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Project December 17, 2021

Maternal Health in Nigeria: What Can Nigeria Learn from Rwanda?

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With a maternal mortality ratio of 512 deaths per 100,000 live births, Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman to give birth. In 2018 alone, maternal deaths in the country accounted for almost 20% of the world's total. Despite millions in foreign aid from organizations like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nigeria’s maternal mortality ratio has only reduced by 30% in the last two decades. With the U.N. sustainable development goal deadline approaching in 2030, Nigeria has less than 10 years to reduce its maternal mortality ratio by over 80%. The project looks at what Nigeria can learn from Rwanda, a country that has succeeded in significantly reducing maternal deaths, and whether a new program with lofty goals will make an impact.

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