Why Quality Maternal Medicines Are a Critical Issue in Nigeria
Nigeria, like many low and middle-income countries, accounts for some of the highest burdens of maternal deaths. Nigeria accounts for about 20% of global maternal deaths, largely affecting women aged 15-19.
The most common causes of maternal deaths in Nigeria are postpartum haemorrghage, sepsis (infections), and high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia). However, postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal deaths accounting for about 25% of all maternal deaths in Nigeria.
This is critical to note since, clearly, the quality of maternal health medicines has an important impact on the quality of care which pregnant women receive. This quality of care is also directly linked to Nigeria's maternal health outcomes which sadly still rank as one of the worst in the world, with one of the highest rates of maternal and infant deaths.
Quality of Maternal Medicines in Nigeria - What You Should Know
Nigeria Health Watch, 14 July 2021
The World Health Organisation has reported that each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people die due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and this… Read more »
Poor Quality Maternal Medicines - the Slippery Slope to Maternal Deaths in Nigeria
Nigeria Health Watch, 31 March 2021
Balarabe Danladi Zakariya, a resident of Gabari, Kano State thinks he is jinxed and the reason is not far-fetched. He was married twice and lost both his wives in childbirth. His… Read more »
Researchers Advocate Training Drug Sellers to Prevent Maternal Deaths
This Day, 21 January 2021
With various factors contributing steadily to maternal deaths at 512 of every 100,000 live births, researchers have called for training of drug sellers in Lagos, and Nigeria to… Read more »
Nigeria Health Watch Launches Project to Advocate for Better Access to Quality Maternal Medicines and Contraceptives
Nigeria Health Watch, 18 September 2020
Nigeria Health Watch has launched the Maternal Health Advocacy and Communications project to advocate for better access to quality maternal medicines and contraceptives in Nigeria. Read more »
A report - "Why Are Women Dying While Giving Birth in Nigeria?" - is the culmination of a community-informed maternal death review, carried out in 18 communities across six states, ... Read more »
In Nigeria, the rate of maternal and infants deaths due to preventable health problems is alarming. Nigeria currently has one of the highest rates of maternal and infant deaths in ... Read more »
"There is a high burden of reproductive illnesses among Nigerian women but a lot of it hidden because of an unspoken rule of silence.", writes Oludoyinmola ... Read more »