– on the frontlines in the battle to reduce maternal mortality.
For every hundred live births, one mother dies in childbirth in Ebonyi State. As many as one in five children die before the age of five.
AMURT is working on the frontline in the battle to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria’s Ebonyi State. The challenges in the project areas are staggering – extreme poverty, lack of potable water, low literacy rate, few motorable roads, more than eighty percent of the women still are circumcised (Female Genital Mutilation). The nearest hospitals are 1-2 hours drive away. Many villages have no vehicles besides motorcycles.
EXTENDING HEALTH SERVICES TO REMOTE AND NEGLECTED COMMUNITIES
– opening new Health Centers
Nearly all the maternal deaths from our project area occur at home. The experience of the village traditional birth attendants prepare them to assist in normal birth, but when complications set in they are not equipped andnot trained to manage the emergency. The nearest medical facility is often hours away and with no access to transport, the women have had very limited options for ante-natal and birthing care.
AMURT works with the communities, local organizations and government to construct, equip and operate new health centers in the remote villages. To create the confidence among the women to come to the health center to give birth we have staff on duty round the clock, seven days a week.