Child Mortality Reduction
Target 3.1 of SDG 3 aims to reduce the global Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) to less than 70 per 100, 000 live births by 2030. A more recent World Health Organization (WHO) publication titled ―Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM), establishes that no country should have an MMR greater than 140 per 100, 000 live births by 2030 although it has already been projected that sub-Saharan Africa is likely to lag behind both the national and global targets.
Blue Gate Initiative knows that to prevent women from dying during pregnancy and childbirth, all women must receive basic preventive and primary reproductive health care services, including preconception and inter-conception care, comprehensive sexuality education, family planning and contraception, as well as adequate skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. We, however, emphasize that basic inequities in health and avoidable health inequalities occasioned by social, cultural and economic conditions and policies remain which limit women‘s access to evidence-based clinical and preventative interventions aimed at reducing maternal mortality. Notably, these disparities in access to and in the quality of health care exist in the presence of any factor that increases the chances of discrimination and unequal treatment.
Our common interventions among women focus on some of the sociocultural factors contributing to adverse maternal health outcomes in Nigeria which include inadequate access to education, poor socio-economic status, and gender inequalities/social disempowerment of women.
Other interventions focus on harmful traditional and cultural practices, poor knowledge and health-seeking behaviour of women.
Blue Gate Initiative is a leading women’s health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival. We provide training to health care professionals and partner with governments and communities to make high-quality family planning and sexual and reproductive health services available—today and for generations to come.