Maternal and Child Health


Maternal and Child Health Integrated Project – Nigeria

The goal of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Nigeria was to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality by achieving its life-of-project (LOP) objective of increased utilization of quality emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) services by pregnant women, mothers, and their newborns in selected local government areas (LGAs) in three states—Kano, Zamfara, and Katsina.


Targeted States High Impact Project

Nigeria accounts for only two percent of the world’s population, but contributes about 10% of global infant, child, and maternal mortality. Every year, about one million children who are under five years old die and some 33,000 women die of pregnancyrelated conditions—most of which are preventable deaths. Nigeria has been grouped among the 68 countries that are unlikely to attain the Millennium Development Goals Four and Five (MDGs) on child and maternal survival by 2015. In nearly every area of primary healthcare, there is low coverage of high impact interventions.


Neglected Diseases No More

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) are a diverse group of diseases that affect more than 1 billion people - one-sixth of the world’s population – including an estimated 800 million children. NTDs almost exclusively impact poor people living in rural areas and urban slums of low-income countries. Women and children are especially at risk. For instance, due to their primary role as caretakers of children, women are more commonly affected by trachoma, which causes pain and blindness during the most productive years of life.