Lagos - Women's rights advocate, Toyin
Saraki, has called on stakeholders to empower midwives in order to reduce
maternal mortality in the country.
She added that increased access to midwives by 25 percent
could reduce maternal mortality by half.
“Midwives - if given the right education, regulation, and
midwifery associations within a global midwifery services framework - are a
cost-effective solution for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and
adolescent health (RMNCAH) in conflict and extreme poverty,” Saraki said.
She said her organisation, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
(WBFA), was playing its part in addressing the skills gap facing many midwives
and healthcare workers.
WBFA has partnered with Johnson & Johnson and the
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) to deliver a 'skills and drills'
training package for Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) in Kwara
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It is anticipated this could reduce maternal mortality by
up to 15 percent and stillbirth rates by up to 20 percent.
In order to facilitate the much needed health education
for pregnant women living in conflict settings, the foundation recently
commenced free antenatal education classes in IDP camps in the country, under
its #MaternalMonday Campaign.
Utilising midwives who localise messages to mothers and
enabling women to take an active role in their healthcare, WBFA's antenatal
programmes take into account local context and social factors.
In an effort to improve maternal health in
conflict-affected regions in Nigeria, the WBFA has provided pregnant women in
Nigerian IDP camps with safe delivery kits. –
Nigeria’s mortality rate is 630 deaths/100 000
live births, one of the highest in the world.
- CAJ News