Project #951

Prevent Nigerian Mothers from Dying in Childbirth

by VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
May 5, 2009

A strong community focus key to success in on-going project in the North.

Community dialogue attended by men and women
Community dialogue attended by men and women

In March, Venture Strategies and Bixby Center staff conducted a monitoring trip to the five project areas in Kaduna State where community-based delivery of misoprostol is underway under the direction of our local partner organizations Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and PRHP. Our staff witnessed true collaboration and a positive community response. Overall, about 1500 community members have participated in 18 dialogues, exceeding project targets. Importantly the male involvement piece has been integral in this largely Moslem area. The husbands are receiving messages about misoprostol for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage and leave their name, address and wife’s due date, then midwives follow up and visit the pregnant mothers in their homes to distribute tablets.

Indeed, a clear strength of the project is the strong community involvement. Village chiefs are hosting regular monthly meetings in their homes for TBAs, patent medicine vendors (rural drug sellers), and community resource persons to further reinforce messages around misoprostol use for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage. During extensive community dialogues local project staff worked with women to create awareness of too much blood loss after delivery. A local rubber cup used for drinking water, popularly called a “moda” was found to hold exactly 500 ml of water. This provided a clear visual representation for the community to understand when a woman had lost too much blood after delivery and was facing a life-threatening emergency. Because the dialogues took place during the fasting period, funds allocated for lunch were used to sew hijabs, the garb that Moslem women wear over their clothing, head ties for Christian women and butas for the Moslem men. Each of these items had an inscription in Hausa that read “Take three tablets of misoprostol immediately after birth to prevent PPH.”


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VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations

Location: Irvine, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​
VSI, Venture Strategies Innovations
Project Leader:
Allison Boiles
Communications Specialist
Anaheim, California United States

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