Work Type : Consultancy
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The maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world with an estimated 576 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013).
Nigeria contributes about 10% of global burden of maternal deaths. The main causes of high maternal morbidity and mortality among women include anaemia in pregnancy due to malaria, intra-
partum and post-partum hemorrhage, sepsis, obstructed labour, and hypertensive conditions in pregnancy.
The morbidity and mortality among children in Nigeria is also very high. The under-five mortality rate staggers at 158 per 1,000 live births and the infant mortality (IMR) at 97 per 1,000 live births (MICS, 2011), but still higher than many other countries in Sub-
Saharan Africa with similar GDP. Pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhoea continue to take lives of many children in Nigeria. Under nutrition and malnutrition are major causes of childhood morbidity, It is estimated that 24% of children under five (U5) years of age are underweight and 36% of children are estimated to be stunted (MICS 2011).
Health indices are particularly very poor in the northern part of Nigeria. Maternal and infant mortality rates are 3-4 times the national average.
In Kebbi State, for example, 16.6% of adult women were underweight / thin and 23.8% overweight / obese. Both conditions are associated with negative nutritional outcomes in childhood.
Low birth weight, among other causes, is indicative of the poor nutritional status of the mother. The poor health indices in Nigeria may be attributable to four main problems identified with Nigeria’s health system which include :
Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, European Union and UNICEF launched the new EU-MNCH project which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-
optimal status of health for women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States characterized by high maternal and childhood deaths.
The goal of the project is to assist the Governments of Bauchi, Kebbi and Adamawa in line with their State Strategic Health Development Plans (SSHDP) to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths by significantly improving the health and nutrition status of women and children under 5 years by ensuring an equitable and strengthened primary health care delivery system.
In order to support human resources and deliver appropriately, UNICEF intends to recruit consultants that will manage programme implementation in Adamawa State.
This position is to support the State ministry of health, state primary health care development agency and other partners in the implementation of evidence-
based interventions that will result in the scale-up of and improved access to maternal and newborn health services with a particular focus on systems strengthening, local capacity building, focused mentoring in local facilities and communities in Adamawa State.
The officer will support the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners in the implementation of various strategies and interventions that will strengthen partnership for policy reforms, sector governance and stewardship at LGA level, increased transparency and accountability, capacity building, provision of sustainable and scaled-
up integrated MNCH service delivery with equity and community participation.
Programme ID & Specific Project Involved :
The goal is to significantly contribute to the reduction of maternal, new-born and child mortality and morbidity in Adamawa State in Nigeria, towards the achievement of SDGs as well to establish an integrated primary health care model which can be easily scaled up.
The overall objective is to improve the nutrition and health status of women and children through a sustainable primary health care delivery system and improved community resilience.
Major Responsibilities :
MNCH programme, especially promotion of MNCH behaviours
based groups, women and youth groups for effective promotion of MNCH behaviours at community level
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