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Maternal Deaths and Morbidity in Africa

Maternal mortality is defined by WHO as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy,irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy,from Any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or it’s management but not from accidental or incidental causes.leading causes are direct or indirect.they are mostly preventable,these direct causes  are obstetric uncontrolled haemorrhage,infection,hypertensive disorders,prolonged obstructed labor,unsafe abortion.
Maternal mortality rate (MMR) is the annual number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or it’s management(excluding accidental or incidental causes).Global 1990-2015 MMR declined by 44% from385 deaths to 216 deaths per 100,000 live births.(indexmundi.com).subsaharan Africa where Nigeria is a major player has still has alarming rates.nigeria has 630/100.000 while Sweden just 4/100000 live births.

Despite all the efforts these Governments have put in,yet the results remain abysmal,many non governmental organizations have done their bit,but continuity has always been the challenge .most of the demographic data are got from secondary facilities and not from the community.we access these rural communities despite  bad topography,ecological challenges.

  1. The three delays are still prominent in the 21st century.
  2. There is paucity of well trained medical staff in these areas.
  3. Medications especially essential drugs are lacking
  4. Drugs requiring cold chain basically absent or improperly stored because of absence or near absence of electricity.
  5. Lack of political will and genuine support.etc

We are joining hands with willing volunteers,donors,and governments to drastically reduce maternal  mortality via OMUMU UDO  (a multi disciplinary,multifaceted and ingenious approach)

  1. Community heads are the local facilitators,village heads,religious organizations give us the actual number of pregnant women in all the communities involved and every death reported to the central office through the destruct offices.
  2. Construction of secondary level health centers in mainly rural communities and or memorandum of understanding with available centers on ground with major focus on,
    All women especially the poor and less privileged obtain free maternity care up to six weeks after delivery.
  3. We regularly train health workers( statisticians,health records officers,nurses/midwives,doctors,ambulance drivers, paramedics, etc)on the need to stop this preventable maternal deaths.
  4. We ensure immunizations are done routinely and effectively.
  5. Family planning:education and enlightenment,provision,monitoring and linkages  are done.
  6. Women’s. Rights are advocated which includes( post absorption care plus,prevention of all forms of violence against women,including female genital mutilation.
  7. Legal aid services to women and young people.
  8. We support publications and research in defined areas of interest.
  9. Women with special needs like  hiv/aids in pregnancy,physically challenged ,social  mothers are a priority.
  10. Women and the youth are empowered through enterpreneural training,education,employment.


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