International Conference on Family Planning 2009

Family Planning: Research and Best Practices

Voices from the Frontlines: Zero Tolerance of Maternal Death

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The Honorable Saudatu Sani is a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, and chair of the Millennium Development Goals Committee in the House.

“I’m a champion of women’s health interests. … Our main challenge in Nigeria is human resources. We don’t have enough nurses or doctors. We can build the most beautiful clinics, but if we don’t have enough health care providers, we cannot help the 52,000 women who die every year in childbirth in Nigeria. … We are training 100,000 teachers to empower girls toward zero tolerance of maternal death. We are training teachers to talk to girls about their bodies, about health. Parliament is on the vanguard of committing to zero tolerance of maternal death. … I want to develop a Population and Development advocacy group within Parliament to promote maternal and child health.”

Written by C. Grillo | JHSPH

November 18, 2009 at 12:04 am

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