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Public-Private Partnerships can help Nigerian hospitals improve maternal health; Here’s how

By Taiwo Adebulu (Lead Writer) “This article was produced in collaboration with Maternal Figures, a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria.” Esther is pregnant and walked into the Radiodiagnostic centre at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebute Metta, Lagos State.  “Ultrasound?” one of the nurses asked as soon as she sat. She nodded […]

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Behind the 66%: Pathfinder International Initiative helps reduce maternal deaths in Cross River

No woman should die while giving life… These words took on a whole new meaning for me when I lost my sister-in-law a few hours after she gave birth to her third child. She died from excessive bleeding after delivery (postpartum hemorrhage) and although the hospital said that they had done all they could, I’ve […]

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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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A Dual Approach: Tackling Maternal deaths in Southern Nigeria using technology and birth kits

When Abiodun Adereni founded HelpMum two years ago, his dream was to provide basic health information to pregnant women and to help tackle maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria. Now, faced with the harsh reality of decreasing maternal and child mortality in the country, Adereni feels much more work needs to be done to achieve […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

World Population Day 2019: Is Nigeria in trouble?

Thirty years ago, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established World Population Day, an annual event observed on July 11 every year. The world’s population had hit just over five billion people two years earlier and to commemorate that, World Population Day aimed to raise awareness and to take action on various population issues, such […]

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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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Babymigo: How a Genius Company in Lagos is empowering mums using tech

Ever wondered how a Nigerian startup came to be listed as one of Time Magazine’s 50 Genius Companies of 2018, standing alongside global giants like Amazon, Apple, Merck and AirBnB? The company’s founders did this by studying a traditional cultural motherhood practice found in most parts of Nigeria… and they then digitised it. When a […]

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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 […]

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The Joys of Motherhood: Young midwives enabling safe deliveries in Northern Nigeria

‘Delivering a baby is what gives me joy the most’, explains 26-year-old midwife Aliya Lawal Adam as she takes time out to attend to her one-year-old daughter, her third child, outside the delivery room of the Akilu Memorial Hospital, the only Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Unguwar Galadima, Madobi Local Government Area, Kano State. Aliya […]

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Health Health Policy Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Giving Birth in Nigeria: The staggering odds facing pregnant women

Every single day, Nigeria loses about 145 women of childbearing age, making her the second largest contributor to the maternal mortality rate in the world, according to UNICEF. When this statistic came out earlier this year, it elicited different responses from different people online, and started up a debate among friends, co-workers and total strangers […]

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The Female Condom: Contraception for Her and Him

There are many reasons why women and men should advocate and use the female condom. Like the male condom, the female condom prevents unwanted pregnancy and protects from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as HIV. In addition, the female condom gives women the option to take contraception into their own hands and allows men to […]

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The Edge of Joy

In 2010, The Lancet published a new worldwide study on maternal mortality showing that for the first time in decades, we are experiencing a significant drop in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth globally. The new findings from 181 countries also shows an annual decrease of 1.3% in the maternal […]