Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The project was implemented by Plan International Nigeria (Principal Recipient) in collaboration with PPFN (Sub-recipient).
Year/Duration of implementation
2017 – 2019 (3 Years)
- Adult women and men aged 20-49
- Adolescent girls and boys 15-19 years
- Children <28 days
And Indirect Beneficiaries
- Women and Men aged 50+ years
- Girls and Boys <15 years
Challenges/Gaps that the project addressed (what is the problem).
The overall gap the project sought to address was the “high level of maternal and neonatal mortality in targeted regions among the most marginalized and vulnerable women and newborns”
Specifically, the project worked to address delay in seeking care which was attributed to –
- Lack of male support to their female partners in accessing MNCH/SRH including family planning services.
- Existing norms within the household which compel women to give birth at home – Delivering in the health facility is considered a sign of weakness.
- Negative interpretations of religious injunctions – e.g. child spacing is not permissible.
- Only sick people go to the hospital, a pregnant woman is considered healthy until she becomes critically ill.
Intervention (what did we do?)
Sensitized 320 traditional and religious leaders on the importance of MNCH/SRHR, including family planning; trained and actively engaged 162 members of male champions and 162 members of the 100 Women Group who conducted courtyard sessions on MNCH/SRHR, including family planning; formed a “first-time mothers’ club” which houses first-time mothers that were also trained to target their peers with MNCH/SRHR and FP messages; 810 Community Based Health Volunteers (CBHVs) and 405 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) were trained on household education and referral for MNCH/SRHR, including family planning services.
The Project trained 888 members of various facility Quality Improvement Teams (QIT) on facility governance and trained 162 volunteer drivers on the emergency transport system (ETS).
Outcomes/Results (what are the achievements)
- Members of the QIT have supported the renovation and rehabilitation of 105 health facilities.
- A total of 66,253 households were visited on family planning messages and 40,057 were referred for family planning messages for the first time by the CBHVs.
- The CBHVs have equally succeeded in referring 26,357 women for Post Natal Care.
- The CBHVs have also referred a total of 78, 607 women for Antenatal Care for the first time.
- A total of 53, 056 hospital deliveries were recorded.
- 8,914 men were reached with MNCH/SRHR information through the courtyard session.
- 8,588 women were reached with MNCH/SRHR information through the courtyard session.