Nigeria ranks among the nations with highest mortality rates in the world. WHO statistics stands at about 814 per 100,000 pregnancies. Similarly, a woman's chance of dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Nigeria is 1 in 13. Many of these deaths are preventable, the coverage and quality of health care services in Nigeria continue to fail women and children. Presently, less than 20% of health facilities offer emergency obstetric care and only 35% is attended to by skilled attendants.
Many of these deaths are preventable; By providing essential services such as prenatal education, training and Clean Birth Kits, we can save lives. Clean Birth Kits are designed to provide birth attendants with the tools they need to ensure a clean birthing environment. The Kits ensure the WHO's "6 Cleans": clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting implement, clean cord tying, and clean cord care.
The WHO and United Nations have recommended CBKs for decades. According to Blencowe et al (reference) "A systematic review identified 30 studies showing that clean birth practices can substantially reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity from infection-related causes, including tetanus." This project target 1000 women in mambilla plateau which will significantly reduce maternal mortality in this community if it is sustained for 12 months.