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  •   More than 80 maternal and child health experts from around the world have concluded a meeting in Freetown with the aim of improving midwifery education The body of experts included health authorities from Sierra Leone Malawi Bolivia Pakistan and India the WHO and other global health partners Their deliberations focused on finding actionable strategies to help strengthen the quality of midwifery education and training in order to improve standards that will help curb preventable maternal and newborn deaths The preventable death of mothers and young children remains a major public health challenge in many low and middle income countries including participating countries In 2010 Sierra Leone introduced the Free Health Care Initiative to improve universal access to quality health care for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under 5 years of age The Initiative and other national strategies have contributed to improving the coverage of essential services for these categories of beneficiaries Meanwhile the Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey DHS 2019 showed that about 83 of all deliveries take place in health facilities and about 87 of these are attended by qualified health care providers However statistics on the burden of the country s maternal and infant mortality rate are still grim and among the highest in the world The maternal mortality rate is estimated at 717 per 100 000 live births 2019 while neonatal mortality is estimated at 31 per 1 000 live births Sierra Leone has many experiences to share on maternal and child mortality and at the same time has much to learn from the experiences and lessons of other parts of the world to help curb the perennial and unacceptably high mortality of women of childbearing age and babies says Dr Steven Shongwe WHO Representative in Sierra Leone We can change this narrative now rather than later because we have the opportunity and the tools to do so We have evidence based policies strategies guidelines standards and best practices However we must now be intentional and challenge ourselves to improve institutional capacities for midwifery education and training to transform the delivery of health services that will save the lives of women during childbirth and children early in life life added Dr Shongwe He emphasized the need for strategic investment in human resources for health equipment medicines and supplies Through financial support from the MSD for Mothers Foundation WHO UNICEF UNFPA and other partners are providing technical assistance to countries to implement programs aimed at improving public private partnership to drive investment in strengthening the human resources and institutional capacities to enable health facilities to provide optimal quality health care including obstetric care when and where it is needed to achieve universal health coverage In 2019 WHO launched the Framework for Action to Strengthen the Quality of Midwifery Education for Universal Health Coverage 2030 The Framework sets out the steps that countries need to take to develop and strengthen their national strategies for human resources for health including strengthening quality midwifery capacities WHO works closely with multiple partners including UNFPA UNICEF other UN agencies donors and development partners to help the Ministry of Health and Sanitation advocate mobilize resources and act together to reach the required number of trained and qualified midwives and health related professionals that Sierra Leone needs Some of the main results of this meeting will lead to better coordination regulation capacities and functionality of midwifery in Sierra Leone and the other participating countries
    Improve midwifery capacity and standards to stop maternal and infant deaths
      More than 80 maternal and child health experts from around the world have concluded a meeting in Freetown with the aim of improving midwifery education The body of experts included health authorities from Sierra Leone Malawi Bolivia Pakistan and India the WHO and other global health partners Their deliberations focused on finding actionable strategies to help strengthen the quality of midwifery education and training in order to improve standards that will help curb preventable maternal and newborn deaths The preventable death of mothers and young children remains a major public health challenge in many low and middle income countries including participating countries In 2010 Sierra Leone introduced the Free Health Care Initiative to improve universal access to quality health care for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under 5 years of age The Initiative and other national strategies have contributed to improving the coverage of essential services for these categories of beneficiaries Meanwhile the Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey DHS 2019 showed that about 83 of all deliveries take place in health facilities and about 87 of these are attended by qualified health care providers However statistics on the burden of the country s maternal and infant mortality rate are still grim and among the highest in the world The maternal mortality rate is estimated at 717 per 100 000 live births 2019 while neonatal mortality is estimated at 31 per 1 000 live births Sierra Leone has many experiences to share on maternal and child mortality and at the same time has much to learn from the experiences and lessons of other parts of the world to help curb the perennial and unacceptably high mortality of women of childbearing age and babies says Dr Steven Shongwe WHO Representative in Sierra Leone We can change this narrative now rather than later because we have the opportunity and the tools to do so We have evidence based policies strategies guidelines standards and best practices However we must now be intentional and challenge ourselves to improve institutional capacities for midwifery education and training to transform the delivery of health services that will save the lives of women during childbirth and children early in life life added Dr Shongwe He emphasized the need for strategic investment in human resources for health equipment medicines and supplies Through financial support from the MSD for Mothers Foundation WHO UNICEF UNFPA and other partners are providing technical assistance to countries to implement programs aimed at improving public private partnership to drive investment in strengthening the human resources and institutional capacities to enable health facilities to provide optimal quality health care including obstetric care when and where it is needed to achieve universal health coverage In 2019 WHO launched the Framework for Action to Strengthen the Quality of Midwifery Education for Universal Health Coverage 2030 The Framework sets out the steps that countries need to take to develop and strengthen their national strategies for human resources for health including strengthening quality midwifery capacities WHO works closely with multiple partners including UNFPA UNICEF other UN agencies donors and development partners to help the Ministry of Health and Sanitation advocate mobilize resources and act together to reach the required number of trained and qualified midwives and health related professionals that Sierra Leone needs Some of the main results of this meeting will lead to better coordination regulation capacities and functionality of midwifery in Sierra Leone and the other participating countries
    Improve midwifery capacity and standards to stop maternal and infant deaths
    Africa1 month ago

    Improve midwifery capacity and standards to stop maternal and infant deaths

    More than 80 maternal and child health experts from around the world have concluded a meeting in Freetown with the aim of improving midwifery education.

    The body of experts included health authorities from Sierra Leone, Malawi, Bolivia, Pakistan and India, the WHO and other global health partners.

    Their deliberations focused on finding actionable strategies to help strengthen the quality of midwifery education and training in order to improve standards that will help curb preventable maternal and newborn deaths.

    The preventable death of mothers and young children remains a major public health challenge in many low- and middle-income countries, including participating countries.

    In 2010, Sierra Leone introduced the Free Health Care Initiative to improve universal access to quality health care for pregnant and lactating mothers and children under 5 years of age.

    The Initiative and other national strategies have contributed to improving the coverage of essential services for these categories of beneficiaries.

    Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey (DHS 2019) showed that about 83% of all deliveries take place in health facilities, and about 87% of these are attended by qualified health care providers.

    However, statistics on the burden of the country's maternal and infant mortality rate are still grim and among the highest in the world.

    The maternal mortality rate is estimated at 717 per 100,000 live births (2019), while neonatal mortality is estimated at 31 per 1,000 live births.

    “Sierra Leone has many experiences to share on maternal and child mortality and, at the same time, has much to learn from the experiences and lessons of other parts of the world to help curb the perennial and unacceptably high mortality of women of childbearing age and babies,” says Dr. Steven Shongwe, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone.

    “We can change this narrative now rather than later because we have the opportunity and the tools to do so.

    We have evidence-based policies, strategies, guidelines, standards and best practices.

    However, we must now be intentional and challenge ourselves to improve institutional capacities for midwifery education and training to transform the delivery of health services that will save the lives of women during childbirth and children early in life.

    life,” added Dr. Shongwe.

    He emphasized the need for strategic investment in human resources for health, equipment, medicines and supplies.

    Through financial support from the MSD for Mothers Foundation, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and other partners are providing technical assistance to countries to implement programs aimed at improving public-private partnership to drive investment in strengthening the human resources and institutional capacities to enable health facilities to provide optimal quality health care, including obstetric care, when and where it is needed to achieve universal health coverage.

    In 2019, WHO launched the Framework for Action to Strengthen the Quality of Midwifery Education for Universal Health Coverage 2030.

    The Framework sets out the steps that countries need to take to develop and strengthen their national strategies for human resources for health.

    , including strengthening quality midwifery capacities.

    WHO works closely with multiple partners, including UNFPA, UNICEF, other UN agencies, donors and development partners to help the Ministry of Health and Sanitation advocate, mobilize resources and act together to reach the required number of trained and qualified midwives and health-related.

    professionals that Sierra Leone needs.

    Some of the main results of this meeting will lead to better coordination, regulation, capacities and functionality of midwifery in Sierra Leone and the other participating countries.

  •  Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation has inaugurated Monthly Security Dossier MSD that will serve as security advisory for policy makers and security agencies Mr Hamzat Lawal Founder and Chief Executive of CODE made this known during a media parley in Abuja Lawal said it was necessited by the rise in insecurity in the nation which was a concern for citizens According to him Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of terror related deaths adding that randomly bandits attack communities inflicting heavy human casualties rustling cattle destroying properties and social installations He said that in spite of all these no one had been punished as a result of these deaths to shape public behaviour For as Connected Development here is our response we are launching monthly security dossiers MSDs for policy makers and security agencies but most importantly also inform citizens on how they can take action We believe that our first edition will help inspire the needed conversation and action and so far we have recorded that 3120 Nigerians were victims of security breakdown across the nation Furthermore 465 persons were killed 355 personnel were kidnapped 120 persons sustained injuries and 2000 persons were displaced in the country he said Lawal said that CODE s plan was to launch the dossier then have a policy dialogue and engage the media to intimate them of the findings He said that CODE had over 10 000 people on ground across the 774 local government areas who would collect and document reports of security cases that usually did not make it to social media or the mainstream media He expressed hope that the security dossier would inform a National Civil Society Working Group on security and development partnering with government and security actors to build sustainable peace He said that the group would also work with traditional and religious institutions Lawal added that CODE was currently tracking both public private and multilateral resources that had been committed to the COVID 19 pandemic through its COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said that CODE had so far implemented the project with BudgIT an NGO in nine countries with the goal to strengthen healthcare accountability and citizens engagement Our team in these counties engage in community outreaches high level engagement in some of these countries which include Kenya Zimbabwe Malawi and Cameroon he said He said that in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic and government clampdown the group recorded major impacts In Cameroon we influenced institutional audit processes across the ministry of public health and ministry of justice on the use of funds In Nigeria our advocacy influenced documentation of COVID 19 fund disbursement by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning providing the public with the breakdown of COVID 19 funds he said Lawal said that in Malawi the group collaborated with the Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation CHRR to track a Covid 19 school expansion project in Salima District He added that in Ghana the team s advocacy through partnerships with other CSOs and activists resulted in the formulation of a parliamentary committee to review COVID 19 spending He said that in Sierra Leone the group with other civil society groups and the media prompted law enforcement agencies and the Anti Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute erring officials He said that in Liberia advocacy with other civil society organisations and media institutions led to the national government accounting for COVID 19 Abdulrahman NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Insecurity : Group inaugurates monthly security dossier  as advisory for policy makers 
     Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation has inaugurated Monthly Security Dossier MSD that will serve as security advisory for policy makers and security agencies Mr Hamzat Lawal Founder and Chief Executive of CODE made this known during a media parley in Abuja Lawal said it was necessited by the rise in insecurity in the nation which was a concern for citizens According to him Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of terror related deaths adding that randomly bandits attack communities inflicting heavy human casualties rustling cattle destroying properties and social installations He said that in spite of all these no one had been punished as a result of these deaths to shape public behaviour For as Connected Development here is our response we are launching monthly security dossiers MSDs for policy makers and security agencies but most importantly also inform citizens on how they can take action We believe that our first edition will help inspire the needed conversation and action and so far we have recorded that 3120 Nigerians were victims of security breakdown across the nation Furthermore 465 persons were killed 355 personnel were kidnapped 120 persons sustained injuries and 2000 persons were displaced in the country he said Lawal said that CODE s plan was to launch the dossier then have a policy dialogue and engage the media to intimate them of the findings He said that CODE had over 10 000 people on ground across the 774 local government areas who would collect and document reports of security cases that usually did not make it to social media or the mainstream media He expressed hope that the security dossier would inform a National Civil Society Working Group on security and development partnering with government and security actors to build sustainable peace He said that the group would also work with traditional and religious institutions Lawal added that CODE was currently tracking both public private and multilateral resources that had been committed to the COVID 19 pandemic through its COVID 19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP He said that CODE had so far implemented the project with BudgIT an NGO in nine countries with the goal to strengthen healthcare accountability and citizens engagement Our team in these counties engage in community outreaches high level engagement in some of these countries which include Kenya Zimbabwe Malawi and Cameroon he said He said that in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic and government clampdown the group recorded major impacts In Cameroon we influenced institutional audit processes across the ministry of public health and ministry of justice on the use of funds In Nigeria our advocacy influenced documentation of COVID 19 fund disbursement by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning providing the public with the breakdown of COVID 19 funds he said Lawal said that in Malawi the group collaborated with the Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation CHRR to track a Covid 19 school expansion project in Salima District He added that in Ghana the team s advocacy through partnerships with other CSOs and activists resulted in the formulation of a parliamentary committee to review COVID 19 spending He said that in Sierra Leone the group with other civil society groups and the media prompted law enforcement agencies and the Anti Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute erring officials He said that in Liberia advocacy with other civil society organisations and media institutions led to the national government accounting for COVID 19 Abdulrahman NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Insecurity : Group inaugurates monthly security dossier  as advisory for policy makers 
    General news2 months ago

    Insecurity : Group inaugurates monthly security dossier  as advisory for policy makers 

    Connected Development (CODE) a Civil Society Organisation, has inaugurated Monthly Security Dossier (MSD) that will serve as security advisory for policy makers and security agenciesMr Hamzat Lawal, Founder and Chief Executive  of CODE, made this known during a media parley in Abuja .

    Lawal said it was necessited by the rise in insecurity in the nation which was a concern for citizens.

    According to him, Nigeria is among the countries with the highest number of terror-related deaths, adding that  randomly, bandits attack communities inflicting heavy human casualties, rustling cattle, destroying properties and social installations.

    He said that in spite of all these, no one had been punished as a result of these deaths, to shape public behaviour.

    “For as  Connected Development, here is our response: we are launching monthly security dossiers (MSDs) for policy makers and security agencies but most importantly,  also inform citizens on how they can take action.

    “We believe that our first edition will help inspire the needed conversation and action and so far, we have recorded that  3120 Nigerians were victims of security breakdown across the nation.

    ” Furthermore, 465 persons were killed, 355 personnel were kidnapped, 120 persons sustained injuries and 2000 persons were displaced in the country,” he said.

    Lawal said that CODE’s plan was to launch the dossier then have a policy dialogue  and  engage the media to intimate them of the  findings.

    He said that CODE had over 10,000 people on ground  across  the 774 local government areas who would collect and document reports of security cases that  usually did not make it to social media or the mainstream media.

    He expressed hope that the security dossier would inform a National Civil Society Working Group on security and development, partnering  with government and security actors to build sustainable peace .

    He said that the group would also work with traditional and religious institutions .

    Lawal added that CODE was currently tracking both public, private and multilateral resources that had been committed to the COVID-19  pandemic through its COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP).

    He said that CODE had so far implemented the project with BudgIT, an NGO in nine countries with the goal to strengthen healthcare accountability and citizens engagement.

    “Our team in these counties engage in community outreaches, high level engagement in some of these countries which include Kenya,  Zimbabwe, Malawi and Cameroon,” he said.

    He said that in spite of the  challenges posed by the pandemic and government clampdown, the group  recorded major impacts.

    “In Cameroon, we influenced institutional audit processes across the ministry of public health and ministry of justice on the use of funds.

    “In Nigeria, our advocacy influenced documentation of COVID-19 fund disbursement by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, providing the public with the breakdown of COVID-19 funds,” he said.

    Lawal said that in Malawi, the group collaborated with the Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) to track a Covid-19 school expansion project in Salima District.

    He added that in Ghana, the team’s  advocacy, through partnerships with other CSOs and activists, resulted in the formulation of a parliamentary committee to review COVID-19 spending.

    He said that in  Sierra Leone, the group,  with other civil society groups and the media, prompted law enforcement agencies and the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute erring officials.

    He said that in  Liberia, advocacy with other civil society organisations and  media institutions, led to the national government accounting for COVID-19Abdulrahman
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Quality standardized data on the health of women and girls who are pregnant or have recently given birth and their babies are crucial to inform the design of interventions that help safeguard their lives and well being Strong health systems underpinned by an efficient health information system informed by quality data help ensure quality respectful safe and dignified health care for girls and women as recommended by WHO guidelines In recognition of this WHO HRP and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health established the Nigeria Maternal and Perinatal Database for Quality Equity and Dignity MPD 4 QED a standardized electronic platform for the collection of maternal data and routine perinatal including mortality audit data in health facilities that can be used to monitor clinical care performance and quality improvement in Nigeria Launched by the then Honorable Minister of Health Professor Isaac F Adewole on April 25 2019 in Abuja and funded by MSD for Mothers the Quality Equity and Dignity program supported the establishment of the MPD 4 QED Project in 54 tertiary health facilities nationwide A new research paper recently published in eClinicalMedicine demonstrates the incredible scale depth and detail of the database The results record the quality of care for 76 563 women and their babies admitted for delivery or due to complications shortly after delivery at tertiary hospitals in Nigeria Information on the quality of care for the woman and her babies was collected for all women from those who were healthy to those who faced complications While the results show there is room for improvement the database provides insights into potential intervention strategies that could lead to progress in helping to ensure maternal and neonatal survival More than showing mere numbers the database and research also brought to light important details and depth in their findings One of those findings was the association between the risk of death for women and their babies when they lacked a partner of their choice during labor and when labor was not monitored with the appropriate tool An example of excellence Beyond the findings the success of implementing a national program to collect data on the quality of care for women and their babies in tertiary care centers in Nigeria is unprecedented This database is an example of excellence In terms of how it helps improve and standardize data collection on specific health outcomes and women and babies in Nigeria says Dr Olufemi Oladapo Head of the Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit at WHO and HRP Many countries around the world lack centralized national databases dedicated to the health of women and their babies In addition some do not have effective birth and death registration systems and data from all countries is often not available and not standardized This means that it can be difficult to combine or aggregate data to get a national picture of girls and women s health outcomes The MPD 4 QED database addresses precisely these issues as the published article demonstrates MPD 4 QED Program National Coordinator Professor Jamilu Tukur comments that As the findings show the database was able to provide a more accurate picture of the quality of care that women and their babies receive across a country country With proper funding and when implemented similarly effectively it could have great potential for use in countries around the world In the future We know that good quality data can help save lives and improve health and well being so we hope that this database will really help improve the quality of care that girls and women receive Dr Oladapo We really want to ensure that the database continues to grow and to support the work of the Quality Equity and Dignity program In fact WHO and HRP are working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health to sustain the project in the future and there are now around 200 000 women registered in the database
    Beyond Numbers: Database Brings to Light Quality of Care for Women and their Babies at a National Scale
      Quality standardized data on the health of women and girls who are pregnant or have recently given birth and their babies are crucial to inform the design of interventions that help safeguard their lives and well being Strong health systems underpinned by an efficient health information system informed by quality data help ensure quality respectful safe and dignified health care for girls and women as recommended by WHO guidelines In recognition of this WHO HRP and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health established the Nigeria Maternal and Perinatal Database for Quality Equity and Dignity MPD 4 QED a standardized electronic platform for the collection of maternal data and routine perinatal including mortality audit data in health facilities that can be used to monitor clinical care performance and quality improvement in Nigeria Launched by the then Honorable Minister of Health Professor Isaac F Adewole on April 25 2019 in Abuja and funded by MSD for Mothers the Quality Equity and Dignity program supported the establishment of the MPD 4 QED Project in 54 tertiary health facilities nationwide A new research paper recently published in eClinicalMedicine demonstrates the incredible scale depth and detail of the database The results record the quality of care for 76 563 women and their babies admitted for delivery or due to complications shortly after delivery at tertiary hospitals in Nigeria Information on the quality of care for the woman and her babies was collected for all women from those who were healthy to those who faced complications While the results show there is room for improvement the database provides insights into potential intervention strategies that could lead to progress in helping to ensure maternal and neonatal survival More than showing mere numbers the database and research also brought to light important details and depth in their findings One of those findings was the association between the risk of death for women and their babies when they lacked a partner of their choice during labor and when labor was not monitored with the appropriate tool An example of excellence Beyond the findings the success of implementing a national program to collect data on the quality of care for women and their babies in tertiary care centers in Nigeria is unprecedented This database is an example of excellence In terms of how it helps improve and standardize data collection on specific health outcomes and women and babies in Nigeria says Dr Olufemi Oladapo Head of the Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit at WHO and HRP Many countries around the world lack centralized national databases dedicated to the health of women and their babies In addition some do not have effective birth and death registration systems and data from all countries is often not available and not standardized This means that it can be difficult to combine or aggregate data to get a national picture of girls and women s health outcomes The MPD 4 QED database addresses precisely these issues as the published article demonstrates MPD 4 QED Program National Coordinator Professor Jamilu Tukur comments that As the findings show the database was able to provide a more accurate picture of the quality of care that women and their babies receive across a country country With proper funding and when implemented similarly effectively it could have great potential for use in countries around the world In the future We know that good quality data can help save lives and improve health and well being so we hope that this database will really help improve the quality of care that girls and women receive Dr Oladapo We really want to ensure that the database continues to grow and to support the work of the Quality Equity and Dignity program In fact WHO and HRP are working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health to sustain the project in the future and there are now around 200 000 women registered in the database
    Beyond Numbers: Database Brings to Light Quality of Care for Women and their Babies at a National Scale
    Africa5 months ago

    Beyond Numbers: Database Brings to Light Quality of Care for Women and their Babies at a National Scale

    Quality, standardized data on the health of women and girls who are pregnant or have recently given birth, and their babies, are crucial to inform the design of interventions that help safeguard their lives and well-being.

    Strong health systems, underpinned by an efficient health information system informed by quality data, help ensure quality, respectful, safe and dignified health care for girls and women, as recommended by WHO guidelines.

    In recognition of this, WHO, HRP and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health established the Nigeria Maternal and Perinatal Database for Quality, Equity and Dignity (MPD-4-QED), a standardized electronic platform for the collection of maternal data and routine perinatal. , including mortality audit data, in health facilities that can be used to monitor clinical care performance and quality improvement in Nigeria.

    Launched by the then Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac F. Adewole on April 25, 2019 in Abuja, and funded by MSD for Mothers, the Quality, Equity and Dignity program supported the establishment of the MPD-4-QED Project in 54 tertiary health facilities nationwide.

    A new research paper, recently published in eClinicalMedicine, demonstrates the incredible scale, depth, and detail of the database. The results record the quality of care for 76,563 women and their babies admitted for delivery or due to complications shortly after delivery at tertiary hospitals in Nigeria. Information on the quality of care for the woman and her babies was collected for all women, from those who were healthy to those who faced complications. While the results show there is room for improvement, the database provides insights into potential intervention strategies that could lead to progress in helping to ensure maternal and neonatal survival.

    More than showing mere numbers, the database and research also brought to light important details and depth in their findings. One of those findings was the association between the risk of death for women and their babies when they lacked a partner of their choice during labor and when labor was not monitored with the appropriate tool.

    An example of excellence

    Beyond the findings, the success of implementing a national program to collect data on the quality of care for women and their babies in tertiary care centers in Nigeria is unprecedented.

    “This database is an example of excellence. In terms of how it helps improve and standardize data collection on specific health outcomes and women and babies in Nigeria,” says Dr. Olufemi Oladapo, Head of the Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit at WHO and HRP .

    Many countries around the world lack centralized national databases dedicated to the health of women and their babies. In addition, some do not have effective birth and death registration systems, and data from all countries is often not available and not standardized. This means that it can be difficult to combine or aggregate data to get a national picture of girls' and women's health outcomes.

    The MPD-4-QED database addresses precisely these issues, as the published article demonstrates.

    MPD-4-QED Program National Coordinator Professor Jamilu Tukur comments that, “As the findings show, the database was able to provide a more accurate picture of the quality of care that women and their babies receive across a country. country. With proper funding, and when implemented similarly effectively, it could have great potential for use in countries around the world."

    In the future

    "We know that good quality data can help save lives and improve health and well-being, so we hope that this database will really help improve the quality of care that girls and women receive." Dr. Oladapo, "We really want to ensure that the database continues to grow and to support the work of the Quality, Equity and Dignity program."

    In fact, WHO and HRP are working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health to sustain the project in the future, and there are now around 200,000 women registered in the database.

  •  Hospital staff absences due to Covid have more than doubled in a month in England as the rise of the virus puts pressure on beds according to data released Friday The number of hospital staff sick or self isolated due to the virus rose from 11 375 on Nov 29 to 24 362 on Dec 26 NHS England said The rapidly increasing staff absences coincide with a 10 month high for the number of patients warned National Medical Director Stephen Powis The number of hospitalized Covid patients in the UK hit 11 898 on Wednesday the highest level since the beginning of March and a 40 percent increase in a week We still don t know the full scale of the increase in omicron cases Powis acknowledged The NHS is on the warpath and the staff are still prepared for the worst The UK is one of the worst affected countries in Europe with a death toll of 148 421 NHS England has already started building temporary field hospitals to contain a possible glut of inpatients if beds in major hospitals fill up It plans to make up to 4 000 supercharged beds available in some cases using existing hospital facilities such as gyms or educational centers It is also trying to free up hospital beds by sending medically fit patients to nursing homes hospices and even hotels Despite the increase in cases Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen not to increase virus restrictions during the holiday period in England unlike the delegated governments of the other regions of the United Kingdom Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland The prime minister is focusing on encouraging the public to accept the booster blows administered to more than 33 million so far In a New Years Eve message he urged people to make it your New Year s resolution much easier than losing weight or keeping a journal UK medical regulator MHRA also announced on Friday that it has approved Pfizer s new antiviral pill for people over 18 The Paxlovid pill for high risk people with Covid was authorized last week by the US Food and Drug Administration for people 12 years and older Pfizer says clinical trials show the pill reduces hospitalizations and deaths among at risk people by nearly 90 percent The UK government announced earlier this month that it had signed deals to buy more than 4 million courses of Paxlovid from Pfizer and molnupiravir from US rival Merck MSD Source Credit TheGuardian
    England hospital staff absences double as virus surges
     Hospital staff absences due to Covid have more than doubled in a month in England as the rise of the virus puts pressure on beds according to data released Friday The number of hospital staff sick or self isolated due to the virus rose from 11 375 on Nov 29 to 24 362 on Dec 26 NHS England said The rapidly increasing staff absences coincide with a 10 month high for the number of patients warned National Medical Director Stephen Powis The number of hospitalized Covid patients in the UK hit 11 898 on Wednesday the highest level since the beginning of March and a 40 percent increase in a week We still don t know the full scale of the increase in omicron cases Powis acknowledged The NHS is on the warpath and the staff are still prepared for the worst The UK is one of the worst affected countries in Europe with a death toll of 148 421 NHS England has already started building temporary field hospitals to contain a possible glut of inpatients if beds in major hospitals fill up It plans to make up to 4 000 supercharged beds available in some cases using existing hospital facilities such as gyms or educational centers It is also trying to free up hospital beds by sending medically fit patients to nursing homes hospices and even hotels Despite the increase in cases Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen not to increase virus restrictions during the holiday period in England unlike the delegated governments of the other regions of the United Kingdom Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland The prime minister is focusing on encouraging the public to accept the booster blows administered to more than 33 million so far In a New Years Eve message he urged people to make it your New Year s resolution much easier than losing weight or keeping a journal UK medical regulator MHRA also announced on Friday that it has approved Pfizer s new antiviral pill for people over 18 The Paxlovid pill for high risk people with Covid was authorized last week by the US Food and Drug Administration for people 12 years and older Pfizer says clinical trials show the pill reduces hospitalizations and deaths among at risk people by nearly 90 percent The UK government announced earlier this month that it had signed deals to buy more than 4 million courses of Paxlovid from Pfizer and molnupiravir from US rival Merck MSD Source Credit TheGuardian
    England hospital staff absences double as virus surges
    Foreign9 months ago

    England hospital staff absences double as virus surges

    Hospital staff absences due to Covid have more than doubled in a month in England as the rise of the virus puts pressure on beds, according to data released Friday.

    The number of hospital staff sick or self-isolated due to the virus rose from 11,375 on Nov. 29 to 24,362 on Dec. 26, NHS England said.

    The "rapidly increasing staff absences" coincide with "a 10-month high for the number of patients," warned National Medical Director Stephen Powis.

    The number of hospitalized Covid patients in the UK hit 11,898 on Wednesday, the highest level since the beginning of March and a 40 percent increase in a week.

    "We still don't know the full scale of the increase in omicron cases," Powis acknowledged. "The NHS is on the warpath and the staff are still prepared for the worst."

    The UK is one of the worst affected countries in Europe with a death toll of 148,421.

    NHS England has already started building temporary field hospitals to contain a possible glut of inpatients if beds in major hospitals fill up.

    It plans to make up to 4,000 "supercharged beds" available, in some cases using existing hospital facilities such as gyms or educational centers.

    It is also trying to free up hospital beds by sending medically fit patients to nursing homes, hospices, and even hotels.

    Despite the increase in cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has chosen not to increase virus restrictions during the holiday period in England, unlike the delegated governments of the other regions of the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The prime minister is focusing on encouraging the public to accept the booster blows, administered to more than 33 million so far.

    In a New Years Eve message, he urged people to "make it your New Year's resolution, much easier than losing weight or keeping a journal."

    UK medical regulator MHRA also announced on Friday that it has approved Pfizer's new antiviral pill for people over 18.

    The Paxlovid pill for high-risk people with Covid was authorized last week by the US Food and Drug Administration for people 12 years and older.

    Pfizer says clinical trials show the pill reduces hospitalizations and deaths among at-risk people by nearly 90 percent.

    The UK government announced earlier this month that it had signed deals to buy more than 4 million courses of Paxlovid from Pfizer and molnupiravir from US rival Merck / MSD.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   A health care panel on Thursday called for increased involvement of women in leadership positions to promote access to quality health care Dr Ebere Okereke Senior Technical Advisor Tony Blair Institute expressed concern about the under representation of women in leadership positions Okere said women make up about 70 percent of health workers but with less than 20 percent of them in the leadership class She condemned the patriarchal structure where women were placed as dependents worthless The majority of women s needs must be taken into account at all levels involve women in decision making For example in Nigeria before women have access to certain sexual and reproductive health services their husbands permission is requested is this not an indirect denial of their rights he said she asks Okereke said it was necessary to break down the barriers that silenced women According to her most health systems are not structured to meet the needs of women Professor Agnes Binagwaho Vice Chancellor University of Global Health Equity expressed her determination to continue pursuing equity for women because women had less Binagwaho said that quality health care cannot be discussed or guaranteed without increasing the quality of care She identified education as one of the main drivers required for women to improve their access to quality health care The donation called for local production of contraceptives and other maternal health needs of women to improve the quality of care Dr Mary Ann Etiebet Senior and Executive Director of MSD for Mothers said that until women s lives were valued policy it would still be impossible to reduce maternal mortality Etiebet underlined the need for gender parity in the recruitment of leaders to improve women s access to quality health care She noted that it was time for the collective effort to put an end to all kinds of acts that tended to lead to the under representation of women in leadership positions Earlier Ms Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch organizer of the Future of Health conference called for an end to gender inequalities Ihekweazu explained that the HeforShe Movement was about getting men to help women reach leadership positions Source NAN
    Panelists advocate increased involvement of women in leadership positions
      A health care panel on Thursday called for increased involvement of women in leadership positions to promote access to quality health care Dr Ebere Okereke Senior Technical Advisor Tony Blair Institute expressed concern about the under representation of women in leadership positions Okere said women make up about 70 percent of health workers but with less than 20 percent of them in the leadership class She condemned the patriarchal structure where women were placed as dependents worthless The majority of women s needs must be taken into account at all levels involve women in decision making For example in Nigeria before women have access to certain sexual and reproductive health services their husbands permission is requested is this not an indirect denial of their rights he said she asks Okereke said it was necessary to break down the barriers that silenced women According to her most health systems are not structured to meet the needs of women Professor Agnes Binagwaho Vice Chancellor University of Global Health Equity expressed her determination to continue pursuing equity for women because women had less Binagwaho said that quality health care cannot be discussed or guaranteed without increasing the quality of care She identified education as one of the main drivers required for women to improve their access to quality health care The donation called for local production of contraceptives and other maternal health needs of women to improve the quality of care Dr Mary Ann Etiebet Senior and Executive Director of MSD for Mothers said that until women s lives were valued policy it would still be impossible to reduce maternal mortality Etiebet underlined the need for gender parity in the recruitment of leaders to improve women s access to quality health care She noted that it was time for the collective effort to put an end to all kinds of acts that tended to lead to the under representation of women in leadership positions Earlier Ms Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch organizer of the Future of Health conference called for an end to gender inequalities Ihekweazu explained that the HeforShe Movement was about getting men to help women reach leadership positions Source NAN
    Panelists advocate increased involvement of women in leadership positions
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    Panelists advocate increased involvement of women in leadership positions

    A health care panel on Thursday called for increased involvement of women in leadership positions to promote access to quality health care.

    Dr Ebere Okereke, Senior Technical Advisor, Tony Blair Institute, expressed concern about the under-representation of women in leadership positions.

    Okere said women make up about 70 percent of health workers, but with less than 20 percent of them in the leadership class.

    She condemned the patriarchal structure where women were placed as dependents, worthless.

    “The majority of women's needs must be taken into account at all levels, involve women in decision-making.

    "For example, in Nigeria, before women have access to certain sexual and reproductive health services, their husbands' permission is requested, is this not an indirect denial of their rights," he said. -she asks.

    Okereke said it was necessary to break down the barriers that silenced women.

    According to her, most health systems are not structured to meet the needs of women.

    Professor Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, expressed her determination to continue pursuing equity for women because women had less.

    Binagwaho said that quality health care cannot be discussed or guaranteed without increasing the quality of care.

    She identified education as one of the main drivers required for women to improve their access to quality health care.

    The donation called for local production of contraceptives and other maternal health needs of women to improve the quality of care.

    Dr Mary-Ann Etiebet, Senior and Executive Director of MSD for Mothers, said that until women's lives were valued policy, it would still be impossible to reduce maternal mortality.

    Etiebet underlined the need for gender parity in the recruitment of leaders to improve women's access to quality health care.

    She noted that it was time for the collective effort to put an end to all kinds of acts that tended to lead to the under-representation of women in leadership positions.

    Earlier, Ms. Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch, organizer of the Future of Health conference called for an end to gender inequalities.

    Ihekweazu explained that the “HeforShe Movement” was about getting men to help women reach leadership positions.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Abujah Racheal In the reconstruction after the COVID 19 pandemic the participation of women is crucial for economic recovery as they represent half of the Nigerian population said Ms Vivianne Ihekweazu managing director of Nigeria Health Watch on Friday Ihekweazu made this statement in Abuja during the inaugural HealthMeetsArt gala entitled Celebrating Femininity She said governments are now looking for scalable solutions for their citizens in the context of COVID 19 noting that there are well evaluated programs to support the inclusion of women in the economic recovery We hope to use HealthMeetsArt as a platform to highlight the important need to accelerate progress towards gender equality in Nigeria We must celebrate the achievements of women while inspiring confidence in their successes and achievements empowering them to break the glass ceilings that seek to restrict them she said According to her women are absent from leadership positions in key public sectors in Nigeria Ms Iyadunni Olubode Consultant Director of Nigeria MSD for Mothers denounced the high rate of maternal mortality in the country Olubode noted that Nigeria contributes almost 20 of all maternal deaths worldwide It s not encouraging Women talk all the time but we don t listen to them They are the experts if we don t listen to them the solutions we propose might not impact them she said In addition Mr Tony Azodoh director of the National Gallery of Arts FCT station said that through the visual arts the connection between the arts and medicine is that most health problems are psychosomatic in nature and induced emotionally Our spatial column and our image are capable of creating paintings sculptures and photographs of changing people s mentalities as they come into contact with this art This is because more or less creativity is an intellectual activity not only on the beauty of the work of art but on the impact of the works of art on the human mind The artists talked about their painting sculpture photography to tell us about the life challenges we face in Nigeria This celebration is about women as modest and career women as leaders in the political space so that s what we re celebrating tonight Azodoh noted The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala brought together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to expand knowledge and action on key issues related to gender and motherhood The constructive discussions during the gala aimed to spread messages about the different roles women play in society as caregivers mothers professionals businesswomen sisters and wives According to the organizers the aim of the art gala is to expand knowledge on key issues related to gender and motherhood beyond the medical professions and public health This is done through alternative communication channels targeted at specific groups especially key policy makers outside the health sector to drive change actions around maternal health Source NAN
    Post COVID-19: Women’s participation crucial to economic recovery- Ihekweazu
      By Abujah Racheal In the reconstruction after the COVID 19 pandemic the participation of women is crucial for economic recovery as they represent half of the Nigerian population said Ms Vivianne Ihekweazu managing director of Nigeria Health Watch on Friday Ihekweazu made this statement in Abuja during the inaugural HealthMeetsArt gala entitled Celebrating Femininity She said governments are now looking for scalable solutions for their citizens in the context of COVID 19 noting that there are well evaluated programs to support the inclusion of women in the economic recovery We hope to use HealthMeetsArt as a platform to highlight the important need to accelerate progress towards gender equality in Nigeria We must celebrate the achievements of women while inspiring confidence in their successes and achievements empowering them to break the glass ceilings that seek to restrict them she said According to her women are absent from leadership positions in key public sectors in Nigeria Ms Iyadunni Olubode Consultant Director of Nigeria MSD for Mothers denounced the high rate of maternal mortality in the country Olubode noted that Nigeria contributes almost 20 of all maternal deaths worldwide It s not encouraging Women talk all the time but we don t listen to them They are the experts if we don t listen to them the solutions we propose might not impact them she said In addition Mr Tony Azodoh director of the National Gallery of Arts FCT station said that through the visual arts the connection between the arts and medicine is that most health problems are psychosomatic in nature and induced emotionally Our spatial column and our image are capable of creating paintings sculptures and photographs of changing people s mentalities as they come into contact with this art This is because more or less creativity is an intellectual activity not only on the beauty of the work of art but on the impact of the works of art on the human mind The artists talked about their painting sculpture photography to tell us about the life challenges we face in Nigeria This celebration is about women as modest and career women as leaders in the political space so that s what we re celebrating tonight Azodoh noted The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala brought together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to expand knowledge and action on key issues related to gender and motherhood The constructive discussions during the gala aimed to spread messages about the different roles women play in society as caregivers mothers professionals businesswomen sisters and wives According to the organizers the aim of the art gala is to expand knowledge on key issues related to gender and motherhood beyond the medical professions and public health This is done through alternative communication channels targeted at specific groups especially key policy makers outside the health sector to drive change actions around maternal health Source NAN
    Post COVID-19: Women’s participation crucial to economic recovery- Ihekweazu
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    Post COVID-19: Women’s participation crucial to economic recovery- Ihekweazu

    By Abujah Racheal

    In the reconstruction after the COVID-19 pandemic, the participation of women is crucial for economic recovery as they represent half of the Nigerian population, said Ms. Vivianne Ihekweazu, managing director of Nigeria Health Watch on Friday.

    Ihekweazu made this statement in Abuja during the inaugural #HealthMeetsArt gala entitled “Celebrating Femininity”.

    She said governments are now looking for scalable solutions for their citizens in the context of COVID-19, noting that there are well-evaluated programs to support the inclusion of women in the economic recovery.

    “We hope to use #HealthMeetsArt as a platform to highlight the important need to accelerate progress towards gender equality in Nigeria.

    "We must celebrate the achievements of women while inspiring confidence in their successes and achievements, empowering them to break the glass ceilings that seek to restrict them," she said.

    According to her, women are absent from leadership positions in key public sectors in Nigeria.

    Ms. Iyadunni Olubode, Consultant, Director of Nigeria, MSD for Mothers, denounced the high rate of maternal mortality in the country.

    Olubode noted that Nigeria contributes almost 20% of all maternal deaths worldwide.

    “It's not encouraging.

    “Women talk all the time but we don't listen to them. They are the experts, if we don't listen to them, the solutions we propose might not impact them, ”she said.

    In addition, Mr. Tony Azodoh, director of the National Gallery of Arts FCT station, said that through the visual arts, the connection between the arts and medicine is that most health problems are psychosomatic in nature and induced emotionally.

    “Our spatial column and our image are capable of creating paintings, sculptures and photographs, of changing people's mentalities, as they come into contact with this art.

    “This is because more or less, creativity is an intellectual activity, not only on the beauty of the work of art, but on the impact of the works of art on the human mind.

    “The artists talked about their painting, sculpture, photography, to tell us about the life challenges we face in Nigeria.

    “This celebration is about women, as modest and career women, as leaders in the political space, so that's what we're celebrating tonight,” Azodoh noted.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Celebrating Womanhood Art Gala brought together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to expand knowledge and action on key issues related to gender and motherhood.

    The constructive discussions during the gala aimed to spread messages about the different roles women play in society as caregivers, mothers, professionals, businesswomen, sisters and wives.

    According to the organizers, the aim of the art gala is to expand knowledge on key issues related to gender and motherhood beyond the medical professions and public health.

    This is done through alternative communication channels targeted at specific groups, especially key policy makers outside the health sector to drive change actions around maternal health.

    Source: NAN

  •   To achieve accelerated reduction in maternal and perinatal mortality the quality of care provided to pregnant women and newborns in health facilities must meet quality criteria which include health care that must be safe effective timely efficient equitable and people centred stated Professor Jamilu Tukur Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Also to improve quality of care availability of health information plays a vital role and this is the core aim of the Maternal and Perinatal Database for Quality Equity and Dignity MPD 4 QED Programme added Professor Tukur the National coordinator WHO Maternal and Paternal Database for Quality Equity and Dignity Project MPD 4 QED To make data readily available for quality of care improvement and accelerate progress towards the 2030 SDGs targets of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality the World Health Organization WHO Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health FMoH launched a two year project MPD 4 QED supported by MSD for Mothers in 2019 The MPD 4 QED programme uses a nationwide electronic system established in 54 referral level facilities to collect data on maternal and perinatal events during labour childbirth and the early neonatal period The data is routinely extracted from the hospital records of every pregnant woman at the end of her pregnancy and uploaded into a web based DHIS2 dashboard by designated trained medical records officers In the case of a maternal or perinatal death the designated hospital coordinators an obstetrician and neonatologist conduct an audit to find out the primary causes of deaths and their contributing factors WHO focal points in the Country Office and headquarters supported the Central Coordination Team CCT in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano Northwest Nigeria to train and equip medical records officers and hospital coordinators obstetrician and neonatologist in each of the participating hospitals to capture data from clients case files after discharge and conduct audits of maternal and perinatal deaths that occur This information is analysed and disseminated to stakeholders including the FMoH periodically as scorecards and publication of quarterly newsletters After a year of continuous data collection September 2019 to August 2020 the database had 76 563 women enrolled comprising of 71 758 obstetric and 4 805 gynaecologic admissions with 97 of deaths audited There is timely information on facility specific maternal mortality ratio adjusted maternal mortality ratio for the collaborating hospitals which averaged nationally at 575 per 100 000 live births as at 31 August 2020 with regional variations ranging from 393 per 100 000 livebirths in the Southeast to 790 per 100 000 livebirths in the Northeast The figures have generated discourse by the network of hospitals FMoH and WHO on why these deaths occur and hospitals themselves have identified innovative and feasible micro and macro strategies that can be implemented with minimal resources to improve quality of care at the facility level Thus the MPD 4 QED programme has successfully provided a system that generates timely and quality information on maternal and perinatal care in the health facilities Findings from death audits are used by the hospital management to make decisions that will improve the quality of care provided to pregnant women and their babies improve the experiences of pregnant women and their families and can be used by the MPDRS committees in tertiary health facilities stated Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi Director Hospital Services FMoH She added that this database will go a long way in reducing neonatal mortality as the causes are now evident and necessary measures are taken to ensure no case is repeated In the light of this the Federal Ministry of Health has adopted the MPD 4 QED programme as its core strategy to strengthen implementation of MPDSR in tertiary level facilities to improve the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns The global direction is to end preventable maternal and perinatal death Every pregnancy and birth is unique and collecting and analyzing data on each one is important as it provides vital information to help mitigate the causes and factors associated with maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality says Dr Bosede Ezekewe Technical Officer Reproductive Health WHO Nigeria WHO provided technical assistance to the FMoH and National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA to finalize the National MPDSR Bill through facilitating input and recommendation from colleagues and partners from the Regional Office and Headquarters WHO is also adding her voice to advocate for the passage of the Bill into law The MPD 4 QED programme is supported by funding from MSD through MSD for Mothers the company s 500 million global initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life MSD for Mothers is an initiative of Merck amp Co Inc Kenilworth NJ U S A
    WHO collaborates with Ministry of Health to tackle maternal and perinatal mortality
      To achieve accelerated reduction in maternal and perinatal mortality the quality of care provided to pregnant women and newborns in health facilities must meet quality criteria which include health care that must be safe effective timely efficient equitable and people centred stated Professor Jamilu Tukur Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Also to improve quality of care availability of health information plays a vital role and this is the core aim of the Maternal and Perinatal Database for Quality Equity and Dignity MPD 4 QED Programme added Professor Tukur the National coordinator WHO Maternal and Paternal Database for Quality Equity and Dignity Project MPD 4 QED To make data readily available for quality of care improvement and accelerate progress towards the 2030 SDGs targets of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality the World Health Organization WHO Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health FMoH launched a two year project MPD 4 QED supported by MSD for Mothers in 2019 The MPD 4 QED programme uses a nationwide electronic system established in 54 referral level facilities to collect data on maternal and perinatal events during labour childbirth and the early neonatal period The data is routinely extracted from the hospital records of every pregnant woman at the end of her pregnancy and uploaded into a web based DHIS2 dashboard by designated trained medical records officers In the case of a maternal or perinatal death the designated hospital coordinators an obstetrician and neonatologist conduct an audit to find out the primary causes of deaths and their contributing factors WHO focal points in the Country Office and headquarters supported the Central Coordination Team CCT in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano Northwest Nigeria to train and equip medical records officers and hospital coordinators obstetrician and neonatologist in each of the participating hospitals to capture data from clients case files after discharge and conduct audits of maternal and perinatal deaths that occur This information is analysed and disseminated to stakeholders including the FMoH periodically as scorecards and publication of quarterly newsletters After a year of continuous data collection September 2019 to August 2020 the database had 76 563 women enrolled comprising of 71 758 obstetric and 4 805 gynaecologic admissions with 97 of deaths audited There is timely information on facility specific maternal mortality ratio adjusted maternal mortality ratio for the collaborating hospitals which averaged nationally at 575 per 100 000 live births as at 31 August 2020 with regional variations ranging from 393 per 100 000 livebirths in the Southeast to 790 per 100 000 livebirths in the Northeast The figures have generated discourse by the network of hospitals FMoH and WHO on why these deaths occur and hospitals themselves have identified innovative and feasible micro and macro strategies that can be implemented with minimal resources to improve quality of care at the facility level Thus the MPD 4 QED programme has successfully provided a system that generates timely and quality information on maternal and perinatal care in the health facilities Findings from death audits are used by the hospital management to make decisions that will improve the quality of care provided to pregnant women and their babies improve the experiences of pregnant women and their families and can be used by the MPDRS committees in tertiary health facilities stated Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi Director Hospital Services FMoH She added that this database will go a long way in reducing neonatal mortality as the causes are now evident and necessary measures are taken to ensure no case is repeated In the light of this the Federal Ministry of Health has adopted the MPD 4 QED programme as its core strategy to strengthen implementation of MPDSR in tertiary level facilities to improve the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns The global direction is to end preventable maternal and perinatal death Every pregnancy and birth is unique and collecting and analyzing data on each one is important as it provides vital information to help mitigate the causes and factors associated with maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality says Dr Bosede Ezekewe Technical Officer Reproductive Health WHO Nigeria WHO provided technical assistance to the FMoH and National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA to finalize the National MPDSR Bill through facilitating input and recommendation from colleagues and partners from the Regional Office and Headquarters WHO is also adding her voice to advocate for the passage of the Bill into law The MPD 4 QED programme is supported by funding from MSD through MSD for Mothers the company s 500 million global initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life MSD for Mothers is an initiative of Merck amp Co Inc Kenilworth NJ U S A
    WHO collaborates with Ministry of Health to tackle maternal and perinatal mortality
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    WHO collaborates with Ministry of Health to tackle maternal and perinatal mortality

    “To achieve accelerated reduction in maternal and perinatal mortality, the quality of care provided to pregnant women and newborns in health facilities must meet quality criteria which include health care that must be safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable and people-centred” stated Professor Jamilu Tukur, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

    “Also, to improve quality of care, availability of health information plays a vital role, and this is the core aim of the Maternal and Perinatal Database for Quality, Equity and Dignity (MPD-4-QED) Programme”, added Professor Tukur the National coordinator, WHO Maternal and Paternal Database for Quality, Equity and Dignity Project (MPD-4-QED).

    To make data readily available for quality of care improvement and accelerate progress towards the 2030 SDGs targets of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, the World Health Organization (WHO) Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) launched a two –year project, MPD-4-QED supported by MSD for Mothers* in 2019.

    The MPD-4-QED programme uses a nationwide electronic system established in 54-referral level facilities to collect data on maternal and perinatal events during labour, childbirth and the early neonatal period. The data is routinely extracted from the hospital records of every pregnant woman at the end of her pregnancy and uploaded into a web based DHIS2 dashboard by designated trained medical records officers. In the case of a maternal or perinatal death, the designated hospital coordinators (an obstetrician and neonatologist) conduct an audit to find out the primary causes of deaths and their contributing factors.

    WHO focal points in the Country Office and headquarters supported the Central Coordination Team (CCT) in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Northwest Nigeria to train and equip medical records officers and hospital coordinators (obstetrician and neonatologist) in each of the participating hospitals to capture data from clients’ case files after discharge and conduct audits of maternal and perinatal deaths that occur. This information is analysed and disseminated to stakeholders including the FMoH periodically as scorecards and publication of quarterly newsletters.

    After a year of continuous data collection (September 2019 to August 2020), the database had 76 563 women enrolled comprising of 71 758 obstetric and 4 805 gynaecologic admissions with 97% of deaths audited. There is timely information on facility specific maternal mortality ratio (adjusted maternal mortality ratio) for the collaborating hospitals which averaged nationally at 575 per 100 000 live births as at 31 August, 2020 with regional variations ranging from 393 per 100 000 livebirths in the Southeast to 790 per 100 000 livebirths in the Northeast.

    The figures have generated discourse by the network of hospitals, FMoH and WHO on why these deaths occur and hospitals themselves have identified innovative and feasible micro and macro strategies that can be implemented with minimal resources to improve quality of care at the facility level.

    “Thus, the MPD-4-QED programme has successfully provided a system that generates timely and quality information on maternal and perinatal care in the health facilities.  Findings from death audits are used by the hospital management to make decisions that will improve the quality of care provided to pregnant women and their babies, improve the experiences of pregnant women and their families and can be used by the MPDRS committees in tertiary health facilities” stated Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi (Director Hospital Services, FMoH).

    “She added that this database will go a long way in reducing neonatal mortality as the causes are now evident and necessary measures are taken to ensure no case is repeated”.

    In the light of this, the Federal Ministry of Health has adopted the MPD-4-QED programme as its core strategy to strengthen implementation of MPDSR in tertiary level facilities to improve the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns.

    “The global direction is to end preventable maternal and perinatal death. Every pregnancy and birth is unique, and collecting and analyzing data on each one is important as it provides vital information to help mitigate the causes and factors associated with maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality” says Dr Bosede Ezekewe, Technical Officer, Reproductive Health WHO Nigeria.

    WHO provided technical assistance to the FMoH and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to finalize the National MPDSR Bill through facilitating input and recommendation from colleagues and partners from the Regional Office and Headquarters. WHO is also adding her voice to advocate for the passage of the Bill into law.

    The MPD-4-QED programme is supported by funding from MSD, through MSD for Mothers, the company’s $500 million global initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die while giving life. MSD for Mothers is an initiative of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, U.S.A.

  •   UK international champion for adaptation and resilience Anne Marie Trevelyan meets with the Federal Minister of the Environment business leaders and civil society experts to discuss Nigeria s vulnerabilities to climate change During a virtual visit to Nigeria on March 18 Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan British International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience met with His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar Federal Minister for the Environment of other members of the Federal Government of Nigeria business leaders company experts and others His visit follows last month s visit by COP26 President designate Alok Sharma to Nigeria The impacts of climate change will not be the same around the world The risks that climate change poses to Nigeria are increasing The country is already one of the most climate vulnerable in the world As the effects of climate change worsen Nigeria is expected to face increasing aridity drought desertification flooding and erosion Nigeria s ability to develop the levels of climate change resilience necessary to effectively offset the negative effects of climate change is essential to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future in Nigeria As the host of COP26 and as made clear by the UK government s Integrated Review which was published this week and which sets the UK s security defense and foreign policy priorities for next ten years climate change and biodiversity loss fundamental long term strategic priority of the UK government Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan s role as an international champion for adaptation and resilience is an important part of the UK s ambition to deliver on its climate change commitments The visit of Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan was an important step in the engagement of the United Kingdom and Nigeria on a range of issues related to climate change In particular it was a key moment to develop actions that Nigeria can take to increase awareness and adoption of accessible adaptation practices that will help halt the potential damage of climate change in Nigeria The dual threats of climate change that Nigeria faces namely floods and drought are real The main livelihood for 70 of the Nigerian population is agriculture These livelihoods are highly dependent on the right amount of rainfall and are very sensitive to the adverse effects of climate change Nigeria lost about 25 of its rice crop last year due to flooding Without the essential development of adequate adaptation measures across Nigeria the country faces the threat of an increase in crop failure desertification flooding and drought which will reduce agricultural productivity and have a significant impact on people s livelihoods food security and the economy of Nigeria Evidence suggests that climate change will also increase the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria During her visit the Minister met a series of interlocutors from the government of Nigeria the private sector civil society and climate change experts This included a call with the UK funded Propcom Mai Karfi rural and agricultural market development program They discussed the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of people in Nigeria and how they are making available affordable climate resilient and locally adapted seed varieties and farming techniques to improve and preserve soils The Minister was also able to hear from companies that have adopted the model such as Techni Seed and Premier Seed Nigeria Limited The Minister met with Nigerian SMEs to discuss how their businesses and clients smallholder farmers are responding to climate change The Minister participated in a roundtable on adaptation and resilience chaired by Professor Francis Adesina who helped draft the framework for Nigeria s national adaptation plan in June 2020 The Minister met with the Program Operations Manager United Nations Environment Committee in the Niger Delta to understand how to speed up the clean up operation in Ogoniland The minister met with the president s special adviser on agriculture Dr Momale to better understand the links between climate change environmental degradation and insecurity in Nigeria The Minister also met His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar Federal Minister for the Environment where she was able to reaffirm the UK s commitment to a balanced outcome at COP26 that facilitates ambition not only on mitigation but also on adaptation and resilience and green finance The importance of the Climate Change Bill Environmental Sanitation in the Niger Delta and Nigeria s National Gender Action Plan were also discussed The minister called for progress in mobile money and financial inclusion as a critical means of facilitating savings in climate change shocks and properly budgeted disaster risk preparedness programs for coping with floods and drought She also encouraged the integration of climate smart agriculture requirements into government lending programs At the end of the visit Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience said As Africa s largest economy and a country highly vulnerable to climate impacts Nigeria s regional leadership on climate action is extremely important Great strides have been made in adapting to the effects of climate change while advancing gender equality notably through its publication of a National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change and the development of a framework for a national adaptation plan I look forward to seeing some of this progress translate into an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution NDC Building resilience to climate change is a priority for the UK Presidency of COP26 and I look forward to working with Nigeria as we look to COP26 and beyond to spur global action and ambition Anne Marie Trevelyan was appointed UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience for the Presidency of COP26 on November 7 2020 On behalf of the UK Government and the COP26 Presidency of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change United Nations the UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience will lead discussions between national governments the international community and business on adaptation and resilience A amp R and work to support countries including most affected by climate change to step up actions to adapt to its impacts and build resilience for the future Propcom Mai karfi is a rural and agricultural market development program funded by the UK government Their objective is to increase the incomes of the rural poor by reviving and facilitating access to agricultural and rural markets in nine localities in northern Nigeria including the six northeastern states emerging from conflict Their improved seeds initiative is designed to address the challenges of raising awareness and access to certified seeds by rural farmers They work with Premier Seeds a leading seed distributor MSD which supports and supervises Rural Seed Promoters RSPs to deliver seeds Visit the Propcom Mai Karfi website for more information The UK Government s Integrated Security Defense Development and Foreign Policy Review outlines the Government s vision for the UK s role in the world over the next decade and the steps we will take through by 2025 The review is a comprehensive articulation of UK national security and international politics It describes three core national interests that bind the citizens of the UK sovereignty security and prosperity alongside our values of democracy and a commitment to universal human rights the rule of law freedom of expression and faith and equality Read the integrated review
    Nigeria: Anne-Marie Trevelyan meets experts to discuss vulnerabilities to climate change
      UK international champion for adaptation and resilience Anne Marie Trevelyan meets with the Federal Minister of the Environment business leaders and civil society experts to discuss Nigeria s vulnerabilities to climate change During a virtual visit to Nigeria on March 18 Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan British International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience met with His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar Federal Minister for the Environment of other members of the Federal Government of Nigeria business leaders company experts and others His visit follows last month s visit by COP26 President designate Alok Sharma to Nigeria The impacts of climate change will not be the same around the world The risks that climate change poses to Nigeria are increasing The country is already one of the most climate vulnerable in the world As the effects of climate change worsen Nigeria is expected to face increasing aridity drought desertification flooding and erosion Nigeria s ability to develop the levels of climate change resilience necessary to effectively offset the negative effects of climate change is essential to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future in Nigeria As the host of COP26 and as made clear by the UK government s Integrated Review which was published this week and which sets the UK s security defense and foreign policy priorities for next ten years climate change and biodiversity loss fundamental long term strategic priority of the UK government Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan s role as an international champion for adaptation and resilience is an important part of the UK s ambition to deliver on its climate change commitments The visit of Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan was an important step in the engagement of the United Kingdom and Nigeria on a range of issues related to climate change In particular it was a key moment to develop actions that Nigeria can take to increase awareness and adoption of accessible adaptation practices that will help halt the potential damage of climate change in Nigeria The dual threats of climate change that Nigeria faces namely floods and drought are real The main livelihood for 70 of the Nigerian population is agriculture These livelihoods are highly dependent on the right amount of rainfall and are very sensitive to the adverse effects of climate change Nigeria lost about 25 of its rice crop last year due to flooding Without the essential development of adequate adaptation measures across Nigeria the country faces the threat of an increase in crop failure desertification flooding and drought which will reduce agricultural productivity and have a significant impact on people s livelihoods food security and the economy of Nigeria Evidence suggests that climate change will also increase the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria During her visit the Minister met a series of interlocutors from the government of Nigeria the private sector civil society and climate change experts This included a call with the UK funded Propcom Mai Karfi rural and agricultural market development program They discussed the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of people in Nigeria and how they are making available affordable climate resilient and locally adapted seed varieties and farming techniques to improve and preserve soils The Minister was also able to hear from companies that have adopted the model such as Techni Seed and Premier Seed Nigeria Limited The Minister met with Nigerian SMEs to discuss how their businesses and clients smallholder farmers are responding to climate change The Minister participated in a roundtable on adaptation and resilience chaired by Professor Francis Adesina who helped draft the framework for Nigeria s national adaptation plan in June 2020 The Minister met with the Program Operations Manager United Nations Environment Committee in the Niger Delta to understand how to speed up the clean up operation in Ogoniland The minister met with the president s special adviser on agriculture Dr Momale to better understand the links between climate change environmental degradation and insecurity in Nigeria The Minister also met His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar Federal Minister for the Environment where she was able to reaffirm the UK s commitment to a balanced outcome at COP26 that facilitates ambition not only on mitigation but also on adaptation and resilience and green finance The importance of the Climate Change Bill Environmental Sanitation in the Niger Delta and Nigeria s National Gender Action Plan were also discussed The minister called for progress in mobile money and financial inclusion as a critical means of facilitating savings in climate change shocks and properly budgeted disaster risk preparedness programs for coping with floods and drought She also encouraged the integration of climate smart agriculture requirements into government lending programs At the end of the visit Minister Anne Marie Trevelyan UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience said As Africa s largest economy and a country highly vulnerable to climate impacts Nigeria s regional leadership on climate action is extremely important Great strides have been made in adapting to the effects of climate change while advancing gender equality notably through its publication of a National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change and the development of a framework for a national adaptation plan I look forward to seeing some of this progress translate into an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution NDC Building resilience to climate change is a priority for the UK Presidency of COP26 and I look forward to working with Nigeria as we look to COP26 and beyond to spur global action and ambition Anne Marie Trevelyan was appointed UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience for the Presidency of COP26 on November 7 2020 On behalf of the UK Government and the COP26 Presidency of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change United Nations the UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience will lead discussions between national governments the international community and business on adaptation and resilience A amp R and work to support countries including most affected by climate change to step up actions to adapt to its impacts and build resilience for the future Propcom Mai karfi is a rural and agricultural market development program funded by the UK government Their objective is to increase the incomes of the rural poor by reviving and facilitating access to agricultural and rural markets in nine localities in northern Nigeria including the six northeastern states emerging from conflict Their improved seeds initiative is designed to address the challenges of raising awareness and access to certified seeds by rural farmers They work with Premier Seeds a leading seed distributor MSD which supports and supervises Rural Seed Promoters RSPs to deliver seeds Visit the Propcom Mai Karfi website for more information The UK Government s Integrated Security Defense Development and Foreign Policy Review outlines the Government s vision for the UK s role in the world over the next decade and the steps we will take through by 2025 The review is a comprehensive articulation of UK national security and international politics It describes three core national interests that bind the citizens of the UK sovereignty security and prosperity alongside our values of democracy and a commitment to universal human rights the rule of law freedom of expression and faith and equality Read the integrated review
    Nigeria: Anne-Marie Trevelyan meets experts to discuss vulnerabilities to climate change
    Africa2 years ago

    Nigeria: Anne-Marie Trevelyan meets experts to discuss vulnerabilities to climate change

    UK international champion for adaptation and resilience, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, meets with the Federal Minister of the Environment, business leaders and civil society experts to discuss Nigeria's vulnerabilities to climate change.

    During a virtual visit to Nigeria on March 18, Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, British International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, met with His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, Federal Minister for the Environment, of other members of the Federal Government of Nigeria, business leaders, company experts and others. His visit follows last month's visit by COP26 President-designate Alok Sharma to Nigeria.

    The impacts of climate change will not be the same around the world. The risks that climate change poses to Nigeria are increasing. The country is already one of the most climate vulnerable in the world. As the effects of climate change worsen, Nigeria is expected to face increasing aridity, drought, desertification, flooding and erosion. Nigeria's ability to develop the levels of climate change resilience necessary to effectively offset the negative effects of climate change is essential to ensure a peaceful and prosperous future in Nigeria.

    As the host of COP26, and as made clear by the UK government's Integrated Review, which was published this week and which sets the UK's security, defense and foreign policy priorities for next ten years - climate change and biodiversity loss fundamental long-term strategic priority of the UK government. Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan's role as an international champion for adaptation and resilience is an important part of the UK's ambition to deliver on its climate change commitments.

    The visit of Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan was an important step in the engagement of the United Kingdom and Nigeria on a range of issues related to climate change. In particular, it was a key moment to develop actions that Nigeria can take to increase awareness and adoption of accessible adaptation practices that will help halt the potential damage of climate change in Nigeria.

    The dual threats of climate change that Nigeria faces, namely floods and drought, are real. The main livelihood for 70% of the Nigerian population is agriculture. These livelihoods are highly dependent on the right amount of rainfall and are very sensitive to the adverse effects of climate change.

    Nigeria lost about 25% of its rice crop last year due to flooding. Without the essential development of adequate adaptation measures across Nigeria, the country faces the threat of an increase in crop failure, desertification, flooding and drought which will reduce agricultural productivity and have a significant impact. on people's livelihoods, food security and the economy of Nigeria. Evidence suggests that climate change will also increase the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria.

    During her visit, the Minister met a series of interlocutors from the government of Nigeria, the private sector, civil society and climate change experts. This included a call with the UK-funded Propcom Mai-Karfi rural and agricultural market development program. They discussed the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of people in Nigeria and how they are making available affordable, climate-resilient and locally adapted seed varieties and farming techniques to improve and preserve soils. The Minister was also able to hear from companies that have adopted the model such as Techni Seed and Premier Seed Nigeria Limited.

    The Minister met with Nigerian SMEs to discuss how their businesses and clients (smallholder farmers) are responding to climate change. The Minister participated in a roundtable on adaptation and resilience chaired by Professor Francis Adesina who helped draft the framework for Nigeria's national adaptation plan in June 2020. The Minister met with the Program Operations Manager United Nations Environment Committee in the Niger Delta to understand how to speed up the clean-up operation in Ogoniland.

    The minister met with the president's special adviser on agriculture. Dr. Momale to better understand the links between climate change / environmental degradation and insecurity in Nigeria.

    The Minister also met His Excellency Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, Federal Minister for the Environment, where she was able to reaffirm the UK's commitment to a balanced outcome at COP26 that facilitates ambition not only on mitigation, but also on adaptation and resilience and green finance. The importance of the Climate Change Bill, Environmental Sanitation in the Niger Delta and Nigeria's National Gender Action Plan were also discussed.

    The minister called for progress in mobile money and financial inclusion as a critical means of facilitating savings in climate change shocks and properly budgeted disaster risk preparedness programs for coping with floods and drought. She also encouraged the integration of climate-smart agriculture requirements into government lending programs.

    At the end of the visit, Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience, said:

    "As Africa's largest economy and a country highly vulnerable to climate impacts, Nigeria's regional leadership on climate action is extremely important. Great strides have been made in adapting to the effects of climate change, while advancing gender equality, notably through its publication of a “National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change” and the 'development of a framework for a national adaptation plan. I look forward to seeing some of this progress translate into an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). "

    "Building resilience to climate change is a priority for the UK Presidency of COP26 and I look forward to working with Nigeria as we look to COP26 and beyond, to spur global action and ambition. . "

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience for the Presidency of COP26 on November 7, 2020. On behalf of the UK Government and the COP26 Presidency of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change United Nations, the UK International Champion for Adaptation and Resilience will lead discussions between national governments, the international community and business on adaptation and resilience (A&R) and work to support countries, including most affected by climate change, to step up actions to adapt to its impacts and build resilience for the future.

    Propcom Mai-karfi is a rural and agricultural market development program funded by the UK government. Their objective is to increase the incomes of the rural poor by reviving and facilitating access to agricultural and rural markets in nine localities in northern Nigeria; including the six northeastern states emerging from conflict. Their improved seeds initiative is designed to address the challenges of raising awareness and access to certified seeds by rural farmers. They work with Premier Seeds, a leading seed distributor (MSD), which supports and supervises Rural Seed Promoters (RSPs) to deliver seeds. Visit the Propcom Mai-Karfi website for more information.

    The UK Government's Integrated Security, Defense, Development and Foreign Policy Review outlines the Government's vision for the UK's role in the world over the next decade and the steps we will take through by 2025. The review is a comprehensive articulation of UK national security. and international politics. It describes three core national interests that bind the citizens of the UK - sovereignty, security and prosperity - alongside our values ​​of democracy and a commitment to universal human rights, the rule of law, freedom of expression and faith and equality. Read the integrated review.

  •   The Nigeria Health Watch a nonprofit organisation says community Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response MPDSR will help to reduce maternal deaths rate in the country Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director Nigeria Health Watch made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday The World Health Organisation WHO says maternal mortality or death is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after the delivery or termination of a pregnancy WHO s records show that Nigeria accounts for nearly 20 per cent of global maternal deaths Ihekweazu said that MPDSR would provide an avenue for stakeholders and decision makers to be aware of the causes of maternal deaths and address them She noted that as a framework for monitoring maternal deaths it would ensure the timely reporting and surveillance of women dying while giving birth in communities According to her an 18 month long programme for maternal deaths in Nigeria was launched in January 2019 under the theme Giving Birth in Nigeria It was implemented by a consortium of Africare Nigeria Health Watch and EpiAFRIC The programme supported by funding from MSD for Mothers was implemented to investigate why women die while giving birth It is done to create a sense of urgency and use the data and insights from the review to catalyse accountability for the death of every woman in the country she told NAN Ihekweazu disclosed that the results of these findings were analysed in a community informed maternal death review the Why Are Women Dying While Giving Birth in Nigeria report The Health Watch MD said that the report highlighted Nigeria s high maternal mortality burden It emphasises on the prevalence of maternal deaths in communities where there have been no previous systematic attempt to ensure that out of facility deaths were integrated into any routine review or what was formally known as MPDSR In Nigeria the Federal Ministry of Health adopted the MPDSR in November 2016 However state level implementation of MPDSR is inadequate because it is focused on facility based maternal deaths alone and sub national MPDSR committees are unable to effectively turn the data into action Consequently this gap fueled the Giving Birth in Nigeria programme s approach to carry out the review of maternal deaths in communities This is with the involvement of family decision makers traditional leaders religious influencers health workers and government level officers in inquiries awareness and dialogue she said Ihekweazu noted that the Community MPSDR as recommended by the report was key to reducing maternal deaths in the country Following the findings of the report the following recommendations were presented for reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria State governments should leverage traditional and religious leaders to build upon existing socio cultural structures to speed up accountability for maternal deaths at the community level Governments at all levels should put in place sustainable structures in local communities so that community maternal death reviews are implemented and included in state level MPDSR efforts in health facilities Maternal health advocacy should be implemented at the community level through partnerships with existing local government health education departments and community leaders Ihekweazu said Edited By Vivian Ihechu NAN
    Nigeria Health Watch recommends community MPDSR to curb maternal deaths
      The Nigeria Health Watch a nonprofit organisation says community Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response MPDSR will help to reduce maternal deaths rate in the country Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director Nigeria Health Watch made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday The World Health Organisation WHO says maternal mortality or death is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after the delivery or termination of a pregnancy WHO s records show that Nigeria accounts for nearly 20 per cent of global maternal deaths Ihekweazu said that MPDSR would provide an avenue for stakeholders and decision makers to be aware of the causes of maternal deaths and address them She noted that as a framework for monitoring maternal deaths it would ensure the timely reporting and surveillance of women dying while giving birth in communities According to her an 18 month long programme for maternal deaths in Nigeria was launched in January 2019 under the theme Giving Birth in Nigeria It was implemented by a consortium of Africare Nigeria Health Watch and EpiAFRIC The programme supported by funding from MSD for Mothers was implemented to investigate why women die while giving birth It is done to create a sense of urgency and use the data and insights from the review to catalyse accountability for the death of every woman in the country she told NAN Ihekweazu disclosed that the results of these findings were analysed in a community informed maternal death review the Why Are Women Dying While Giving Birth in Nigeria report The Health Watch MD said that the report highlighted Nigeria s high maternal mortality burden It emphasises on the prevalence of maternal deaths in communities where there have been no previous systematic attempt to ensure that out of facility deaths were integrated into any routine review or what was formally known as MPDSR In Nigeria the Federal Ministry of Health adopted the MPDSR in November 2016 However state level implementation of MPDSR is inadequate because it is focused on facility based maternal deaths alone and sub national MPDSR committees are unable to effectively turn the data into action Consequently this gap fueled the Giving Birth in Nigeria programme s approach to carry out the review of maternal deaths in communities This is with the involvement of family decision makers traditional leaders religious influencers health workers and government level officers in inquiries awareness and dialogue she said Ihekweazu noted that the Community MPSDR as recommended by the report was key to reducing maternal deaths in the country Following the findings of the report the following recommendations were presented for reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria State governments should leverage traditional and religious leaders to build upon existing socio cultural structures to speed up accountability for maternal deaths at the community level Governments at all levels should put in place sustainable structures in local communities so that community maternal death reviews are implemented and included in state level MPDSR efforts in health facilities Maternal health advocacy should be implemented at the community level through partnerships with existing local government health education departments and community leaders Ihekweazu said Edited By Vivian Ihechu NAN
    Nigeria Health Watch recommends community MPDSR to curb maternal deaths
    Health2 years ago

    Nigeria Health Watch recommends community MPDSR to curb maternal deaths

    The Nigeria Health Watch , a nonprofit organisation,  says community Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) will help to reduce maternal deaths rate in the country.

    Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says maternal mortality  or death is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days after the delivery or termination of a pregnancy.

    WHO’s records show that Nigeria accounts for nearly 20 per cent of global maternal deaths.

    Ihekweazu said that MPDSR would provide an avenue for stakeholders and decision-makers to be aware of the causes of maternal deaths and address them.

    She noted that as a framework for monitoring maternal deaths, it would ensure the timely reporting and surveillance of women dying while giving birth in communities.

    According to her,  an 18-month long programme for maternal deaths in Nigeria was launched in January 2019, under the theme: “Giving Birth in Nigeria’’.

    “It was implemented by a consortium of Africare, Nigeria Health Watch, and EpiAFRIC.

    “The  programme, supported by funding from MSD for Mothers, was implemented to investigate why women die while giving birth

    “It is done to create a sense of urgency and use the data and insights from the review to catalyse accountability for the death of every woman in the country,” she told NAN.

    Ihekweazu disclosed that the results of these findings were analysed in a community-informed maternal death review, the  “Why Are Women Dying While Giving Birth in Nigeria?” report.

    The Health Watch MD said that the report highlighted Nigeria’s high maternal mortality burden.

    “ It emphasises on  the prevalence of maternal deaths in communities, where there have been no previous systematic attempt to ensure that out-of-facility deaths were integrated into any routine review or what was formally known as MPDSR.

    “In Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health adopted the MPDSR in November 2016 .

    “However, state-level implementation of MPDSR is inadequate  because it is focused on facility-based maternal deaths alone and sub-national MPDSR committees are unable to effectively turn the data into action.

    “Consequently, this gap fueled the Giving Birth in Nigeria programme’s approach to carry out the review of maternal deaths in communities.

    “This is with the involvement of family decision-makers, traditional leaders, religious influencers, health workers and government-level officers in inquiries, awareness  and dialogue,” she said.

    Ihekweazu noted that the Community MPSDR, as recommended by the report, was key to reducing maternal deaths in the country.

    “Following the findings of the report, the following recommendations were presented for reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria.

    “State governments should leverage traditional and religious leaders to build upon existing socio-cultural structures to speed up accountability for maternal deaths at the community level.

    “Governments at all levels should put in place sustainable structures in local communities, so that community maternal death reviews are implemented and included in state-level MPDSR efforts in health facilities.

    “Maternal health advocacy should be implemented at the community level through partnerships with existing local government health education departments and community leaders,” Ihekweazu said.


    Edited By: Vivian Ihechu
    (NAN)

  •  A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Ilorin Abdulhakeem Azeez has won the MSD Animal Health World Veterinary Association 2020 Veterinary Student Scholarship In a statement signed by Dr Ismail Odetokun Head of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the University on Monday Azeez is the only Nigerian who won the award among the 41 winners world wide According to him the award is a programme designed to aid students in their scholastic development which will also enable them to continue their education by offering direct financial support in recognition of their academic achievements This will also aid in the development of their academic and veterinary career MSD Animal Health is a leading global biopharmaceutical company which has been investing in medicines and vaccines for many of the world s most challenging diseases MSD Animal Health is a division of Merck amp Co Inc Kenilworth N J USA he said Edited By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Yemi Idris Aduloju Source NAN
    Unilorin Vet student wins MSD Animal Health scholarship
     A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Ilorin Abdulhakeem Azeez has won the MSD Animal Health World Veterinary Association 2020 Veterinary Student Scholarship In a statement signed by Dr Ismail Odetokun Head of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the University on Monday Azeez is the only Nigerian who won the award among the 41 winners world wide According to him the award is a programme designed to aid students in their scholastic development which will also enable them to continue their education by offering direct financial support in recognition of their academic achievements This will also aid in the development of their academic and veterinary career MSD Animal Health is a leading global biopharmaceutical company which has been investing in medicines and vaccines for many of the world s most challenging diseases MSD Animal Health is a division of Merck amp Co Inc Kenilworth N J USA he said Edited By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Yemi Idris Aduloju Source NAN
    Unilorin Vet student wins MSD Animal Health scholarship
    General news2 years ago

    Unilorin Vet student wins MSD Animal Health scholarship

    A 300-Level student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, Abdulhakeem Azeez, has won the MSD Animal Health/World Veterinary Association 2020 Veterinary Student Scholarship.

    In a statement signed by Dr Ismail Odetokun, Head of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the University on Monday, Azeez is the only Nigerian, who won the award among the 41 winners world-wide.

    According to him, the award is a programme designed to aid students in their scholastic development, which will also enable them to continue their education by offering direct financial support, in recognition of their academic achievements.

    “This will also aid in the development of their academic and veterinary career.

    MSD Animal Health is a leading global biopharmaceutical company, which has been investing in medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases.

    MSD Animal Health is a division of Merck &Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA,” he said.


    Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Yemi Idris-Aduloju
    Source: NAN