WinSenga Update/Bulletin 23.0 – Improving Maternal and Child Health in Northern Nigeria

Excerpts from The Epoch Times website

Every day, 2,300 children under 5 and 145 women of childbearing age die in Nigeria, making the country the second-largest contributor to the under-5 and maternal mortality rate in the world, according to UNICEF statistics. This situation is particularly painful since most of those deaths could have been avoided with simple, low-cost interventions.

Although recent trends show that the country has made progress in reducing infant and under-5 mortality rates, it will still be unable to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. At the same time, the deaths of newborn babies—the majority of which occur in the first week of life—represent 25 percent of the total deaths of children under 5 in the country.

Although there are wide regional disparities in child health indicators, the northeast and northwest zones of the country have the worst child survival and maternal mortality figures in the country. Malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles are among the preventable or treatable infectious diseases that account for more than 70 percent of under-5 deaths in Nigeria.



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