Maternal Figures is a database of maternal health interventions implemented in Nigeria in the last 30 years. Developed as a research tool for journalists, the database contains verified information including funding sources, contact information, programme reports, and more.
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The three key approaches of the Improvement of Maternal Health - Prevention and Treatment of Obstetric Fistula project included creating awareness and advocacy campaigns about the dangers of obstetric fistula, prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula including rehabilitation, and quality assurance in obstetrics, including the training of health personnel. In March 2010 the state governments of Kano and Kaduna took over the project and committed themselves to maintain it enhancing its positive results. The Nigerian MDG office promised to fund still needed equipment and training of doctors and midwives.
The Second Health Systems Development Project (HSDP II) worked to support all 36 states in Nigeria to improve the country's maternal and child health status. The objective of the project included improving the delivery of primary and secondary health care services with a particular focus on maternal and child health and reproductive health services in Participating States; and strengthening, at the Federal level, policy formulation and delivery of secondary health care services with a particular focus on maternal and child health and further developing a system to monitor the performance of the health sector . Indicators for project success included an Increased proportion of births attended to by skilled and trained health personnel (% increase in number of births attended by skilled and trained health personnel of total number of births) and an increased percentage of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics. In a 2012 report of the projects results, the outcome of the project was rated "Moderately Unsatisfactory" and Nigeria's performance as a borrower was also rated "Moderately Unsatisfactory" The original Development Credit agreement in the amount of SDR 101.8 million (US$127 million), was approved on June 6, 2002. It became effective on May 23, 2003 and the original closing date was December 31, 2006. In 2008, additional financing in the amount of US$90 million was proposed.
In 2014, The Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) obtained a competitive grant from the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement for improving the quality of emergency obstetric care in Nigeria. One of the project's aims included describing the provision of emergency obstetrics care as it was delivered in six secondary and two tertiary hospitals, in the following causes of maternal mortality in two geo-political zones of Nigeria: primary postpartum haemorrhage, eclampsia, and obstructed labour,
In 2016, the Jummai Babangida Maternal and Neonatal Hospital , Minna then under General Hospital Minna was one of eight secondary/tertiary hospitals in four geo-political zones of the country where the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), with support from the World Health Organization conducted formative research to determine the rates of maternal deaths, the circumstances under which women receive emergency obstetrics care in the hospitals and the views and perspectives of patients, caregivers and senior officials with regards to the quality of care offered in the hospitals. It is within this context that WHARC, with support from the World Health Organization and the Macarthur Foundation designed a series of activities and interventions aimed at improving the provision of quality maternal health care and reducing maternal mortality ratios at the Jummai Babangida Aliyu Maternal and Neonatal hospital, Minna.
In 2016, the Central Hospital, Benin was one of eight secondary/tertiary hospitals in four geo-political zones of the country where the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), with support from the World Health Organization conducted formative research to determine the rates of maternal deaths, the circumstances under which women receive emergency obstetrics care in the hospitals and the views and perspectives of patients, care-givers and senior officials with regards to the quality of care offered in the hospitals. It is within this context that WHARC, with support from the World Health Organization and the Macarthur Foundation designed a series of activities and interventions aimed at improving the provision of quality maternal health care and reducing maternal mortality ratios at the Central hospital, Benin.
The lack of functioning national data sources on maternal deaths and disabilities necessitated this project, to provide a reference point for programme managers, health advocates and policy makers. Public health researchers from referral institutions in Nigeria organized an effort to contribute their quota in the quest towards MDG-5 by providing good quality and reliable information on maternal deaths and disabilities on a continuous basis. Data on maternal near‐miss and death was collected by each of the participating hospitals for 1 year starting from 1 June 2012 through to 14 August 2013. Information on all women admitted for childbirth or within 42 days after giving birth or termination of pregnancy and who experienced life‐threatening complications was recorded. The surveillance was conducted across 42 (87.5%) of the 48 target tertiary health facilities (university hospitals and Federal Medical Centres) in Nigeria during this period.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) keyed into plans by the Lagos State government to improve their maternal and child health indices through improved access to life-saving interventions in urban and hard to reach riverine areas in the state. The JICA supported interventions include an appointment reminder & defaulter tracing platform which helped ensure that women in 32 implementing facilities remained consistent with their hospital visits before and after delivery. The second was a community health information management system (CHIMS) reporting platform for the state. Traditional Birth Attendants were encouraged to use the tool to communicate with the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board and the Traditional Medicine Board. The third reported project focused on medical outreach in hard-to-access communities in Lagos state.
ZIFAS increased the coverage and quality of antenatal care using low-dose Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (IFAS) to reduce pregnancy-related illnesses and deaths resulting from anaemia in pregnancy. Using a health system strengthening approach, ZIFAS ensured a long-term sustainable supply of ZIFAS in the public health system. The project team improved systems for forecasting and procurement as well as supply chain management, provided training for health managers and service providers, and strengthened government systems for monitoring and evaluation.
UNICEF's Hard to Reach project aimed to reach 850 settlement in Niger. According to UNICEF Canada, the project has deployed 17 teams, with 85 well-trained health workers to deliver integrated, mobile outreach services to targeted communities. The mobile teams aims to ensure that children receive vaccinations – including against measles, meningitis, and other diseases – whilst also providing basic health services, including medications to fight infections, and health promotion activities. The mobile teams are also made up of nurses and midwives who support women in the community during their pregnancies.
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