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NGO working to reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria

Nigeria Health Watch, a non-governmental organization has launched a Maternal Health Advocacy and Communications project, for better access to quality medicines and contraceptives.

The project is supported by the Musculoskeletal Disorders MSD for Mothers, which also aims to establish a platform where stakeholders can collaborate and proffer solutions to challenges in maternal health service delivery.

Maternal Mortality (2000-2017) report indicates that 23% of global maternal deaths occur in Nigeria.

Nigeria Director, MSD for Mothers Iyadunni Olubode said despite interventions to reduce the alarming mortality rates, there are still gaps that have to be addressed.

“With this project, we hope to help fill these gaps and see increased joint ownership and responsibility for maternal health outcomes among stakeholders in Nigeria.” Iyadunni Olubode stated.

She said Nigeria Health Watch would collaborate with research institutions to publicise research on quality maternal health care in Nigeria.

Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch, Vivianne Ihekweazu said access to quality healthcare and medicines during childbirth was key to reducing maternal deaths.

“We have lost too many women due to the unavailability of quality medication during and after childbirth. Now is the time for all stakeholders to come together to ensure every Nigerian woman has access to quality maternal healthcare, especially medicines”.

The 18-month project will elevate the critical role of quality maternal healthcare in Nigeria and drive policy change, leveraging relevant events and media to reach target audiences with key insights from the effort, she said.

Adeniyi Bakare

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