Health and Well being
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
In Nigeria, 54,000 women and girls die each year due to pregnancy-related complications. Numerous studies have identified several factors that are responsible for the high rate of maternal and child mortality. These include illiteracy, malnutrition, poor hygiene, poor access to quality health facilities and services, poor family planning and childhood diseases such as malaria, cholera, and diarrhea. According to UNICEF, Nigeria loses about 2,300 children under the age of 5 and 145 women of childbearing age daily. These statistics are with rural and peri-urban areas accounting for over 70% of these numbers, making Nigeria the second largest contributor to maternal and child mortality in the world. Uninformed health behavior of women and use of untrained, unorthodox birth attendants contributes immensely to these rates.
We have continued to train Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) across Lagos and Ogun state on best practices to deliver quality healthcare services to pregnant women.
BCHDI has implemented numerous PMTCT projects focused on reducing the percentage incidence of mothers to newborn HIV transmission.
We want to effectively address maternal and child mortality in Nigeria by creating a linkage system between health workers and pregnant women in rural areas through technology based projects.
We will increase awareness among policy decision-makers about affordable, feasible, and scalable primary healthcare interventions to improve maternal and child health delivery and outcomes.