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40,000 Nigerian women die yearly during childbirth – report

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A report presented yesterday, in Abuja, by Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP) and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the conference, Dr. Ejike Oji said about 40,000 women die every year from childbirth related complications.
 
The report is against the backdrop of preparations for the Fourth Family Planning Conference to be held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
 
The report also indicated that the country’s maternal mortality ratio has hit 576 deaths out of every 100,000 live births daily.
 

Family Planning Report Slams Nigeria Over Poor Services

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A new report launched on Tuesday by the Family Planning 2020, FP2020, has ranked Nigeria among the worst countries in the delivery of family planning services. Nigeria is second to India in a global ranking on the number of women that die as a result of pregnancy.
 
The report used as baseline the target set at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning where countries made a commitment to mobilise resources to enable 120 million women and girls use modern contraception by 2020 in 69 poorest countries, including Nigeria.
 

1.6m Nigerian women on family planning

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The number of women and girls using modern contraceptive crossed 1.6 million for the first time this year, according to a new report released Tuesday by Family Planning 2020.
 
The report, FP2020 Momentum at Midpoint, to assess progress in adoption of modern contraception in the wake of the London 2010 Summit on Family Planning found more than 300 million women in the world’s 69 poorest countries now use modern contraception.
 

Religious, traditional leaders endorse family planning

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Religious and traditional leaders on Wednesday endorsed family planning programmes to improve living standards.
 
They also called on government to increase funding and awareness campaigns to create more demand for the family planning services.
 
The leaders said these at the 2016 Faith Leaders Response Conference ahead of the 4th National Planning Conference scheduled for November 7 to 9 in Abuja.
 

1,473 midwives deployed to PHCs to save mothers, children

Thursday, November 3, 2016

As part of efforts to improving maternal, newborn and child health outcomes and consolidating on the gains of the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), the Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is deploying 1,473 newly graduated basic midwives to Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities in rural areas throughout the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
 

The non-implementation of Nigeria’s National Health Act

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

“Non-implementation of the National Health Act 2014 which provides for not less than one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund as basic health care provision fund has further worsened the travail of the health sector particularly at the grass roots, where the greater burden of the health disease resides. It has also added to the financial burden of the citizens in their quest to seek quality health care which in most cases is non-existent” – NMA President, Prof. Mike Ogirima
 

US to expand $18m Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative in Nigeria – Envoy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The US Consul General, John Bray, says the US will continue to support, encourage and expand its Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative aimed at reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria.

A statement by the information unit of the US Embassy on Monday in Abuja quoted Bray as saying this at the SMGL global team-building meeting in Calabar, Cross River State.

The meeting was organised by the Cross River State Government in partnership with United States Agency for International Development.

111 women in Nigeria die daily of pregnancy-related complications — Group

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Despite increasing global campaigns to drastically reduce maternal deaths or even eliminate them, Nigeria still loses 111 of its women to pregnancy-related complications daily, a group working on 4th Family Planning Conference in Nigeria, said yesterday.

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