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Rural Health Mission Nigeria: Providing Lifesaving Care to Mothers and Babies in Plateau State

It was a cold, serene morning in Garkuwa community of Wase Local Government Area (LGA), Plateau State and in a consulting room in Cottage Hospital, Sahura Kasimu sat with her two-month-old son, Mustapha nestled in her arms, as she spoke with Martina Dabot, the attending health officer. Kasimu gave birth to Mustapha in the same […]

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Maternal Mental Health: A Reflection on World Mental Health Day 2021

Ifeyinwa Yusuf and Kenni Ndili (Lead Writers) A woman’s body undergoes many changes through pregnancy, birth and postpartum that affect her in several ways. Until recently there was limited discussion around the psychological effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the mental health of women. According to the World Health Organisation, one in three to one […]

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Celebrating Womanhood: A #GivingBirthInNigeria Storytelling Event

Ibukun Oguntola & Thelma Chioma Abeku (Lead Writers) On a relaxing Friday evening at the beautiful Thought Pyramid Art Gallery in Abuja, the Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala brought together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to expand knowledge and action about key gender and maternal health issues. This multidisciplinary group of people positioned uniquely within and outside […]

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Gender Inequality: A Mind Shift could Improve Maternal Care

Ifeyinwa Yusuf (Lead Writer) Growing up I dreamt of being a renowned obstetrician or surgeon like Ben Carson. After reading his book, Gifted Hands, I was pumped-up with zeal, so, using my monthly student allowance, I bought as many medical books as I could afford. I imagined what it would be like to live in […]

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Healthy Mother, Healthy Child: Encouraging ANC, PMTCT uptake in Akwa Ibom State

By Kelechukwu Iruoma (Lead Writer) Eme Okon was two months pregnant with her third child when she started attending antenatal care (ANC) at the Eyokponung Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Akwa Ibom State of southern Nigeria. This was her first time ever; having not attended ANC during her first and second pregnancies. During her first […]

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Human-centered Design for Life: How Smiles for Mothers is Keeping Mothers Alive

About one in every five global maternal deaths happens in Nigeria. Improving maternal health outcomes must remain a key priority that generates urgent policy action. According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), out of 100,000 live birth, 512 women will die while giving birth. In the same survey, findings suggest that the lifetime […]

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Community Health Workers as the Backbone of Primary Healthcare Delivery: Rwanda’s Approach

Health care should be equitable. This means it must be accessible to anyone, regardless of social class, or place of residence. For a pregnant woman dwelling either in the hills of Rwanda, or in the deserts of Niger Republic, comprehensive antenatal care and support is very important. The work of providing critical care to women […]

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Quality of Maternal Medicines in Nigeria: What You Should Know

By Amaka Yusuf and Dara Ajala-Damisa (Lead writers) The World Health Organisation has reported that each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people die due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and this accounts for 15 percent of overall deaths. Majority of affected LMICs record lost productivity due to poor quality […]

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Julia Burke Maternity Centre blends trado-modern methods to provide quality care

By Adaobi Ezeokoli & Aloysius Chidiebere Ugwu (Lead Writers) The GEANCO Foundation has intervened in the area of medical missions for orthopaedic surgery in Nigeria since 2011. In 2014, they began to focus on another area of health development — maternal health and nutrition.  The Foundation wanted to reach out to underserved pregnant women who were likely to […]

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Lagos Health Summit: Strengthening Maternal Healthcare using Technology

According to the 2018 NDHS Survey, it is estimated that there are 512 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. A Nigerian woman has a 1-in-22 lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum/post-abortion. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the maternal healthcare service delivery value-chains across Nigerian states. There was increased pressure on healthcare […]

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MPD-4-QED: A Database to Improve the Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Health in Nigeria

By Anthonia Obokoh (Lead Writer) The maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is 512 deaths per 100,000 live births, and according to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), 61 percent of live births do not take place in a health facility. About 20% of global maternal deaths occur in Nigeria and more women especially […]

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The need to provide mental health support for pregnant women in Nigeria

I struggled with feelings of anxiety and depression for nine months during my first pregnancy in 2016. I spoke with my gynaecologist several times about my different mood swings, but he felt I should be excited because I was having a baby. Sometimes I felt happy about having a baby, but most times I felt […]

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How rechargeable tricycles are saving pregnant mothers and newborns in rural Zimbabwe.

By Farai Shawn Matiashe (Lead Writer) In Zana 3, Wedza District, 131 kilometres south of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Talent Zindi, 21, a subsistence farmer, is inspecting the ear flowers of a maize plant in her field. She will be harvesting her maize crop in two weeks. Zindi says the harvest season reminds her […]

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How a Collaborative Approach to Maternal Care is Saving the Lives of Mothers in Kaduna State

In Nigeria, systemic gaps in the quality of maternal care includes the lack of life-saving medical equipment, the low adoption of the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) in facilities, and the ineffectiveness of MPDSR platforms and their inability to translate to better quality of care. These are challenges that must be addressed […]