New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How do you help a country struggling to provide quality health care, particularly to its rural citizens?

More doctors would be great. New and better clinics would help. But in some places, community health workers are an important part of the solution.

Community health workers live where they work. They’re not trained medical professionals, but they do have “training that is recognized by the health services and national certification authority,” according to the World Health Organization.

And they’ve become a boon in Nigeria, which has one of the world’s highest rates of maternal death — 576 per 100,000 live births in 2013. That’s about half a percent of all births, though the rate is as high as 1 percent in northern Nigeria.

Source: NPR (link opens in a new window)

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Education, Health Care
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community health workers, health care, rural healthcare delivery, skill development