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Breaking Norms and Preventing Mother and Child Deaths Through Community Dialogues

By Bashar Abubakar and Chibuike Alagboso (Lead Writers) Close to a hundred community members — men and women of various age groups — had assembled under two tents in front of the village head’s residence in Yakasai village, Soba Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. A woman in the community had died while giving birth, and the community […]

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Thought Leadership

Nigeria must improve health services for mothers and babies: here’s what can change

By Jamilu Tukur, Bayero University, Kano Nigeria is one of the largest contributors to maternal and newborn (neonatal) deaths in the world. It’s estimated that in 2017 the country accounted for more than 20% of the global deaths of women due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. In 2018, the maternal death rate was 512 […]

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Evidence For Change — Bridging the Evidence Gap For Access to Quality Maternal Medicines.

By Ibukun Oguntola and Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead Writers) According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), there are 512 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Nigeria accounts of 20% of global maternal deaths and between 2005 and 2015, it is estimated that 600,000 maternal fatalities occured and there were no less than 900,000 […]

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Thought Leadership

Poor knowledge and practice around oxytocin could put women in Nigeria at risk during childbirth

By Chioma S. Ejekam, University of Lagos and Chimezie Anyakora, Pan Atlantic University Severe bleeding after childbirth — postpartum haemorrhage — is a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in middle-income countries. Oxytocin is an affordable and effective drug that’s recommended to prevent postpartum haemorrhage. But there are concerns about the quality of oxytocin available for use by […]

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Torchlight Africa

Big Steps Forward: Cameroon’s Multi-Sector Approach to Reducing Pregnancy-Related Deaths

By Leocadia Bongben (Lead Writer) Jean Firwa and his wife Martha were excited to be expecting a baby after 10 years of trying to conceive. However, neither realised that their joy would be short-lived. On the morning of May 15, 2015, tragedy struck for the couple. Experiencing sharp pains, Martha needed to be transported to […]

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Reducing maternal deaths: How one NGO is changing the narrative for new mothers in Ebonyi State

Lead Writers: Ugonna Ofonagoro, Michael Atima and McHenry Igwe It was a long drive to get to Odenigbo community in Ikwo Local Government Area (LGA), Ebonyi State. The untarred road was bumpy, full of potholes, and wound through thick vegetation on both sides, with only sparse signs of development the further we travelled. Odenigbo is […]

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“No woman must die giving life – making every maternal death count”

The “Giving Birth In Nigeria” project in Kebbi, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Lagos, Niger and the FCT is to understand why women die in pregnancy and birth. Lagos, April 12, 2019 – A consortium consisting of Africare, EpiAFRIC, and Nigeria Health Watch with support from MSD for Mothers is launching an 18-month project called “Giving Birth […]

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Record and Respond: How one Zaria Hospital is Tackling Maternal Deaths 

The ancient city of Zaria in Kaduna State is one of the most famous cities in Northern Nigeria. Aside from its cultural history, it is home to some of the country’s most prestigious educational institutions; the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU); the Nigerian Military School (NMS) and the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH). Less well […]