In line with LHF’s core values and desire to improve the quality of health of members of our communities, we have in conjunction with our partner; Global One (a UK based, charity) launched our pilot maternal health care project, in which we are providing access to improved maternal and health care services in two communities.
Nigeria has one of the highest maternal mortality in the developing world and over 90 per cent of the deaths are avoidable. The project thus aims to increase access to maternal health by providing medical supplies and refurbished equipment to the health centers in each community as well as to train and recruit staff that will provide basic obstetric care, and perform key preventive maternal health screening.
Together with Global One U.K., LHF raised N15 million which enabled it to establish a delivery room, recruit a doctor, 4 midwives and 2 community health workers to provide maternal health services to each of the communities.
Since the beginning of the project in late 2015, there has been a substantial increase in the number of women and children accessing these health services, and the facilities now boasts a 0% death rate from maternal complications, a decline in the number of complications during delivery and an 80% increase in the use of health facilities by pregnant women.