Nigeria: Strengthening Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (through MCHIP)
Start Date: 01/01/2009
End Date: 12/31/2014
Although supportive and explicit policies related to maternal and newborn health already exist in Nigeria and are by and large consistent with international efforts, there are still several barriers that have a direct bearing on Nigeria's ability to successfully implement and roll out high-quality emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC). EmONC interventions to be successful, pregnant women, mothers and newborns with complications must be identified early and provided with appropriate care that is sought in an opportune manner. Therefore, educating women and their families to detect obstetric and newborn danger signs and complications early, must begin as soon as possible, preferably prior to pregnancy or as soon as conception is established. Educating women and communities on complications and actions to take is essential during the antenatal, delivery and postpartum period. The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)/Nigeria Project will continue to address these barriers by implementing strategies at national and state levels to ensure that the appropriate policies, clinical standards and guidelines are in place to support the provision of quality EmONC services at state and Local Government Authority levels. About MCHIP: The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health's maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports global programming in MNCH, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening. MCHIP brings together a partnership of organizations with demonstrated success in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality rates and malnutrition. Each partner is taking the lead in developing programs around specific technical areas. Jhpiego is the Prime on MCHIP, leading a coalition of the following partners: JSI, Save the Children, PATH, JHU/IIP, Broad Branch, PSI and Macro International. For more information about MCHIP, see full MCHIP description on this Web site or visit www.mchip.net. About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches. For more information about Jhpiego, visit www.jhpiego.org.