According to the World Health Organisation, Nigeria accounts for over 34 per cent of global maternal deaths. The lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, or after an abortion for a Nigerian woman is 1 in 22, compared to 1 in 4,900 in developed countries. Preventing maternal mortality and improving the maternal health of Nigerian women therefore needs a multifaceted undertaking.
It was the death in childbirth of a dear friend that spurred Adepeju Jaiyeoba, then a young lawyer in Lagos, Nigeria, to take action. It was 2011, and 978 out of every 100,000 Nigerian women — 40,000 a year — were dying from complications during childbirth. Recalling her friend recently, Jaiyeoba said: “She was educated, she had access to one of the best health care facilities in Nigeria, she was informed and was also financially empowered. . . .
Left to Right- Past President Rotary Club of Oyo Metro and Oyo State Project Chairman, MCHP, Adedokun Adeyemo; Past District Governor and Project Coordinator, MCHP, Yomi Adewunmi; Onjo of Okeho, HRM Oba Rafiu Osuolale Mustapha,Adeiitan II; Past District Governor, the Host Project Contact on Reduction in Maternal and Child Health Project in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States (GG1984454), Adeniji Raji, at the One Day Community Sensitization Seminar held at General Hospital, Okeho Oyo State.
The Delta State Government has reiterated its commitment to save the lives of women of reproductive age and their children, stating that it would not leave any stone unturned in its sensitization efforts on the need for Deltans to imbibe childbirth spacing.
This was the major thrust of the 3-Day training programme organized by the Delta State Ministry of Health for media personnel, social media influencers and officials in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) on media advocacy for family planning in Asaba.
Driven by the needs to enlighten the general public towards understanding the advantages of childbirth spacing for sustainable socio-economic development.
The Challenge Initiative, Nigeria in collaboration with Development Communication Network, ( DevComm ) on Wednesday organized 3-day training for media professionals, social media influencers and MDA’s officials on Media Advocacy for Childbirth spacing in Kano.
No fewer than 42 per cent of women in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, suffer physical or verbal abuse, stigma or discrimination during childbirth.
According to new evidence from a World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study, published October 9, 2019 in the journal Lancet, more than one-third of women in the four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities.
Roughly every six minutes, a woman somewhere in the world bleeds to death in child birth. But a new medical trial shows that there is a way of combating the problem.
The trial has found that a simple drug called tranexamic acid, a blood clot stabiliser first discovered in Japan in the 1950s, could cut deaths from bleeding by a third if given to women within three hours.
One proponent of natural birth said babies born vaginally receive a coating of immune-boosting microbes, and their intestines are more likely to have early colonisation with beneficial bacteria-protections than babies delivered surgically.
WHO says medical practitioners should not undertake C-sections purely to meet a given target or rate, but rather focus on the needs of patients.
President of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Professor Oladapo Ladipo says the number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications every year in Nigeria is "one of the greatest injustices of our time."
"It is shameful that Nigeria still contributes significantly to global maternal death figure. We estimate that we are losing about 58,000 mothers annually, through pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum complications," Ladipo said.