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Project Overview


Nigeria accounts for about 20% of all global maternal deaths with an over 800 deaths per 100,000 live births and about 37 new born deaths per 1000 live births (WHO, 2015). Common causes of maternal death are pre-eclampsia, haemorrhage, sepsis, complication from abortion and obstructed labour, 80% of these causes are preventable. It is on this background that The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and Johnson & Johnson jointly present a project to the Kwara State Ministry of health, with sole agenda of improving maternal and neonatal health by building capacities of health care workers in basic and comprehensive emergency obstetrics and new born care (BEmONC and CEmONC) respectively. The project began in 2015 and in 21 facilities across 7 local government areas (LGAs). Currently, it is expanded to additional 9 LGAs, in 27 facilities thus benefiting the entire 16 LGAs in Kwara State as a scale up program to consolidate on achievement in previous LGAs. By the end of the state-wide program all 48 facilities would be supported to provide emergency obstetrics and newborn care services.


In August 2018, the WBFA, LSTM and Johnson and Johnson announced specific objectives to be achieved between 2018-2020. The objectives include:

To improve the quality of emergency obstetrics and new born care in all 16 local government area of kwara state.
To support pre-service midwifery institutions.
To improve the competency based EmONC training components of their curriculum.



Build capacity of healthcare workers in the University of IIorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) to support EmOC&NC interventions in Kwara state.
Maintain activities in the 21 facilities across 7 LGAs where we have previously worked
Build capacity in another 27 healthcare facilities across 9 additional LGAs to provide quality emergency obstetric and early newborn care.