Scaling up Clinical and Community Action to Address Maternal Health in Nigeria
Pathfinder has a long history of working to address maternal mortality, and since 2007 has been developing and implementing an innovative program to address post-partum hemorrhage (PPH). Pathfinder is building on its successful CCA-PPH Plus model to focus on addressing the two leading causes of maternal mortality, PPH and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, while encouraging and building the government's capacity to address other major causes of maternal mortality (sepsis, obstructed labor, and unsafe abortion). Pathfinder will extend this model to three new states (Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara), and support better access to quality care at the community level through the training of community health extension workers by incorporating the CCA-PPH model into their pre-service curricula; and by expanding access to misoprostol for PPH within communities (which Nigeria approved in December 2011). At the same time, Pathfinder will continue to provide technical assistance to federal, state, and local partners interested in adopting the CCA-PPH Plus approach and will advocate for improved quality of maternal healthcare.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
- Improve support for the CCA-PPH Plus model at community, state, and federal levels
- Improve quality of services and build capacity of government to address postpartum hemorrhage and severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
- Incorporate the CCA-PPH Plus model into the pre-service training curriculum of community health extension workers
- Ensure that misoprostol is available at the community level for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage
Community Actions to Improve Safe Motherhood in Charanchi, Katsina State, Nigeria under the Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program
The project provided capacity building support for two local community-based organizations, including the rollout of Pathways to Change, and mobilized the organizations to identify barriers in the use of quality maternal health services.
In Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, Pathfinder aims to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, this project works to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria.
MSD for Mothers launched a new initiative to reduce maternal mortality rates in India this week, naming Pathfinder International as one of three nonprofit partners that will implement project activities.
Yesterday, Pathfinder was outraged to learn that more than 50 male boarding school students lost their lives in a senseless attack in the Yobe state of Nigeria.