Nigeria – Curbing infant and maternal mortality

Curbing infant and maternal mortality
The level of maternal and infant mortality in Kebbi State is high. In this report, AHMED IDRIS reviews the role of Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, a medical practitioner and wife of the Kebbi State Governor, in the fight to reverse the trend, as well as reform health institutions in the state.

Aug 23, 2018
By Correspondents

In 2000 the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria was 800 per 100 000 live births. The under five mortality ratio in Nigeria was 201 per 1000 live births meaning that one in five Nigerian children never reached the age of five. Infant deaths, which accounted for half of child mortality have increased from what they were in 1990.

A United Nations (UN) report released on May, 2012 called ‘Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010,’ showed that 14 per cent of the world’s deaths related to childbearing occurred in Nigeria. Six years after, that situation has not changed.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/08/curbing-infant-and-maternal-mortality/

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Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

by Bridget Boakye
June 06, 2018

Women’s health is an especially big concern in Sub-Saharan Africa, and safe pregnancy and abortion top the list as one of many women’s most pressing health concern.

According to the UNICEF, global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44 per cent between 1990 to 2015 but it remains unacceptably high in sub-Saharan Africa. The region accounted for 62% (179 000) of global maternity-related deaths in 2013. One of the major complications that account for nearly 75% of all maternal deaths is unsafe abortions (WHO).

Continued: https://face2faceafrica.com/article/africans-are-searching-for-abortion-pills-online-more-than-anyone-else-in-the-world

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Lesotho – Where Abortion is Illegal, Women Turn to Facebook for Alternatives

Where Abortion is Illegal, Women Turn to Facebook for Alternatives

March 29, 2018
By Jenna Presta in International

Women in Lesotho are finding abortion pills and their providers on Facebook. Abortion, a matter of common law rather than statutory law in Lesotho, is illegal in all cases except those that threaten the life of the mother according to the UN country report.

In addition to legal obstacles, women in Lesotho face threats of social isolation, similar to women in the United States, where abortion can also be a taboo topic. These societal implications coupled with the legal restrictions of the nation drive women to seek out an alternative path.

Continued: http://www.mediafiledc.com/abortion-illegal-women-turn-dangerous-measures/

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Africa fighting maternal, neonatal mortality with community-level interventions, technology

Africa fighting maternal, neonatal mortality with community-level interventions, technology
Sub-Saharan Africa is leveraging emerging technologies to improve access to basic provisions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality

Subhojit Goswami
Thursday 08 February 2018

What kind of interventions work for improving quality of care for women and newborns in Africa? This was the moot question of the webinar on ‘Reducing maternal, neonatal and infant mortality as a means to achieving SDGs in Africa’ hosted by the Aid & International Development Forum on February 7. Setting the context at the onset, Lutomia Mangala, Health specialist, Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), UNICEF, said, “Globally, there has been significant reduction in women and newborn deaths by 60 per cent. But most of the progress has been in Eastern Asia and Northern Africa. The maternal and neonatal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa have not reduced as much as expected.”

Continued: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/africa-fighting-maternal-neonatal-mortality-with-community-level-interventions-technology-59650

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Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

By Sophie Edwards
29 November 2017

LONDON — Advocates campaigning for refugees to have access to safe abortion in humanitarian settings say they have made major progress at a recent high-level meeting — but they added that “political sensitivities” among countries and some United Nations agencies are holding back efforts to get the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services to those who need them.

Some experts also warned that pushing the abortion agenda could derail efforts to reach refugees in some settings and distract from more immediately urgent obstetric needs.

Continued at source: https://www.devex.com/news/advocates-make-progress-on-access-to-safe-abortion-in-humanitarian-crises-91554

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International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

By Levon Sevunts
Tuesday 11 July, 2017

International development and aid groups are welcoming Canada’s commitment to spend up to $241.5 million to support projects that will provide “critical sexual and reproductive health services,” filling some of the void left behind by the Trump administration.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement at the Family Planning Summit in London, in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Radio Canada International: http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/07/11/international-development-groups-welcome-canadas-241-5m-family-planning-funding-pledge/

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