NHW launches project to advocate for better access to quality maternal medicines, contraceptives, as 23% of global maternal deaths occur in Nigeria

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By Joy Odor

According to the Trends in Maternal Mortality (2000-2017) report, it has been oberved that 23% of global maternal deaths occur in Nigeria.

To this end, Nigeria Health Watch (NHW) has launched the Maternal Health Advocacy and Communications project to advocate for better access to quality maternal medicines and contraceptives in Nigeria.

The Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch. Ms. Vivianne Ihekweazu made this known to newsmen in a press statement on Friday in Abuja through her Communications Manager, Mr Atinuke Akande.

Shee said the project is supported by funding from MSD for Mothers, and aimed to establish a platform where key stakeholders and influencers in maternal health can collaborate and proffer solutions to challenges in maternal health service delivery in Nigeria.

The 18-month project will elevate the critical role of quality maternal healthcare in Nigeria and drive
policy change, leveraging relevant events and media to reach target audiences with key insights
from the effort.

According to her, the report call for immediate attention, action and collaboration by stakeholders in government, private sector and civil society.

“Despite interventions to reduce Nigeria’s alarming maternal mortality rates, there are still gaps that need to be addressed,” said Iyadunni Olubode, Nigeria Director, MSD for Mothers.

“With this project, we hope to help fill these gaps and see increased joint ownership and responsibility for
maternal health outcomes among stakeholders in Nigeria” She said.

The statement said in creating awareness about the impact of poor-quality maternal health medicines on health
outcomes, Nigeria Health Watch will collaborate with research institutions to publicize research
findings on quality of maternal health medicines in Nigeria.

“Access to appropriate and quality maternal healthcare and medicines during childbirth is key to reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria. We have lost too many women due to the unavailability of quality medication during and after childbirth” she noted.

It enjoined all stakeholders to come together to ensure every Nigerian woman has access to quality maternal healthcare, especially medicines.

It therefore opined that recognising that access to quality contraceptive products and services is one of the most effective and low-cost ways to reduce maternal mortality, the maternal health advocacy and communications project, will illustrate, through a documentary, how an initiative is delivering primary health care and
contraceptive services in hard-to-reach communities.

“About Nigeria Health Watch
Nigeria Health Watch uses informed advocacy and communication to influence health policy and
seek better health and access to healthcare in Nigeria.

“We seek to amplify some of the great work happening in the health sector, challenge the bad, and create a space for positive ideas and action.

“Through its various platforms, Nigeria Health Watch is a trusted source that provides informed
commentary and in-depth analysis of health issues in Nigeria, always in good conscience, it ended.

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