When it comes to inaccessibility to good quality health care services in Nigeria, the distributions are surprisingly equitable! This probably explains why many Nigerians with financial resources go abroad on medical tourism, while those who cannot afford medical tourism resign to fate. But, this is a story of change.
April 11th is the International Day of Maternal Health and Rights. For those who have experienced it, pregnant women suffer disrespect and many forms of abuse in the hands of healthcare providers. Apart from a charter that seeks to protect pregnant women from abuse, Yelwa too took an action to end disrespectful attitudes towards pregnant women.
The MamaYe campaign is gradually becoming a movement of people taking action to help improve the lives of pregnant women and newborns in their communities. This story shows how people connect for development.
Across Nigeria, journalists are publishing reports that are re-shaping maternal and newborn health issues. We contribute to their efforts through trainings that can make their reporting more impactful.
More people are taking action to demand maternal and newborn health rights from the government. We have seen success in certain states in Nigeria where the government is allocating more than 15% of their total budget to health. We take a look at how to work more to replicate the success in one state in another.
Bockarie's background is in community health, including clinical skills. He has focused on monitoring and evaluation of programmes with international non-governmental organizations in public health, education, governance, capacity building and livelihoods. He has being involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national level programs, such as the Global Fund funded Scaling up of malaria interventions for universal coverage in Sierra Leone Round 10. Bockarie hails from Koinadugu, which has one of the worst maternal and child health indicators in Sierra Leone. He was a core team member in developing maternal and child health package interventions in Koinadugu, which is now being scaled up nationally. Bockarie believes in the power of quality evidence to propel advocacy and create change.
Highlighting Sepsis, a severe infection and one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, is crucial to understanding some of the challenges pregnant women are most prone to encounter in the wake of Sierra Leone’s current Ebola outbreak.