In Nigeria, only 65% of women receive antenatal care during pregnancy and less than one-third of Nigerian women receive skilled care during delivery. For the most part, women's reasons for not accessing maternal health services include a lack of money to pay for health services, lack of transportation, perceptions about the negative attitudes of health workers, and lack of permission from husbands and other family members.
Therefore, this project is aimed at reducing maternal and perinatal deaths by improving vulnerable women's access to healthcare services during and after childbirth. This project will provide insight into the issue by identifying the supply and demand factors that influence improved access to maternal health care services in Nigeria, particularly for rural women. With this base, the project will develop an implementation plan to expand the work to six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
Currently State of the Project
The formative and data collection part of project were completed in 2017, followed by an intervention workshop attended by key stakeholders in primary health care systems in Edo State. Key officials of other Sub-grantee from Tanzania, Federal Ministry of Health, West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO), International Development Research Centre, and University of Ottawa – both in Canada were present for the two day workshop.
The intervention phase of the project t is currently on; this project will be completed in 2020.
This project is funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada with support from WAHO.