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
  • AMURT arrived in Nigeria in 2010. Ebonyi State was selected as the first project area because of its high rates of maternal and infant mortality. The project is run in collaboration with the Ebonyi State government. As of August 2019, AMURT was present in five Local Government Areas in Ebonyi - Abakaliki, Ikwo, Ohaukwu, Onicha and Ebonyi. They currently partner with ten primary health facilities in the five LGAs in Ebonyi State. AMURT's focus is to extend primary healthcare and care for mothers and newborns to remote rural areas that previous had no access to health facilities. According to the organization, AMURT receives applications from rural communities, and new project areas are selected based on need and local community commitment. Community participation is at the heart of the strategy. Local health workers are given priority in recruitment. Delivery is free for women from the project area (A project area is the same as the ward, or in some cases, about 20 villages that make up the catchment area for the health center). AMURT also provides emergency assistance, when lives are in the balance for emergency obstetric, pediatric and newborn emergencies.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Active

    NA

    Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team


    Additional Information
    The project is funded by AMURT foundation, which gets it funds from the Nigerian Corporate sector – 90 % and international grants – 10 %. The government provide close to 10% of the staffing. No other direct funding. The community managed Drug Revolving Fund provides a level of self reliance for operating expenses and maintenance, plus savings for expansions and upgrades. There is an MOU which clearly states that all health center finance will remain in the health center. No money will go to community, to government, to AMURT or to staff pockets. This makes the health centers financial stable.
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  • The network was set up in 2010 under the Women’s Health Project, providing family planning services through a network of privately owned hospitals. However, from 2013, the network expanded its scale to recruit more privately owned hospitals, maternities, pharmacies and patent proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs) located in urban, semi-urban and rural areas. In addition the network supports the providers in provision of quality health care services (through capacity building, commodity supply and quality improvement initiatives), facilitation of medical credit fund by making the facilities bankable and demand generation through strategic behavioral change communication activities. Presently, the network comprises of 340 hospitals and clinics, 195 pharmacies and 185 PPMVs across 22 states of the federation. There was also an expansion in the scope of services. Presently, the network operates as a social franchise to provide quality services in the areas of family planning (short and long acting), maternal and child health, including BEmONC services and safe motherhood, Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI), Post Abortion care services, HCT and STI management, Malaria services, Cervical Cancer screening and Preventative therapy, clean and safe water treatment, diarrhea prevention and treatment.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Active

    NA

    Society for Family Health


    Additional Information
    The key pillars of the network have been Quality, Access, Equity and Cost effectiveness. SFH staff provides quarterly supportive supervisory visits to the providers consistently to ensure the quality of service delivery. The project’s success is measured in terms of DALYs averted, number of diagnostic screenings and treatments provided.
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  • The CEMDOS Bill was signed into law to ensure accurate measurement of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Ondo State, and it mandates reporting of a maternal death irrespective of where the death occurred.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Active

    NA

    Ondo State Ministry of Health


    Additional Information
    According to an article in the African Journal of Reproductive Health, the first CEMDOS report in 2012 showed that over 90% of maternal deaths were linked to mismanagement or delayed referrals by unskilled faith based or traditional birth attendants (TBAs). This led to the development of AGBEBIYE (Safe Birth Attendant) programme designed to incentivize through cash, training in uptake of alternative vocation, with and start-up microfinance for TBAs to refer pregnant women to designated public facilities and ensure delivery at such facilities. The programme started in February 2014. By December 2015, there had been 14,802 referrals of pregnant women by TBAs to Public Health facilities. Out of these, there were 29 sets of twins, 13 sets of triplets and one set of quadruplets.
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  • The Maternal and Newborn Health Thematic Fund (MHTF) is UNFPA’s flagship programme for improving maternal and newborn health and well-being. It was launched in 2008 to boost global funding and attention to maternal health. In 2010, Nigeria joined the countries that received support from the Maternal Health Thematic Fund.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Active

    NA

    Jacob Enoh Eben

    Regional Communications Adviser for West and Central Africa, UNFPA


    Additional Information
    In 2008, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Maternal Health Thematic Fund (MHTF). The five-year project (2008-2013) was a joint effort by these international agencies with the target of supporting a total of 60 countries, with the highest maternal mortality, in decreasing their maternal and child mortality rates by the end of the five-year period. The MHTF is now entering its third phase, from 2018 to 2022, after having completed Phase I (2008-2013) and Phase II (2014-2017).
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  • The USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP) in Nigeria strengthened the capacity of government and civil society actors to generate evidence, advocate, and foster institutional commitment for Family Planning/Reproductive Health.

    Locations and Funding

    Present in State

    Not Present in State

    Project Status

    Completed

    AID-OAA-A-10-00067

    Onoriode Ezire

    Palladium Country Director, Nigeria


    Additional Information
    The National Health Insurance Scheme included family planning services in the benefits packages of both the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS) and the MDG/Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Project in 2011. HPP collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to pilot the new FP GAP Tool - an Excel-based tool designed to help policymakers, ministry officials, health officials, and advocates understand and plan for the costs associated with expanding family planning (FP) to achieve their country's contraceptive prevalence or fertility goals.
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