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MNCH Torchlight Series

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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Health Torchlight Series

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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Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

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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Thought Leadership Series

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 […]