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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 […]