#GivingBirthInNigeria: Curbing Nigeria’s High Rate of Maternal Deaths Through Community MPDSR

Older women in communities act as gatekeepers in the uptake of better maternal health care practices. They must be included in activities such as the community implementation of MPDSR, ANC and health education. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Collaboration for community MPDSR is crucial to its success in Nigeria. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
  1. State governments should leverage traditional and religious leaders and build upon existing socio-cultural structures to speed up accountability for maternal deaths at the community level, through community leadership, and advocacy for the adoption of safe practices in maternal care.
  2. Apart from working with state governments, local governments and ward councils should facilitate community MPDSR and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Health should implement MPDSR as a multi-stakeholder effort that will involve community influencers, community-based organisations (CBOs), religious leaders and health workers including community health extension workers.
  3. The government at all levels — federal, state, local — should put in place sustainable structures in local communities, so that community maternal death reviews are implemented and incorporated into state-level MPDSR efforts in health facilities, where this is currently practiced. This will ensure that comprehensive data on causes of maternal deaths at every level, are identified, addressed, policies are made, and sustainable solutions created.
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch

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