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Rotary and Germany help mothers and babies in Nigeria
Category: Population | By RFPD, 10-Jun-2013 | Viewed 3334  Comments 0 | Original Source
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Maternal health project in Nigeria to expand from 10 to 20 Nigerian hospitals thanks to additional funding of €350'68 from Germany

EVANSTON, Ill. (April. 15, 2013) - Rotary's maternal health pilot project will double its hospitals in Northern Nigeria, as it accomplish a decrease of maternal mortality of 60 percent and neonatal mortality 15 percent in ten pilot hospitals over the past three years.

An estimated 36,000 women die each year in Nigeria due to insufficient maternal care. The newborn mortality in Nigeria is approximately 10 percent, and the lifetime risk of a woman dying during childbirth is one in 18, compared to one in 10,600 in Germany (2012). The lack of obstetric care can mean death at worst, or terrible consequences for both child and mother: the loss of the baby and the development of Obstetric Fistula that leaves a woman with chronic incontinence and can lead to bladder and kidney infections.

Rotary's Maternal and Child Health Project offers training for health workers, ante- and postnatal care for mothers, medical equipment for treatments and family planning counseling for mothers. After significant reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality at the first 10 pilot hospitals in Kano and Kaduna states since 2009, the next 10 will offer care in the rural areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja as well as in Ondo State. An awareness campaign in the four states including community dialogues about health care during pregnancy and childbirth, postnatal care and family planning, malnutrition, AIDS prophylaxis as well as FGM (female genital mutilation) is also part of the project. In April 2013, the first review meeting with representatives of all 20 participating hospitals was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Hadiza Galadanci, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. These semiannual review meetings are cornerstones of the audit and benchmarking process in the quality assurance system.

“The scaling up of this pilot will further reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria,” says Rotarian Robert Zinser, Ludwigshafen, initiator of the Project. The scaling up is co-financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, with a contributions of EUR 350, 368 over the next two years, and EUR 150, 158 from Rotary - the global volunteer service organization on the forefront of tackling major humanitarian challenges facing the world today. 

Rotary offers resources and local knowledge to develop and implement effective, sustainable projects. Maternal and child health, clean water and sanitation, and disease prevention and treatment are among Rotary's top areas of focus. Rotary's goal oriented, business model approach has attracted key partners, enabling us to expand our reach and improve more lives by leveraging resources and expertise.

The State Governments of Kano, Kaduna, FCT Abuja and Ondo have committed themselves in Memoranda of Understanding to continue the system of quality assurance after the project ends to guarantee sustainability for further reduction of maternal and newborn mortality.

Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany:

“I commend the volunteer work done by Rotary. Rotary's motto is 'service above self'. The personal volunteer engagement of many memebers proves this true and is vital. Development cooperation belongs to the center of society. I thank Rotary for their support for development.” The State Governments of Kano, Kaduna, FCT Abuja and Ondo have committed themselves in Memoranda of Understanding to continue the system of quality assurance after the project ends to guarantee sustainability for further reduction of maternal and newborn mortality.

Rotary International (2013) Rotary and Germany help mothers and babies in Nigeria {Press Release}. Retrieved from http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaandNews/PressCenter/PressReleases
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