Saving Mothers, Giving Life Initiative has concluded a week-long, global team-building meeting sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in Calabar, Cross River State.
The five-year, $18m US government initiative is a public-private partnership that addresses the three primary delays associated with maternal and newborn health: the delay in seeking services, the delay in reaching care, and the delay in receiving high-quality care at a health facility.
Civil Societies Organisation News
About 40,000 women and 241,000 newborns die in the country annually from pregnancy and other related complications.
Lack of family planning was also said to have accounted for 610,000 abortions, a rate of 25 abortions per 1000 women aged 15 – 44.
A professor of obstetrics and gnaecology, and Country Director, JHpiego Corporation, Prof Emmanuel Otolorin, made the disclosure at the weekend during at a Family Planning Media Roundtable in Abuja.
By Lekan Sote
At a recent press briefing by a collective of health-oriented Non-Government Organisations, under the aegis of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, fearful details about the status of the health care delivery system of Nigeria were revealed.
One came away from the encounter with the fear that the Nigerian state was waging an undeclared biological warfare, a war of attrition, against its people; that the right of Nigerians to life was being threatened through the wilful negligence of the Nigerian state!
Dr Haliru Ndanusa, the Emir of Shonga in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara, on Tuesday said that more than 300 women die weekly due to maternal/child mortality related issues.
Ndanusa gave the figure at the palace of the Emir of llorin while speaking at a sensitisation/advocacy programme for women in Kwara.
The advocacy programme was at the instance of the Sultanate Foundation for Peace and Development in conjunction with the UNDP/WHO.
By Chioma Obinna
No doubt, contraceptives or methods of Family Planning, have become well known in the society. However, this knowledge is still relatively low in Nigeria with only 15 per cent of Nigerian women using any method. Today, common claims among Nigerian women is that family planning interferes with the natural process, while others say their spouses are totally opposed to the use of contraceptives.
By Abiodun Fagbemi
Mrs Olanike Adebayo of Pipeline Area, Ilorin never knew that her joy over her child Olamide, a six-month-old baby would be short-lived moments after he was diagnosed lately of jaundice as Olamide later died of complications arising from the ailment.
In the same vein, Abdullahi Aruna, a 35-year-old peasant farmer from Pada, a sleepy village in Edu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara wept uncontrollably due to the sudden death of both his 27-year-old pregnant wife, Aminat and the foetus after a prolonged child birth labour.
By Theo Adegoke
A professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, and Country Director, JHpiego Corporation, Prof Emmanuel Otolorin has raised an alarm that about 40,000 women and 241,000 new-born die in Nigeria annually from pregnancy and other related complications.
Speaking at the weekend during a Family Planning Media Roundtable in Abuja, he said lack of family planning accounted for 610,000 abortions, a rate of 25 abortions per 1000 women aged 15 – 44.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has so far provided clean water and sanitation facilities for more than 20,000 communities in Nigeria under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, an official has said.
The UNICEF Chief of WASH, Mr. Kannan Nadar, made the fact known in Abuja on Thursday during a meeting on Capacity Assessment of Selected States and Local Governments Areas in Nigeria.
Nadar said that communities were drawn from 98 local government areas from 19 states participating in the project.
Determined to wage war against the dreaded cancer disease, the wife of the Governor of Ogun State and President of UPLIFT Development Foundation, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, has donated three ultra-modern cancer screening centres in Abeokuta, Sagamu and Ota respectively.
The centres, located at the State Hospital, Ijaye in Abeokuta; Onabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu; and State Hospital in Ota, according to the first lady, are strategically situated for the use of the residents of Ogun state in its three senatorial districts of the state.