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Maternal Health

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Nigeria occupies an unenviable position as a leading contributor to the global burden of women and children’s death with an estimate of 58,000 deaths from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes in 2015, accounting for almost one-fifth of global maternal deaths.

Despite the adoption of maternal health policies and interventions, as of 2017, Nigeria had the fourth highest maternal mortality ratio in the world at roughly 814 deaths per 100,000 live births (UNICEF).

We are dedicated to improving the health of mothers, pregnant women, and children under the age of five in Nigeria. We achieve this by disseminating best practices; investing in environmental sanitation; providing technical assistance; training traditional birth attendants on health challenges that affect pregnant women and children; and educating women in rural areas on basic knowledge on maternal health. Our goal is to promote healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities. In the course of our projects, we have provided over 62,000 birthing kits to traditional birth attendants in over 14 communities.

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Personal Stories

Mary had just gotten pregnant with her first child when she was provided with LLITNs and birthing kits during a rally to protect her from malaria and aid her safe delivery. After being more informed and empowered, Mary was able to protect herself and her baby effectively during pregnancy and child birth, and also after child birth.

Testimonies

I was able to have a safe and healthy delivery because of the birthing kits provided to me during my pregnancy.

Kemi

Projects

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Project Agbebi

From Our Blog

FAQs On Maternal and Child Health

What are the benefits of Breastfeeding?

Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight off viruses and bacteria.  Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months have fewer ear infections and respiratory illnesses. And are at lower risk of having asthma or allergies.

Do pregnant women need folic acid?

Folic Acid is a pregnancy superhero! Taking a prenatal vitamin with the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid before and during pregnancy helps prevent birth defects in /babies’ brain and spinal cord. Folic Acid is a man-made form of vitamin B called Folate. It plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps babies’ neural tube develop. The best food sources of folic acid are fortified cereals. Folate is also found in dark green vegetables and citrus fruits.

How frequently do I visit the doctor?

For a healthy pregnancy, it is best to see your doctor on the following recommended schedule of prenatal visits. Weeks 4 to 28 – 1 prenatal visit every month: Weeks 28 to 36 – 1 prenatal visit every 2 weeks: Weeks 36 to 40: 1 prenatal visit every week.

Can’t I have my baby at home?

No. It is not a safe option as complications may occur leading to maternal health challenges.

Which doctor do I see when I am Pregnant?

You need to see an Obstetrician-gynecologist — a doctor specializing in the care of women and their reproductive health. Obstetrics deals specifically with pregnancy and birth. Your obstetrician will guide you through the entire stages of the pregnancy.

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