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Pathfinder to Lead “Saving Mothers, Giving Life 2.0” in Kaduna State, Nigeria

November 2, 2020


Media Contact: Somto Atuanya  ([email protected])

(Abuja, Nigeria)MSD for Mothers awarded Pathfinder International $2,075,000 to improve maternal and newborn health in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, building on the work of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Initiative in Cross River State.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Improve access to maternal and newborn health services.
  • Improve the quality of maternal and newborn care and institutional delivery services including emergency obstetric and newborn care.
  • Strengthen collaboration and partnership between the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and the private health sector.

Between 2015 and 2019, through the SMGL Initiative and Pathfinder International’s Evidence to Action Project, and in close partnership with the Cross River State government, Pathfinder adapted a model to ensure pregnant women and their newborns got the care they needed. At the end of the project in health facilities supported by SMGL, there was a 66% reduction in the maternal mortality rate and a 47% reduction in the perinatal mortality rate.

Today, in Kaduna State, only 69% of antenatal care visits are conducted with skilled providers, 17.6% of deliveries occur in health facilities, 23.7% of women and newborns receive a postnatal check during the first two days after birth, and the modern contraceptive prevalence rate is 13.7%.

Pathfinder’s Saving Mothers, Giving Life 2.0: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Kaduna State will scale up key interventions from Pathfinder’s work in Cross River State to address these maternal and newborn health challenges. These interventions will be three-fold:

  • Engaging and strengthening private facilities.
  • Refining and adapting a comprehensive quality-improvement model.
  • Working with communities, including traditional birth attendants, to improve health-seeking behaviors and increase the number of deliveries taking place in health facilities.

“Pathfinder intends to leverage its recent success in significantly reducing the maternal mortality rate in Cross River State, Nigeria, as well as its deep expertise within both public and private sectors, to transfer key interventions to Kaduna state,” said Dr. Amina Dorayi, Country Director of Pathfinder International in Nigeria.

Pathfinder International

Pathfinder International has been working in Nigeria since 1965, helping to ensure that women, girls, boys, and men have the information and services they require to lead healthy reproductive lives. Our work over the years has traversed the length and breadth of the country. We have worked with the government, community-based organizations, the private sector, faith-based institutions, and communities to build capacity and strengthen health systems. For more information about Pathfinder and its work in Nigeria, visit https://pathfinderorg.wpengine.com/countries/nigeria/. Follow Pathfinder on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


MSD for Mothers

This program is supported by funding from MSD, through MSD for Mothers, the company’s $500 million initiative to help create a world where no woman dies has to die while giving life. MSD for Mothers is an initiative of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, U.S.A.