Increasing Women's Access to Skilled Pregnancy Care in Nigeria (IMCHA)
Less than one-third of Nigerian women receive skilled care during delivery. This project will aim to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths by improving vulnerable women's access to healthcare services during and after childbirth.
Access to care in Nigeria
In Nigeria, only 65% of women receive antenatal care during pregnancy. In areas of the country with the highest maternal and perinatal death rates, there are stark disparities in access to health care. For example, less than 10% of pregnant women in Sokoto and Kebbi States receive antenatal care and less than 5% have skilled care during delivery.
For the most part, women's reasons for not accessing maternal health services include a lack of money to pay for health services, lack of transportation, perceptions about the negative attitudes of health workers, and lack of permission from husbands and other family members.
Understanding the problem
This project will provide insight into the issue by identifying the supply and demand factors that influence improved access to maternal health care services in Nigeria, particularly for rural women. With this base, the project will develop an implementation plan to expand the work to six geo-political zones in Nigeria. The goal? To strengthen the availability and use of maternal primary health care services by vulnerable women.
The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program is a seven-year $36 million initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).