Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the world and the most populous in Africa. Often referred as 'Giant of Africa' based on the population and economy. Despite the emerging markets and prosperous economy, it has underdeveloped primary healthcare system. Infectious diseases, vector born diseases, maternal mortality, infant mortality, and malnutrition are the main public health challenges face. It was reported that every year, approximately 58,000+ young mothers are dying because of inaccessible and poor maternal health care services, in Nigeria. According to the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey 2016-17, 35% of women received no pre-natal care, and more than half of new pregnant women received no skilled birth attendance. Almost 45% of recent births received no protection against neonatal tetanus. Only 23% of the children between the age of 12-23 months received all vaccination as per the national program, indicates that number of children are still vulnerable to preventable life-threatening diseases. In addition to the health challenges faced, the country is adding millions of people every decade, which makes Nigeria as one of the fastest Read more.. .
Increasing availability, accessibility and providing affordable primary health services across rural Nigeria through demonstrated, scalable PHC models.
The Mission for Primary Health programs are spread across the rural communities of Nigeria. The key objective/s are:
- Reduce maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.
- Increase immunization coverage for children against all vaccine preventable diseases.
- Reduce mal-nourishment among pregnant women and children.
- Prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS from infected mother to the new born child.