Maternal/infant mortality: Race to 2020 target looking bleak

Sunday, October 6, 2019

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The Federal Government’s target of reducing the high maternal and infant mortality rate by achieving a 27 percent modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) by 2020 remains a daunting task as the year winds down.
Meanwhile, the country’s maternal mortality remains one of the highest in the world with 576 deaths per 100,000 live births according to Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS, 2013).
It is known that family planning and precise modern contraceptives has the potential to reduce maternal mortality rate by 30 percent and infant mortality rate by 75 per cent.
Based on this, government in collaboration with key stakeholders have set a target of 27 per cent contraceptives use to reduce prevalence rate and set a standard to be achieved by 2020.
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