According to the World Bank 33.1% of Nigerians, 58 million people, live under the poverty line with more than half of them being in the Northeast and Northwest part of the country. It is calculated from these, 12.1 million live in a state of hunger. In 2013 Nigeria’s maternal mortality ratio was one of the worst in the world, with 560 deaths for every 10,000 live births resulting in 40,000 deaths.
Nigeria has some of the worst maternal health statistics in the world. We are equipping and stocking a number of delivery rooms in primary health care facilities in order to enable them to provide comprehensive obstetric care. The project is in the Sumaila local Government which falls in the Wudil Zone of Kano State, Northern Nigeria. The health care facilities that house these delivery rooms will now be able to perform key preventive maternal health screenings for antenatal and postnatal periods as well as conduct child birth delivery. The project includes the recruitment and training of medical staff and the training of traditional birth attendants on how to identify potential complications and refer pregnant women to the newly equipped delivery rooms.