Maternal Figures
More than 50,000 women die during childbirth in Nigeria every year

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.

The stages of maternal health care
Pregnancy

Pregnancy signals the physiological and psychological changes that occur over a period of 40 weeks. In Nigeria, 9.2 million women and girls become pregnant each year. Complications such as maternal hypertensive disorders contribute to maternal deaths during pregnancy. Our database includes interventions like the use of Conditional Cash Transfers which encourage pregnant women to attend health screenings in order to receive cash bonuses.

42
Pregnancy interventions in our database
26%
of pregnancy interventions are policy focused

Nigeria

Interventions

75

ACTIVE

/

150

TOTAL

Free Maternal Care?

No

Funders

75

Maternal Mortality Ratio

512

Per 100,000 live births
Interventions
0
41
Interventions
  • The Village Health Worker initiative in Gombe State is one component of the multi-year The Maternal Newborn, and Child Health funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program worked with selected and trained women who are referred to as Village Health Workers, VHWs. According to The Society for Family Health, their role is to conduct home visits for pregnant women and nursing mothers in their communities to increase the demand and uptake of health facility services, administer basic life saving drugs, provide First Aid treatment and facilitate referrals in their various communities. On the supply side, the project ensures the availability of essential lifesaving MNCH drugs for the pregnant woman and the newborn in health facilities. These commodities were redistributed in the community by Village Healthcare Workers and the 57 priority Health facilities.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Completed

    OPP1151665

    Society for Family Health


    Additional Information
    According to a 2019 interview with the Managing Director of Society for Family Health, although a large proportion of the VHW program funds came from the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a significant component came from the government, via the Gombe State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (GSPHCDA), to support monthly stipends for the VHW scheme. They contributed 50% payment of N6000 monthly to the 1200 VHWs in 2017 and have taken 100% responsibility since 2018.
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  • The Support for International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) and International Contraceptive Access (ICA) foundation through Population Services International (PSI) made a donation of 500 pieces of Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System (LNG IUS) to Society for Family Health (SFH) to implement a one-year pilot study of LNG IUS services in Nigeria. The SIFPO2 provided affordable LLNG IUS services to clients in 40 health facilities across 18 states including the FCT.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Active
    Additional Information
    NA
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  • Under the National Primary Healthcare Revitalization Initiative, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and the Federal Ministry of Health, plan to revitalize 10,000 PHCs across the country. The first phase of this approach, which was launched in 2017, aimed to revitalize 110 Primary Health Care facilities across the 36 states and the FCT corresponding to the 109 senatorial districts in the country and Fuka, where Lassa Fever was detected in the country in 2015.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Stalled

    NA

    Federal Ministry of Health


    Additional Information
    Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said, “The plan will give poor Nigerians access to affordable, quality health services.” The Federal Ministry of Health has made a provision for the revitalization of more than 10,000 PHCs in the 2017 budget, in addition to the 2,923 PHCs that development partners have committed to revitalizing. A month before the initiative was officially announced, The Federal Government said it had committed N550m to renovate 110 primary healthcare facilities in the country.
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  • 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.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Completed

    NA

    Women's Health Action Research Centre


    Additional Information
    Research on maternal death review and surveillance yielded up to 8 recommendations on preventing maternal deaths at the Central Hospital in Benin City: (1) Recruitment/deployment of more doctors, nurses and anesthesiologist to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the facility. (2) Ensure the availability of blood products at all times. (3) Regular training and retraining of health workers on basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care. (4) Revitalize the emergency Cesarean Section (CS) pack system at the facility. (5) Regular sensitization of members of the public through paid radio and television advertisements on the importance of antenatal care uptake, complying with medical advice and delivering at a health facility. (6) Ensure proper supervision of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and mission houses by the relevant monitoring agencies. (7) Proper use of case management protocols for all obstetric cases. (8) Develop a synergy between the facility and the tertiary health facility in the State, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), to ensure the speedy transfer of referred patients in emergency situations.
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  • The goal of this project is to scale-up the uptake of the practices in the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) across states in Nigeria for the Prevention of Maternal and Perinatal Deaths. According to WHARC, the project has been completed and consolidated in three health facilities in Lagos State (Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Ajeromi General Hospital and Gbagada General Hospital) with a lot of positive outcomes. And It is currently being implemented in Edo and Niger States of Nigeria. The site of intervention in Edo State is the Central Hospital, Benin City, Edo State while that of Niger is the Jummai Babangida Aliu Maternal and Neonatal Hospital, Minna, Niger State.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Active

    NA

    Women's Health and Action Research Centre


    Additional Information
    Currently, WHARC notes that they have trained over three hundred (300) Healthcare Providers on the proper use of the MPDSR in these project States, printed over 1000 copies of the MPDSR National guidelines and have also inaugurated the MPDSR Committees in these health facilities. Also, WHARC said that they regularly support the monthly MPDSR review meetings held in these facilities.
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