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Maternal Health: U.S. Initiates Five-Year $18m Project In Cross River

Posted: Nov 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

United States Government has initiated a five-year $18 million public-private partnership that addresses three primary delays associated with maternal and newborn health – the delay in seeking services, the delay in reaching care, and the delay in receiving highquality care at a health facility.

In a release by the Public Affairs Section, United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, USAID sponsored a week-long, global team-building meeting of the initiative called Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Initiative, in Calabar, Cross River State, last week.

In 2014, Nigeria became the third country to adopt the initiative after successes were reported by the programme in Uganda and Zambia.

The meeting, organised by the Cross River State government in partnership with USAID, brought together national and regional partners and key stakeholders to share updates on the progress of activities in Uganda and Zambia and guide inputs on expansion in Nigeria.

The US Consul General, John Bray, USAID acting Mission Director, Aler Grubbs, and the Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade, participated in the opening ceremony.

According to a statement issued by the US embassy in Nigeria, the SMGL team members worked together to provide solutions to problems, share lessons learned, and lay the groundwork for increased collaboration and technical assistance.

“Health challenges in Nigeria are not always a result of limited access to facilities, but access to enough skilled professionals and quality services within those facilities.

“Saving Mothers, Giving Life Initiative is helping to reduce both maternal and neonatal mortality. We will continue to support and encourage the Cross River State Government in its efforts as we look to expanding the programme into other areas in Nigeria,” Bray said.

The statement added that a woman dying from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications is a major challenge in Africa and reducing maternal mortality has become a global priority.

“In Nigeria, the probability of a maternal death occurring is one to 13. In partnership with host countries and non-governmental organisations, the US government has been working to not only reduce, but also end preventable maternal and newborn deaths globally,” it said.