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US supports scheme to reduce Nigeria mortality

01 March 2016, 21:35

Abuja - More than 2 million expectant mothers are set to benefit from a new mother-and-child health initiative that will be launched later this week.

The United States and Nigerian governments, along with US digital industrial company, General Electric, will launch the scheme that is envisaged to expand access to digital antenatal screenings.

The Healthymagination Mother and Child Initiative, as the initiative would be known, is expected to reduce preventable mother and infant deaths.

CAJ News Africa can confirm it will be launched in Maitama, Abuja, on Thursday.

Also read: Rivers aims to reduce mortality rate 

US Ambassador James Entwistle, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Health, D. Ado Mohammed, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and the General Electric Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Immelt will officiate.

The launch comes amid Nigeria’s high infant mortality rate (IMR) of 74.

IMR is the number of deaths of infants under one year old per 1 000 live births. 


- CAJ News


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