Recently, Postpartum Support Network Africa (PSN Africa) held the first ever World Maternal Mental Health Day Conference in Africa!
World Maternal Mental Health day draws attention to essential health concerns for mothers and families. Life changes around pregnancy make women more vulnerable to mental illness, the most prevalent of which is postpartum depression (depression after childbirth).
Every year, Nigeria loses an estimate of 59,000 women to predictable and easily prevented deaths. Each week, 1,131 women die in childbirth. In the last seven days, 1,131 Nigerian families have lost mothers, friends, sisters and daughters to pregnancy. Every week, more children are forced to grow up without mothers, and are subjected to the difficulties that entails. These children are more likely to die before their fifth birthday.
While Nigeria continues to grapple with poor health system that has caused many of its citizens to access care in foreign countries like the Unite States, United Kingdom and Turkey, there seems to be a ray of hope, as private healthcare providers like Reddington Hospital Group are filling the gaps in the country with the aim of giving Nigerians state-of-the-art healthcare just as it is in many developed nations.
Northeast Nigeria isn’t known for being easy. It’s a complex environment: hot, dry and prone to droughts. Infrastructure is weak. Roads, hospitals, water systems and electricity simply don’t function throughout much of the state. The government health systems struggle to provide comprehensive care to citizens. These citizens aren’t engaged in holding institutions accountable, and often can’t access — or choose not to access — maternal and child health services. Boko Haram’s presence only complicates these challenges.
The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP) has unveiled its resource centre in Abuja to serve as an information hub on family planning.
Speaking at the opening, chair of AAFP’s board of trustees, Umar Sani Jabbi, Sarkin Yaki Gagi said, "The centre will serve ... for family planning- related matters [to the public] and information for policy makers.”
Gagi said for people in the rural areas to abandon harmful traditional practices and embrace family planning, "advocacy and enlightenment must be continuous. With the resource centre, we can achieve more."
The UNICEF has charged journalists in Kebbi State to propagate child survival, development, protection and child rights effectively.
This is part of a communiqué issued at the end of a four-day workshop on child and maternal health care organised by the fund in birnin Kebbi.
Read more: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2017/05/12/unicef-engages-journalists-chil...
As Nigeria joins the rest of the World in Marking the International Day of The Mid Wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, Wife of the President of the Nigerian Senate has hailed the role of midwives around the world in saving lives of mothers and babies.
At an event held in Abuja on Friday to mark the International Day, Mrs Saraki, Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, said that she was only able to survive child birth because of the role of midwives.
EBONYI State government, yesterday, called on parents to give birth to the number of children they can train as family planning was the only way out of the current recession facing the country.
It further described family planning as one of the factors that can aid reduction in the maternal mortality in the state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike, disclosed this in Abakaliki while inaugurating the state’s family planning advocacy working group.
The 10th quarterly CS-Media Forum organized by Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, and MacArthur Foundation was designed to bring together the health writers, reporters and Civil Societies Organizations to address the effect of Recession on maternal health in Nigeria.