After we got the evidence around maternal and newborn health in health care facilities in Lagos State, we used the findings to help communities improve on their attitude towards the health of pregnant women and newborns by taking the action you are about to read in this story.
We join the rest of the world to celebrate midwives, not only in Nigeria but across the globe. MamaYe is very proud of the works that midwives are doing, as their partnership with the families of pregnant women is very important to improve maternal and newborn health statistics.
Lagos State has a law on health insurance for everyone in the State. But to ensure that pregnant women and newborns are covered, we are taking action to promote the understanding of health insurance through community committes, so that families, especially husbands, may key into the plan for the benefits of their families.
The MamaYe movement continues to bring on board, communities from far and near to ensure that more people are taking action to save the lives of pregnant women and newborns in Nigeria. We bring you an example from Badagry, Lagos State.
Esther Agbon is a development activist with over 15 years experience in development covering areas such as Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Women’s Rights, Enterprise Development, Business Management and Consulting. She has a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and a Master of Project Development and Implementation from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She also has a Diploma in Gender Poverty and Employment from the International Labour Organization.
Esther is an experienced trainer on Human Rights Based Approach, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Leadership, Budget Tracking and Advocacy, Teambuilding, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.
Esther worked for Support and Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), an IFC/World Bank Project for four years (2000 -2004) providing business development services to Medium, Small and Micro enterprises. She also worked for ActionAid Nigeria for 10 years under different capacities, as Programme Advisor- Reproductive Health and Programme Coordinator, Governance.
Presently Esther is the Health Budget Advocacy Advisor with Evidence for Action, Nigeria. Her role involves designing and implementing Public Service Accountability and Advocacy programmes on Health. Esther is also involved in strengthening capacity of community actors to advocate for their right to health and she works with government at all levels to influence the review and adoption of policies that facilitate equitable access to health services.