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Friday, 24 April 2015

Maternal And Child Health:World Bank Approves US$500 Million

US$500 million was approved by The World Bank's Group Executive Directors, so as to help improve maternal, child and nutrition health services for women and children. This new development financing will help Nigeria to achieve its “Saving One Million Lives (SOML) Initiative,” which was launched by the Federal Ministry of Health in October 2012 to save the lives of the more than 900,000 women and children who die every year in Nigeria from largely preventable causes.

Benjamin Loevinsohn, a Lead Health Specialist and Task Team Leader for the new project said that  “Saving One Million Lives is a bold response from the Nigerian government to improve the health of the country’s mothers and children so they can survive illness and thrive. This, in turn, will also contribute to the social and economic development of Africa’s largest economy,”.

The program will be implemented under the Federal Ministry of Health, in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Finance which will provide financial oversight role.
          The new health operation is expected to start implementation on August 1, 2015 and will end four years later in December 2019.

Nigeria accounts for 14% of all annual maternal deaths worldwide, second only to India at 17%. Similarly, Nigeria accounts for 13% of all global deaths of children under the age of five years, again second only to India at 21%.
          To address the challenge of its 900,000 maternal and child deaths, the SOML Initiative focuses on (i) increasing the use of high-impact reproductive and child health and nutrition interventions; (ii) improving the quality of these services; (iii) strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems and measurement data; (iv) encouraging private sector innovation; and (v) increasing transparency in management and budgeting for Primary Health Care (PHC) in the country.

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