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Reducing Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

By Stella Almond - Posted on 10 September 2012

In Nigeria, one out of every 18 women dies as a result of childbirth. The country has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
Nigerian Rotarians and their international partners, along with the Rotarian Action Group for Population Growth and Sustainable Development, have completed a five-year program funded partially by Rotary Foundation grants aimed at reducing maternal mortality in the northern Nigerian states of Kaduna and Kano by preventing and treating the birth injury fistula. The action group is now looking to expand the successful program, which reduced maternal death by 60 percent in participating hospitals, into Abuja, Onoda, and eventually other central and southern Nigeria states.
“We have to empower women, and women cannot be empowered if they can’t make their own choices in antenatal care and child spacing,” says Dr. Robert Zinser, CEO of the action group and a member of the Rotary Club of Ludwigshafen-Rheinschanze, Germany.Read more