking place outside of a health facility. According to […]

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Press Release

Nigeria Health Watch launches project to advocate for better access to quality maternal medicines and contraceptives in Nigeria

Abuja, 18 September 2020 – Nigeria Health Watch has launched the Maternal Health Advocacy and Communications project to advocate for better access to quality maternal medicines and contraceptives in Nigeria. The project is supported by funding from MSD for Mothers, and aims to establish a platform where key stakeholders and influencers in maternal health can […]

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Torchlight Series

How Lagos State is tackling the challenge of alternative birth methods

By Olufemi Omotayo and Agnes Udosen (Lead Writers) “This article was produced in collaboration with Maternal Figures, a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria.” Due to poor conditions of the roads, navigating through the Itire/Ikate axis of Surulere can be a frustrating experience. Yet, this does not deter the pregnant women who, for […]

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MNCH Torchlight Series

Mamacare: Using health education to improve maternal and child health in Lagos State.

Lagos Island Maternity Hospital is one of the best known public health facilities in Lagos, which has for many years, served communities on Lagos Island and the larger area commonly known as the Island. Located in the heart of Lagos Island, a few metres away from the privately-owned St. Nicholas Hospital, it provides maternity care […]

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MNCH Thought Leadership Series

Mothers Lives Matter – A Call to Action to Catalyse Accountability for Maternal Deaths in Nigeria

“In Rwanda, a combination of community-based health insurance, community health workers, and good external partnerships led to the steepest reductions in maternal mortality ever recorded.” — President Kagame of Rwanda at the WHO General Assembly in Geneva, 2018 Despite several discussions around “maternal mortality”, how much do people really understand about this term? Why would the president […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Traditional Birth Attendants: Friend or foe?

The young mothers in the community fondly call her “Aunty Dada” Her first attempt at helping a woman deliver a baby was in a forest while escaping from insurgents. She had already seen several pregnant women die in childbirth in the forest and so at that point, she felt she had only two options. She […]