Nigeria has the second highest number of maternal deaths in the world, with only 35% of births attended by skilled birth attendants (SBA). Most women, especially those in rural areas rely on unskilled traditional birth attendants. This webinar will present the findings from a 4-year research project that used community engagement to significantly increase the use of SBA. The presenters will also reflect on what the achievements mean for a sustainable increase in births attended by skilled personnel and reductions in maternal mortality in Nigeria and similar low-income countries. This research was conducted by the Women’s Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC), a Nigerian non-governmental, non-profit organisation, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, Canada and the Ministry of health in Nigeria The research is part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative, jointly funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the International Development Research Centre. This webinar is co-organised with the West Africa Health Organisation, providing support to IMCHA research teams in the region for knowledge generation and uptake by decision-makers. The webinar will be in English and in French. Register here in advance.
Registration link: https://wahooas.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JXLBo60_SxWJRSS4t2Vv9w
HIFA profile: Ermel Johnson is a Professional Assistant Research at the West African Health Organisation, WAHO, in Burkina Faso. Professional interests: the implementation of the project 'Moving Maternal Newborn, Child Health Evidence into Policy (MEP)'. This project aims to improve health outcomes for mothers and child through decision making based on evidence. The project is implemented in 6 countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal of the ECOWAS area. jermel AT wahooas.org