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  1. Technical Report on a Two - Day Capacity Building Workshop on The Use of Social Media for Knowledge Translation
  2. Okpekpe Community Receives IMCHA Program Implementation Partners at the Public Health Awareness Program
  3. Capacity Building Workshop on The Use of Social Media for Knowledge Translation
  4. WHARC Delivers Drugs to Four Primary Healthcare Centres in Edo state to Begin a Community-Based Drug Revolving Fund Scheme
  5. IDRC,WAHO to Visit Project Sites in Edo state.
  7. Edo State Local Government Service Commission Promises Increased Collaboration With WHARC  
  9. Factors that influence the use of Primary Healthcare services for skilled maternity care in rural parts of Nigeria
  10. WHARC launches community Health Interventions in Edo state



In Nigeria, only 65% of women receive antenatal care during pregnancy and less than one-third of Nigerian women receive skilled care during delivery. For the most part, women's reasons for not accessing maternal health services  include a lack of money to pay for health services, lack of transportation, perceptions about the negative attitudes of health workers, and lack of permission from husbands and other family members.

Therefore, the objective of this project is to generate scientific evidence that can strengthen the National Primary Health Care policy implementation strategies to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes in Nigeria using Edo State as case study. This project will provide insight into the issue by identifying the supply and demand factors that influence improved access to maternal health care services in Nigeria, particularly for rural women. With this base, the project will develop an implementation plan to expand the work to six geo-political zones in Nigeria.


Specific Objectives:

1. Identify the demand and supply factors responsible for use and non-use of primary health care for maternal, newborn and child health care in Esan South-East and Etsako-East LGAs of Edo State, Nigeria;
2. Based on Objective 1, to derive and implement a set of multi-faceted community-led interventions to increase women’s access to antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care services infive PHCs/communities in Esan South-East LGA. and Etsako-East LGAs of Edo State, Nigeria;
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented multi-faceted interventions by comparing both indicators of access to services, as well as maternal and fetal/newborn health outcomes, between the five intervention-receiving PHCs/communities vs. the five control communities/PHCs not receiving the intervention; and
4. Use the study findings to develop better implementation strategies of national PHC policy in Edo State


Currently State of the Project

The formative and data collection part of project were completed in 2017, followed by an intervention workshop attended by key stakeholders in primary health care systems in Edo State. Key officials of other Sub-grantee from Tanzania, Federal Ministry of Health, West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO), International Development Research Centre, and University of Ottawa – both in Canada were present for the two day workshop.

The intervention phase of the project t is currently on; this project will be completed in 2020.



This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa initiative-a partnership of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); with support from West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO).



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