Every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year old and 145 women of childbearing age. Similarly, 1 out of 13 women die as a result of child birth and only 40% of deliveries in rural Nigeria are supervised by trained health personnel or conducted in a health facility. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world. Underneath the statistics lies the pain of human tragedy, for thousands of families who have lost their children. Even more devastating is the knowledge that, according to recent research, essential interventions reaching women and babies on time would have averted most of these deaths. Although analyses of recent trends show that the country is making progress in cutting down infant and under-five mortality rates, the pace still remains too slow to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of reducing child mortality by a third by 2030. Sepsis and PPH are among the leading causes of maternal and newborn death in Nigeria. These infections occur mainly as a result of contamination from an unclean environment and from harmful delivery practices, including the use of unclean materials during delivery. Preventable or treatable infectious diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles and HIV/AIDS account for more than 70% of the estimated one million under-five deaths in Nigeria. However, Clean birth practices combined with monitoring and active third stage management may prevent up to 23% of maternal deaths in low income countries including Nigeria (Hassan et al).

What are we doing?

⇔We train home birth attendants and community health workers on life saving skills in the management of labour and clean birth practices

⇔We distribute misoprostol and clean birth kits in hard-to-reach areas to prevent postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and peripartum infections or sepsis

⇔We distribute vitamin A supplements and deworm under-five year old children

⇔We support women access regular antenatal services such as iron supplement and routine check-up via outreach etc

Our featured project on child health

See our priority project on maternal intervention

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide basic healthcare services to those living in rural or hard-to-reach communities including under-served areas. We also provide social needs and humanitarian services during and after crisis or community conflicts.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see every community in Nigeria with uninterrupted access to basic healthcare services and enjoy essential social needs and RHEMN leading the way to universal health coverage.

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