Nigeria is among the 191 United Nations member states with the commitment to realize the
SDGs of reduction of child mortality and improve maternal health by 2030. Though there are
efforts towards improving the health outcomes, it is evident that the mortality ratio of Nigerian
women and children remains high with average maternal mortality ratio of 545 per 1000 live
births. Also, we have children under five mortality ratios of 157 per 1000 live birth. These
ratios are among the highest in the world (NDHS2008).
Moreover, women participation in issues affecting their health is also very low, hence the
need to empower them.
The campaign is designed to do the following:
- To educate pregnant women on the need for adequate antenatal care and increase their
awareness of the risks associated with pregnancies including the need to have delivery
with skilled medical attendants.
- To give nutrition advice and education on healthy eating for mother and child.
- To advise on the importance of immunization uptake during pregnancy and after delivery.
- Family Planning as a strategy to improving maternal and child health
- To equip young girls with knowledge essential for growing up with attendant expectations and challenges.