New NGO In Northern Nigeria Pledges To Help Address Maternal Deaths
A newly floated non-governmental organisation, Amana Hope and Care Initiative’ (AHCI), says it is poised to help address the plight of vulnerable women and children, as well as maternal health in northern Nigeria.
“This has prompted me to establish AHCI, to contribute my quota and support ongoing effort in addressing these challenges,” founder and Chairperson of the Organization, Farida Abubakar said, while inaugurating the Board of Trustees in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.
The northern region bears the highest burden of maternal deaths in Nigeria, a country which averagely records 576 maternal deaths out of every 100,000 live births.
According to the country’s National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS2013), northwest Nigeria records 1024 maternal deaths out of every 100,000 live births, while northeast Nigeria, where the founder hails from, records 1054 of these deaths, out of every 100,000 live births.
The region also has the highest level of poverty in the country.